I'm a psychologist and my wife is in in public relations. I have private practices in Brooklyn and Manhattan and I'm a research scientist at NYU, where I did much of my training. I grew up in Denver, thus the love for mountains. I grew up hiking, skiing and tubing in rivers and loved it all I had to keep doing it when I moved to New York. My wife grew up i a small town outside of Kansas City and she used to hop on a bus to get to the Colorado mountains. We met in NYC and we live in Brooklyn, which we adore. When we aren't up in the Catskills for the weekend we might be riding our bikes around Brooklyn.
Todd purchased this chalet in 2001
I moved to NYC in 1993 and by 2001 was thinking that I still loved the city, so wanted to keep living in it, but also wanted to balance my time there with some time in nature. Since I grew up 15 minutes away from the mountains I wanted the mountains back in my life on a regular basis. I had been visiting a friend's place in the Catskills and found the mountains to be so sweet and charming. Different from the grand vistas of the Colorado mountains and just as beautiful in their own way. I loved the little towns in the Catskills - Hunter, Tannersville, Phoenicia, Woodstock - towns nestled in mountains are always special to me and I seem to find myself seeking them out wherever I travel in the world. Some of the ski areas, both downhill and cross country, reminded me of how ski areas in Colorado were when I was growing up - they have a rustic charm to them that feels in harmony with the mountains. I wanted to spend time swimming in creeks and hiking through the trees. And now I do!
As I was looking for a place in the Catskills I kept coming upon houses that either felt very interior, in which case I would imagine myself wanting to go out to a cafe just to get outside (wait, that sounds like what I like to do in the city, not the mountains!) or they felt like just any house that could be anywhere. This house was the only one I saw that felt open - like a treehouse with so much glass looking out onto the deck and mountains - and therefore felt related to the trees and mountains around it. It felt a bit magical to me. I bought the property and had a great time slowly changing it to make it especially inspiring to me.