Wonders of Wood

A Luxury Log Home in West Shokan

  |  By   |  Photographs by Deborah DeGraffenreid

If the log cabin-dwelling pioneers of old were alive to see 935 Moonhaw Road, they would be in awe of its seven bedrooms, five baths, and 6,286 square feet on 9.42 secluded acres. “It was always a personal fantasy of mine to have a log cabin home,” the current owner says. “I love the raw, natural character of the heavy logs in the post-and-beam-style construction, but I also wanted the house to have a sunny, open feel.”

$2,800,000
Listed by Eric Amaral, Lic. Assoc. R.E. Broker
845-430-8452
eric.amaral@coldwellbanker.com
and Heidi Maloney, Lic. Assoc. R.E. Broker
845-399-2527
heidi.maloney@coldwellbanker.com
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The owner’s fantasy came to life with the help of internationally renowned architect Murray Arrnot, who married the luxury log cabin associated with Aspen or Jackson Hole to a contemporary style. The walls are made of 14-inch-thick Western red cedar from British Columbia, but the design incorporates elements of natural stone, glass, and cast iron. A kind of castle of the Catskills, the owner calls it “rustic contemporary.”

“The guiding principle of the design comes from the two creeks that flow through the property,” says Arrnot. “The whole structure has the feel of a natural evolution, as if it grew right out of the site.” The home has won awards from both the American Institute of Building Design and the International Log Building Association, and the architect’s shake-and-concrete roof design—another award-winner—will last “forever,” Arrnot says.

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There are multiple stone fireplaces, radiant heating, and central air conditioning; during the warmer months it offers a surrounding outdoor deck and patio areas, a gazebo, and stone bridges. Inside, the home has a towering cathedral ceiling and eight-foot-wide hallways, and it comes with an accompanying guest cabin.

Situated at the end of a private road, the house is surrounded by Catskill State Park’s thousands of acres of wild, protected woodland. “With the strict building restrictions in place to prevent further development of the area, it really is a spot that’s impossible to replace,” the owner says. The nearby hamlet of West Shokan, two hours north New York City, is close to the shops and restaurants of Woodstock, Kingston, and Phoenicia.

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“There’s a highly peaceful, positive spiritual energy here that I’ve never felt anywhere else,” says the owner. “It’s the perfect getaway spot for accommodating extended family, and we really hadn’t planned to ever move on. But since our family is downsizing, it’s time for someone else to enjoy it.”

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