Pointers for Buyers Seeking Peak-Worthy Homes

The Wall Street JournalDecember 06, 2012
Buyers don’t necessarily need to head out West to scout for mountaintop homes that offer privacy and wide-open vistas. New York’s Hudson Valley and parts of New Jersey may not abut ski lodges, but they offer some mountain touches, as detailed in three homes profiled recently as a House of the Day:

Lots that were once part of old, large estates can still be found in parts of New Jersey. This 30-room home atop Bernardsville Mountain once belonged to a 500-acre estate and the homeowners built their house on the stone foundation of the estate’s original mansion.

The views offered by a 12,450-square-feet home in Holland Township, N.J., were what won over Chester and Leslie Siuda when they scouted for land in the area. They built their home using over a dozen types of wood to give it the feeling of a rustic mountain home, and Ms. Siuda regularly goes horseriding in the area.

For those in the market for a mountain-style home, upstate New York broker David Knudsen has some suggestions. He guides prospective owners through house hunts in the Catskills region. Read more on the Developments blog.