Location: Rhinebeck, NY
Standing right next to a roaring 60-foot-tall waterfall in scenic upstate New York, the longtime family estate of architect Steve Mensch—a residence he designed himself— could not get any closer to nature. Not only does the main open-plan living, dining, and kitchen pavilion offer a direct, sweeping view of the falls, but a flagstone path also connects the space to a covered sitting area that's virtually floating above the dramatic landscape.
In a 2005 book on Hudson Valley homes, Mensch describes his material choices. The copper roofing material was chosen because of "its color and patina blend well with the water and woods." As for the interiors, the dark mahogany paneling and raw granite floors "create a quiet, contemplative mood." Much of the rest of the residence, which includes three bedrooms and a movie room, feature stunning views out to surrounding woodlands. Though Mensch's property includes hundreds of acres, the main house, along with a two-story artist studio, two-bedroom guesthouse, and suspension bridge over the river, are currently on the market for $$8,995,000.
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