An Architect’s Barrel-Vaulted Home in the Hudson Valley Treetops Asks $1.45M

An Architect’s Barrel-Vaulted Home in the Hudson Valley Treetops Asks $1.45M

By Kathryn M.
The midcentury home in Dobbs Ferry, New York, features arched cedar ceilings built by a Norwegian shipbuilder.

An architect’s barrel-vaulted residence is one of the latest homes to hit the market in the waterfront community of Dobbs Ferry in the Hudson River Valley. Built in 1961, the property was originally the home of local architect Ferdinand Gottlieb, best known for designing the interior of the first Rizzoli Bookstore on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. For his hillside home, Gottlieb designed a trio of arched volumes, the middle of which frames a 12-foot-high wall of glass.

Located on a hillside lot in the town of Dobbs Ferry, New York, the Ferdinand Gottlieb Residence features three distinctive arched sections. Shown here, the rear of the home overlooks lush landscaping and treetops, which hide a backyard pool down below.

Inside, a dramatic arched roof makes a bold impression in the central living area. The cedar-clad ceiling was originally crafted by a Norwegian shipbuilder, and it’s echoed in two arched sections on either side of this space.

Sited on a sloping corner lot, the two-story structure prioritizes natural light and views with top-floor living spaces that feature large windows and French doors overlooking a rear deck. The main entrance opens into the middle of the home, with the kitchen to one side and steps leading down to an open-concept living room and formal dining area.

A nearly full-width wall of glass frames the treetops and distant views across the Hudson River. French doors connect the living area to a deck that spans the entire rear facade.

Another view of the living room shows the elevated entryway behind the fieldstone fireplace. A formal dining area is located on the opposite side of the living space.

A modernized kitchen is located near an informal dining area.

The all-new kitchen features European-designed cabinetry, as well as quartz countertops, upgraded appliances, and open shelving.

Last sold in 2018, the home offers four bedrooms and four full bathrooms, spread out over more than 2,600 square feet of living space. The recently renovated kitchen boasts Reform cabinetry, custom wood shelving, Aurea Stone quartz countertops, and a Bertazzoni range.

Downstairs, a private bedroom suite comes with a kitchenette and its own entrance. The verdant, .22-acre lot—with multiple bluestone patios and a saltwater swimming pool—completes the package. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $1,450,000.

Located just off the living area, the principal suite also offers an arched ceiling and direct access to the rear deck.

On the opposite side of the home, a bedroom provides access to the rear deck and features built-in bookshelves in one corner.

A home office features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking home’s wooded surroundings.

A deck spanning the rear facade overlooks the treetops.

The lush landscaping hides an in-ground saltwater pool and a bluestone patio.

A look at the lower-level bedroom, which also includes an adjacent bathroom.

The saltwater pool and surrounding patio are nestled into a hidden corner of the lot.

The home’s main entrance is bordered by a bluestone patio and is accessible via a staircase from the street.

125 Southlawn Avenue in Dobbs Ferry, New York, is currently listed for $1,450,000 by Anthony Lando of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty.

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