EPHEMERAL EDGE is an iconic retreat located in the outskirts of Chatham/Austerlitz, about a 2.5 hour drive upstate from New York City. The bucolic site lies at the convergence of two diversities, a forested hillside and a pond, both overlooking a panoramic vista in the distance. To capture the views, New York-based Dean/Wolf Architects curved the house in plan, allowing the building’s steel structure to sit on concrete foundations along the pond’s edge, an effect which impressed the jury of the 59th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards.” What makes this project unique is the way the building embraces the pond,” juror Joseph Rosa said. Except for a patio that bisects the house, from pond to forest, the forest-side elevation is kept mostly opaque, directing the eye out through the lakeside facade. Gazing on that elevation capitalizes on the site’s over-water views; the interior is partitioned such that each room creates a sight line to the center of the pond and beyond. Landscaping by Reed-Hilderbrand and Jamie Purinton. High-end finishes include: La Canche, Ingo-Maurer, Bosche, Mielhele, Sub-Zero


  • AppliancesClothes Dryer, Clothes Washer, Dishwasher, Freezer, Generator, Refrigerator, Stove
  • BasementSlab
  • A/CHeat Pump
  • HeatingBase Board, Hot Air
  • GeneralGas Stove Connection
  • RoomsBreakfast Nook, Formal Dining Room, Foyer, Laundry/ Util. Room, Office/ Computer Room, Pantry, Workshop
  • Master BedroomCeiling Fans, Hard Wood Floor
  • BedroomsCeiling Fans, Hard Wood Floor, Ceiling Fans, Hard Wood Floor
  • Master BathHard Wood Floor
  • KitchenCeiling Fans, Hard Wood Floor, Pantry
  • Living RoomBalcony/ Deck, Ceiling Fans, Dining Area, Hard Wood Floor
  • Family RoomFireplace, Hard Wood Floor
  • FlooringCeramic, Oak, Stone
  • Disability FeatureNo
  • BathroomsHard Wood Floor, Hard Wood Floor
  • Half Baths1
  • Quarter Baths1


  • GeneralOther, Aluminum, Wood, Other
  • StyleContemporary
  • ParkingUnder House Garage
  • ImprovementsNone


  • RoofingRubber
  • GeneralFrame, Wood
  • WindowsThermopane


  • Zoning01
  • WaterfrontNone
  • ViewCountry, Hilltop, Panoramic, Pond
  • FencingNone


  • WaterWell
  • SewerSeptic Tank
  • UtilitiesCable Available, Electric Available


  • Road/AccessPaved


  • DistrictChatham Central School District

Property Features

  • 01
  • Aluminum
  • Balcony/ Deck
  • Base Board
  • Breakfast Nook
  • Cable Available
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Ceramic
  • Contemporary
  • Country
  • Dining Area
  • Electric Available
  • Fireplace
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Foyer
  • Frame
  • Gas Stove Connection
  • Hard Wood Floor
  • Heat Pump
  • Hilltop
  • Hot Air
  • Laundry/ Util. Room
  • No
  • Oak
  • Office/ Computer Room
  • Panoramic
  • Pantry
  • Paved
  • Pond
  • Rubber
  • Septic Tank
  • Slab
  • Stone
  • Thermopane
  • Under House Garage
  • Well
  • Wood
  • Workshop

Residential Info

Property Details

Location: 44 Engel Road, Austerlitz, New York 12017