Reminiscent of a European fairytale from yesteryear, this cozy yet spacious 1950s Bavarian cottage has been painstakingly reimagined from top to bottom by designer Major Jacks. The distinctive residence offers two-bedrooms plus a large multi-functional den and two full baths across three finished levels, and is tucked away on 3.72 scenic secluded acres in the sought-after private community of Black Forest.

3BD, 2BA | Approx. 1,900sqft over 3 levels | 3.72 wooded acres | Unique 1950’s Bavarian cottage set across a footbridge on a babbling brook | Designer restored by Major Jacks in 2021 | High-speed internet | Fireplace | Secluded location in Black Forest, a private community where residents have exclusive access to 1100 acres of hiking trails and swimming holes | Rentals/AirB&B are not permitted | 15 minutes to Barryville or Eldred amenities, 30 minutes to Narrowsburg, 25 min to Metro North at Port Jervis | Asking $625,000

Listed by Erica Keberle at Compass. For more information or showings, contact Erica Keberle via email at or (917) 690-5405 or DM @majorjackscatskills on Instagram.

A footbridge over the babbling Mill Brook leads to the enchanted storybook home from the long driveway connected to a private road. Perhaps one of the most unique properties in the Sullivan County Catskills, the utmost thought and care has been taken by local artisans to restore this magical home.

Entering the elegant foyer, you will find a gracious curved staircase with a striking railing along with original dentil moldings. Behind the foyer, the eat-in chef’s kitchen has been tastefully reconfigured and features black hexagonal tiled floors, hand routed black walnut countertops, abundant cabinetry with upscale brass hardware, new stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher, refrigerator, and range with a crowned chimney hood), a built-in credenza for effortless entertaining, a stunning picture windowed dining area with a built-in shelving nook, designer lighting and vintage wallpaper. A door from the kitchen leads to the riverfront patio for morning coffee and evening cocktails, and a mudroom/pantry just off of the kitchen adds further storage or flexible use. An archway frames the inviting sunken living room with a fireplace to keep things warm and toasty in the winter, a mantle for your treasured heirlooms, millwork, flawless original hardwood floors, and multiple windows to gaze at the enchanting landscape. The first bedroom, which can be used as a home office, den, or guest room, is also found on this level, along with the first full bathroom boasting a beautifully refurbished antique vanity and an oversized arched shower with custom tile-work and high-end fixtures.

Wind your way upstairs to the landing, which can be used as a dressing area, work or play nook. There are two rooms on this level for flexible bedrooms options, including one with river views and a closet and a second with charming built-ins, a closet, and a balcony. The windowed bathroom positioned between the two rooms has the most unique view, and offers marble flooring, a tub with polished brass fixtures, and hidden storage.

An additional curved staircase leads to the finished walkout basement, also with river views. This insulated and heated recreational area offers several versatile spaces for lounging, working, exercise, creativity, and storage, and includes a surprise wine cellar, and a washer/dryer hookup. There is a garden shed under the front patio for storage and a detached garage behind the house for more potential studio or workshop space. Enjoy year-round recreational activities and relaxing by – or in – the river, or next to the fire pit on your sprawling forest-like property with multiple water features and bridges.

Storybook House is located in Black Forest, which is a private gated community situated on 2,000 acres of natural beauty in the Sullivan County Catskills. Residents have exclusive access to 1,100 acres of mapped hiking trails, swimming holes, stunning ravines, fishing, and winter fun. Black Forest  is a diverse community with an active membership hosting seasonal activities at the charming Clubhouse, including a traditional Oktoberfest.

Feel tucked away from it all and yet just minutes from conveniences and adventure as you explore the Upper Delaware Valley. Only 15 minutes to Eldred amenities (Peck’s grocery, Shrewd Fox Brewery, post office, ice cream parlor, liquor store, Irene’s Diner, Churchill Classics), or the Barryville Farmer’s Market, cocktails at Bang Bang Bar, and the Delaware River. Just 30 minutes to charming Narrowsburg or the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center, and 25 minutes to Metro North at Port Jervis. An easy trip from New York City for one of the most unique and idyllic country escapes in the Catskills.

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