Set high amidst upland fields surrounded by wild forest, the Glen Overlook offers a wilderness experience of isolated tranquility at the most genuine level. This remarkable property presents a rare combination of a high-country wilderness location, together with a large and distinctive facility, in a most dramatic and private setting. At an elevation of 2,000 feet, and centered in the Adirondack Park's 48,000 acre Jay and Hurricane Wilderness Preserves, this is one of the highest and easternmost grand Adirondack Wilderness properties to be offered in many years.
Extensive earthmoving and landscaping provide a dramatic context for the house itself. Both landscape and architecture were designed to offer guests and residents a quintessential venue to distance oneself from the outside world, and to promote a reflective and meaningful experience. Conservation ponds set high up on the mountain attract local wildlife while fostering introspection through a direct relation with nature. Substantial and architecturally fascinating, the Glen Overlook was built in a grand but rustic style: the predominant use of hand-hewed timbers and recycled wood from old barns offers a tangible sense of history and old-world temporality. At approximately 6,100 square feet, the house features cedar shake roofs, timber and granite colonnades with large banks of thermopane glass, and floors with 24" wide planks, brick, or slate. There are 18+ rooms, 2 full and four half-baths, indoor wooden hot tub, lots of character, and lots of views. This home is big and rugged, while maintaining a down-to-earth sensibility. Its rustic quality contributes to its unusual and communal character: Spacious, high-ceilinged common rooms combine with versatile sleeping accommodations and shared bathrooms. Two kitchens, upper and lower entries, and a multi-story layout, can effectively make two homes in one. Central hot water heat is installed throughout most of the house via a multi-fuel heating plant. A detached 5-bay garage has two large, airy finished studio spaces above, for use year 'round. With approx. 68 acres centered in such a large wilderness area, abundant wildlife is often seen: moose, deer, bear, coyotes, foxes, bobcat, fisher, otter, red wolf, marten, beaver, frogs, giant salamanders... and the list goes on.
A myriad of songbirds build their nests at this high elevation, along with ducks, geese, and turkeys. Walk, ski or snowshoe on your private mile of wood road loop, zoom down the toboggan run, swim and canoe, fish for brook trout in the pond or in the 2 upland streams. The large, level front lawn offers other activities and the possibility for events. Numerous High Peaks hiking trails are close by. Vistas include the Jay Mountain Range, Whiteface Mountain and the Wilmington Range, and the Sentinel, Hurricane Soda and Stephenson Ranges. Despite its remoteness and privacy, access is good. The location on a one-lane gravel road enhances the sense of distance from civilization, while the road is maintained by the town year-'round.
There are several approaches to this destination: From the south from Northway 87 exit 30 (Keene); from the west from Lake Placid; and from the north, from Northway exit 34 (Keeseville). The easterly approach offers a real adventure, traveling from Essex or Lewis (Northway exit 32), up out of the Champlain Valley and over the Jay Range on a seasonal, one-lane track. Ascending through the wilderness forest, the road finally crests the Jay Mountain pass, thrusting the traveler into a new world as the vista opens onto the pristine Ausable River valleys and High Peaks region. This 6-mile access becomes a snowshoe, ski and snowmobile passage in winter months. Driving distances in miles: New York 300; Boston 260; Montreal 110; Lake Placid 23; Whiteface Ski center 12.
It is truly rare that such an exceptional high-country wilderness location combines with such a substantial and architecturally unique facility, in a setting so beautifully landscaped. This is truly a legacy property with great potential.