A Centuries-Old “Floating Farmhouse” Lists for $2.9M in the Catskills

The 3,400-square-foot home in Eldred, New York—originally featured in Dwell in 2012—is seeking a new owner after an extensive remodel by self-taught designer Tom Givone.
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Location: 1 Marcel 4 Road, Eldred, New York

Price: $2,875,000

Year built: 1820

Footprint: 3,400 square feet (four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths)

Lot size: 8.69 acres

From the agent: "Floating Farmhouse, available for the first time. The circa 1820 four-bedroom home extends over 3,400 square feet and 8.7 idyllic acres of open fields, apple trees, and virgin pine forest in picturesque Sullivan County. Perched at the edge of a pristine Catskills swimming creek and waterfall cascading over a restored dam of ancient hand-laid stone, the home and its sprawling cantilevered covered porch ‘float’ above the surface of the water, giving this home its iconic name. Following a four-year design/rebuild process by acclaimed designer Tom Givone, the home has been meticulously restored to its period grandeur while melding uniquely modernist architecture."

Designer Tom Givone transformed a 19th-century homestead in Eldred, New York, into his peaceful weekend retreat, dubbed the Floating Farmhouse. During the renovation, Givone added a new wing to the original gabled structure that is finished with a 22-foot-tall wall of glass.

"The enormous kitchen includes 20-foot vaulted ceilings with massive hand-hewn beams, radiant polished concrete floors, and a soaring ‘curtain wall’ of glass and steel," says the listing agent. The updated space is finished with locally quarried bluestone countertops and custom cabinetry.

"The wall’s latticed steelwork was hand-bathed in acid over many months to achieve its uniquely rich patina, as was the floor-to-ceiling, sculptural steel tower opposite with a built-in woodburning pizza oven at its base," says the listing agent.

Glass-paneled doors connect the kitchen/dining area to the covered patio and surrounding lawn.

The addition’s pitched roofline matches the form of the original 1820s farmhouse. 

"Off the kitchen is the 1,000-square-foot great room with an oversize woodburning fireplace, original wide-plank floors, custom wainscoting milled from trees on the property, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the creek," says the listing agent.

Upstairs, the principal bedroom features an oversize fireplace with a built-in nook for wood storage. Givone scouted the hand-hewn ceiling beams from a Pennsylvania barn.

In the primary bath, a freestanding tub with jets sits near a walk-in rain shower.

The second level includes two more bedrooms and a guest bathroom. There is another guest bedroom and half bath on the ground floor.

The upstairs guest bath includes a salvaged 19th-century soaking tub wrapped in stainless steel. Givone also installed a hand-chiseled sink made of 17th-century marble quarried from the hills outside of Rome. 

A 12-by-50-foot covered side porch cantilevers over a stream that runs through the site.

The 8.69-acre Catskills property also includes an 1800s structure that Givone reimagined with a retractable door and translucent panels of anodized aluminum (most commonly used for MacBooks), which flood the interior with light.

The detached building, perfect for dinner parties or events, is appropriately dubbed the MacBarn.

"The Floating Farmhouse also operates as a well-established luxury vacation rental and film/photo shoot location, providing substantial annual revenue," says the listing agent.

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