Hudson Valley Modern – The home of John Gillespie Jr and writer Susan Orlean, known for ‘The Orchid Thief’ and The Library Book , this modern masterpiece is gently nestled into a landscape of 56 pastoral acres with views of Stissing Mountain towering over the Taconic Range. Designed by award-winning Cutler Anderson Architects, based in Bainbridge Island, Washington, the residence is a wonderful example of the firm’s attention to detail and sensitivity to the natural environment. Skillfully built stone walls create a pathway running from the driveway to the front entrance with the views dramatically revealed as one steps inside. Distant mountains and a meadow in the foreground are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows that run the length of the house. The home is organized into two separate wings – a public one that comprises the open kitchen, dining and living area as well as a semi-private wing that includes a study, den, and three bedrooms. A south-facing patio with fireplace connects the two wings and provides outdoor living space. The main living space, which showcases the home’s post-and-beam structure, includes the eat-in kitchen with custom beechwood cabinetry; built-in bookshelves and storage; window seats playfully set into the wall of glass; and a fireplace that anchors the seating area. A hallway leads to the study; two bedrooms that share a bath; and the primary bedroom that includes a private spa-like bath with a double-size soaking tub. All rooms take full advantage of the views and overlook a gently rolling meadow. Rounding out the living space is a den, with a hidden Murphy bed, that makes for a cozy sitting area and guest room when needed as well as a spacious mud room/laundry area plus a pantry. In addition to the home, the property includes a welcoming writer’s studio, a separate detached barn that could be made into a guest home, a treehouse, as well as a pergola overlooking a pond professionally designed by renowned Anthony Archer-Wills. The ground


  • SubdivisionNone
  • StyleContemporary, Other
  • Year Built2005
  • ExteriorStone, Wood
  • RoofingMetal
  • HeatingPropane, Radiant
  • CoolingCentral Air


  • ExteriorBarn, Gazebo, Other, Patio
  • Interior9+ Foot Ceilings, French Doors, Master Bath, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-In Closets
  • ViewMountain, Panoramic
  • Security
  • Floor CoveringsSlate, Wood


  • Bedrooms3
  • Full Baths2
  • 1/2 Baths1


  • DistrictPine Plains Central (Col)
  • ElementarySeymour Smith Elem (COL)
  • MiddleSeymour Smith Elem (COL)
  • HighStissing Mountain HS (COL)

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Location: 79 Mcneil Rd, Gallatin, NY 12567