Unique Passive-Solar Idyllic Single-Family Home
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 Fireplaces, Local Hardwood Details, Mature Perennial Gardens

500 Stewart Road, Franklin, NY

IDYLLIC PRIVACY is the first thing that comes to mind as you drive down the 2 TOWN-MAINTAINED dead-end roads to this property. As you arrive at this 1999, European-inspired home, you note its thoughtful integration to the natural environment. Built from the ground up (literally) with ENERGY EFFICIENCY in mind, the home offers a truly beautiful lifestyle. Each piece of wood in the home (with the expectation of the high-quality wood Anderson windows) came from the property. HAND-CUT CHERRY walls and handsome SOLID MAPLE floors make for stunning rooms.

The home, designed with an innovative PASSIVE SOLAR heat-sink technology based on the ideas of Bruce Brownell, traps and stores heat throughout the summer and recirculates that heat all winter via an easy-to-maintain airflow system. One of only a few such properties in the area, this very desirable construction keeps temperatures comfortable with minimal expense. The ANDERSON WINDOWS and tight-fitting construction mean the home is cool in summer and warm in winter.  GAS-LOG FIREPLACES, one on the ground floor and one in the living room, add a lovely ambiance and additional warmth, but are seldom needed to heat the home.

First Floor

The 1120 square foot finished ground floor has a bedroom, full bath, and small kitchenette, complete with sink, counter, and microwave. It is ideal for entertaining, or even used as a separate apartment. A small PELLET STOVE, strategically placed next to the double doors, makes coming in from cross country skiing, snow shoeing or hunting expeditions a pleasure.

The large OPEN-PLAN MAIN FLOOR has a bedroom and full bath combination, with access from 2 sides. The CATHEDRAL CEILING living room area is open to a large front porch, but also to a dining area, which opens to the kitchen, making for easy parties, and family gatherings.

Second Floor

The large OPEN-PLAN MAIN FLOOR has a bedroom and full bath combination, with access from 2 sides. The CATHEDRAL CEILING living room area is open to a large front porch, but also to a dining area, which opens to the kitchen, making for easy parties, and family gatherings.

The Top Floor

The top floor is currently unfinished, but is roughed-out for 2 ADDITIONAL BEDROOMS and a large bathroom — insulation, plumbing and electric service are all in place, ready for your finishing touches (making the home a total of 4 possible bedrooms and 3 bathrooms).

 

The Grounds

The grounds around this ultra-private 11-acre lot truly set it apart. Trails lead through the woods to the top of the mountain, and to a large pond, and along the stream below. Great, hand-laid stone walls, and carefully constructed mature perennial gardens with massive stonework complete the setting. There is a heated single-car garage close to the house, and a larger multi-bay garage/barn and machine shed at the property’s entrance that can hold numerous tractors, and other equipment, or ‘big kid’ toys.

 

Minutes from Franklin, and Oneonta, this is a great family home for those who love private, energy-efficient living.

Custom-built Energy-efficient Home with Idyllic Private Setting

European-inspired home with thoughtful integration to the natural environment.

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Property Features

MLS#: 112133

Price: $290,000

Year Built: 1999

Sq. Ft: 2240+ (unfinished second floor has plumbing and insulation)

Beds: 2

Bath: 2F 0H

Add’l Rooms: Living Rm, Kitchen, Dining area, first floor kitchenette, unfinished second floor, with plumbing, heat and fully insulated could be two more bedrooms and a third bathroom

Lot Size: 11 acres

Schl Dist: Franklin

Town/County Tax: $1969.60

School Tax: $1719

Siding: Wood

Construction: Frame

Roofing: Asphalt Shingle (1999)

Flooring: Carpet (Bedrooms), Ceramic Tile (Bathrooms), Wood (Hard Maple)

Basement: Finished, Full, Walk-Out

Foundation: Poured Concrete

Insulation: Yes (Fiberglass)

Electric: 200 Amps, CB, NYSEG

Heating: Gas Heating, Other (Passive Solar Storage System), Pellet Stove

Hot Water: Propane (on-demand)

Water: Well (150′ depth/4gal min)

Sewer: Septic

Propane: $1164.87

Exterior Features: Mature stone-lined perennial gardens, hand-laid stone walls, fruit trees, stream and trails, heated garage, barn and equipment shed, private spring-fed pond, deck

Interior Features:Hand-cut hardwood trims, walls,and flooring, cathedral ceiling, ceiling fan(s), central vacuum System, innovative passive-solar heat storage, on-demand hot water (propane), 2 gas-log fireplaces, pellet stove (Basement), fully finished walk-out ground floor with separate kitchenette, bedroom and full bath.

Windows: Anderson

Appliances: Washer, Dryer, Oven, Range, Refrigerator

Garage: One car garage with work-space, second barn/garage with space for many toys, tractors, and equipment

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