PHOENICIA was recently FEATURED in TRAVEL & LEISURE'S 25 EASY WEEKEND GETAWAYS issue of May 2013!! Come see what the talk is all about.
Experience the best of PHOENICIA, in the CATSKILL MOUNTAINS near WOODSTOCK, while staying at our impeccably-maintained, 2400 sq. foot Dutch Colonial home. Expertly renovated and an LEED certified 'GREEN' home in the heart of CATSKILL MOUNTAINS in Phoenicia, NY (Budget Magazine's 'Top Ten Coolest Small Towns). Experience seclusion and quiet in a breath-taking natural environment. Soak up the fresh mountain air, while still being steps from lively Main Street and the famous Esopus Creek (FISHING, TUBING, SWIMMING).
The house includes a lusciously landscaped, fenced in yard, saline in-ground POOL, MOUNTAIN VIEWS (property backs up on State Preserve and hiking trails), gas grill, and adult tree house. Fifteen minutes to SKIING at BELLARYE and HUNTER mountains. After a full day of skiing, store equipment in the mudroom and dry clothes in the Energy-Efficient dryer.
Enjoy the qualities and eye-pleasing aesthetic of a VINTAGE HOME (French Doors, chestnut woodwork, pine floors, hardware details) with LUXURIOUS, MODERN UPDATES (renovated spa-like bathrooms with subway tile and a rain shower, central A/C, radiant heating in bathroom, master suite walk-in closet, top of the line European heating system with controls in each room, electric pool cover). Use the sunny, fully stocked kitchen for cooking up local farm bounty. Large, fenced in back yard includes in-ground saline pool, whimsical tree house with spiral stair case (adult sized kids fit too), kid sized country cabin, fruit orchard and a spectacular view of the mountains (MT. TREMPER especially). House is next to town park/State Land with hiking trails in the Catskills. Entertain in the big dining room on the Danish Modern table (seats up to 10) or in the vintage, pine GAME ROOM (poker table, bar, guitar). Read a book in the quiet nook of a well-stocked LIBRARY. Property includes a two car garage with room for five more vehicles in the state-of-the-art weather resistant gravel driveway. Though no need to drive as the Trailways bus stop (2 ½ hours from Port Authority) is three blocks from the house with direct routes to New York City.
Walk to town (steps away) and enjoy local restaurants, bars, art galleries, supermarket, local stores, and the famous Mystery Shop thrift store. First floor guest wing includes a separate exterior entrance on paved, level ground, comfortable twin bed, desk and a half bath. Perfect for use as a writers retreat or as nanny/mother or father-in-law quarters.
AMENITIES include in-ground, heated saline pool with electric cover (open May-Nov. 1st), TV/DVD, iPod sound system, HE washer/dryer, dishwasher, outdoor gas grill, dishwasher, microwave, fully equipped kitchen with oven and 4 top gas stove, linens/towels, radiant heating in master bedroom suite, basic cable, Wi-Fi, library, central A/C, covered parking.
Christian Smythe & Swanna MacNair: We primarily live in the West Village, Manhattan, but recently purchased our dream home in the Catskills. Born in New Jersey, Christian grew up hiking, biking camping and exploring the Catskill mountains and always dreamed of a home there. Swanna hails from New Orleans & the Mississippi Gulf, but spent over a decade in Southern California. Both Christian and Swanna share a love of books and both work in Publishing. Hence the well-stocked library!
We were thrilled to make our union official, and got 'hitched' May 2013 in New Orleans. After all the excitement of a true, New Orleans style wedding, complete with a 'Second Line' brass band parade through the streets of the French Quarter, followed by an incredible honeymoon on Italy's Amalfi Coast, returning to 'reality' was so much easier knowing we had the house in Phoenicia to enjoy.
We hope you, our guests, enjoy the beautiful hamlet of Phoenicia and our loving home just as much as we do!
A self-described 'beach girl,' Swanna had admittedly not spent much time in the area. While visiting a friend in High Falls, Christian decided to show Swanna his favorite town in the Catskills-Phoenicia. She immediately connected to the town. The beauty of the mountains, the kind people, the pizza at Brio's...what's not to love! Long story short, upon returning to the city, Swanna started looking at properties online. She found this house and knew it was 'the one.' We looked houses in town, but none compared to Saint Ursula Place. The best part about the house is the previous owner is a well-knewn luxury contractor. He put a tremendous amount of love and care into the house. We were impressed by all the modern upgrades, yet careful restoration of the might Colonial. The saline pool sure didn't hurt either.
We love spending time with family and friends in our home.
No car needed! Walk to town, yet still enjoy the seclusion and beauty of the mountains and nature inside at the house. Great for large families and young children.