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Location: Cold Spring, N.Y.
The Skinny: Choosing green rainscreen paneling for the exterior of a LEED Silver Certified house may seem a bit on the nose, but it's actually a design element meant to help this slick, modern creation blend in with the lush surrounding forest. According to River Architects, this attempt at incorporating the home into the landscape extends to the silhouette: the deck is anchored to an adjoining hill, and the smaller lower level is clad in black rainscreen paneling to create the effect of a house that seems to "hover over the landscape". There are a home office and bathroom on the lower level, but the bulk of the living space is upstairs, where the views are. A combination living/dining area opens out onto the deck, and there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with the master suite opening onto a private balcony. The home is on five heavily wooded acres just down the road from historic downtown Cold Spring Village, a popular weekend spot for Manhattanites seeking outdoor R&R. Good location and overall environmental friendliness notwithstanding, it's been on and off the market since September of last year and currently asks $1.35M, a PriceChop of $250K off the original ask.