Drama. It’s everywhere. Even in our homes. When it comes to residential theatricality there are two types: good and bad. We’re all familiar with the bad sort – teenagers slamming doors, toddlers crying over spilled milk, etc, etc. But the good type of drama isn’t always immediately obvious, unless your home is at 441 Clum Hill Road. This house is a shining paragon of the right kind of domestic drama!
The drama begins with 441 Clum Hill Road’s storied pedigree. It was built in 1902 as a personal residence with impressive architecture designed to capture equally impressive views. Later it became a school for the study of Opera. Singers, teachers, musicians, conductors and composers traveled up from New York City and found respite and inspiration in the mountains. The property was the perfect place for artistic collaboration and exploration. The pillared great room with an interior balcony was their performance space, a showplace for the results of all that creative energy; a private theatre, 2 stories, with huge windows that allow the views to contribute to the overall impression of the performance. It is a magnificent central point of the home. Concert pianist Vladimir Horowitz and the legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini were frequent visitors, each made their artistic contributions, and Toscanini made a horticultural contribution that lives on today. Grape vines, planted by Toscanini in 1933 still cling to the stone walls, a living piece of Italy in the Catskills, placed there by one of Italy’s most celebrated musicians. Dramatic.
Built in the Greek Revival style 441 Clum Hill Road has a sophisticated Mediterranean feel that is not at all common in the Catskills. Impressive stone walls form a walled garden around the home as well as the beautiful in ground pool. Openings in the garden walls, finished with ornate lanterns, a unique roof, and decorative fencing perfectly frame the views to charming effect. The home is accessed down a long private drive and the entry is flanked by two impressive stone pillars. The parking area, finished with pavers, is fit for a large crowd. Guests enter through what appears to be the rear of the home. The pillared grandeur of the “front” is reserved for those who are invited in to the inner sanctum of the garden. Drama via exclusivity!
Inside is both elegant and stately, charming and comfortable, with expansive entertaining areas, as well as tempting corners for contemplation or canoodling. Marble baths, large bedrooms, a dining area that could seat the cast of Game of Thrones (and be well suited to it), and large expanses of wall to display an art collection are just a few dramatic features. 5,688 square feet of space. Just imagine the several parallel story lines that might unfold inside, while another takes place by the pool, and a few more evolve somewhere on the 26 acres that make up the property. Infinite opportunity for romance.
441 Clum Hill Road is just 2.25 hours outside NYC. It’s convenient to both Phoenicia and Hunter so if you somehow find yourself short on drama at home (impossible), you could spend the evening in Phoenicia having a good meal and attending the theatre or paying homage to your property’s history at the Phoenicia Festival of The Voice, or you could head to Hunter to take your drama in the form of outdoor adventure.
If you’re looking for a domicile that surpasses domestic on its way to climactic, visit this property. An enticing mix of grandeur, comfort and mementos from the past, this majestic retreat is waiting for the next part of its story to begin.