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
  • FlooringCeramic, Oak, Stone
  • A/CYes
  • HeatingBase Board, Hot Air
  • FireplaceFireplaces: 0
  • Half Baths1


  • GeneralAluminum, Wood, Other
  • StyleContemporary


  • RoofingRubber
  • WindowsThermopane
  • GeneralOther, Contemporary, Slab


  • Zoning01, 78.-1-59.100
  • ViewCountry, Hilltop, Panoramic, Pond
  • RestrictionsNo


  • Utilities200 Amps, Circuit Breakers, Underground
  • WaterWell
  • SewerSeptic Tank


  • SourceColumbia Greene Northern Dutchess MLS, Columbia Greene Northern Dutchess MLS
  • CommissionBuyer Agency Compensation: 2.5

Property Features

  • 01
  • 200 Amps
  • 78.-1-59.100
  • Aluminum
  • Base Board
  • Buyer Agency Compensation: 2.5
  • Ceramic
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Columbia Greene Northern Dutchess MLS
  • Contemporary
  • Country
  • Fireplaces: 0
  • Hilltop
  • Hot Air
  • No
  • Oak
  • Panoramic
  • Pond
  • Rubber
  • Septic Tank
  • Slab
  • Stone
  • Thermopane
  • Underground
  • Well
  • Wood
  • Yes

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Location: 44 Engel Road, Austerlitz, New York 12017