Photo credit: Alon Koppel courtesy of Heather Croner Real Estate/Sotheby’s International Realty.

Known for the “romantic modernist” residential architecture of so many iconic angular beach houses in the Hamptons, Norman Jaffe was a prolific architect who designed more than 600 projects during his 35-year career. Jaffe, who died in 1993, used passive solar design and lots of glass and wood in his striking waterfront homes. Built in 1993, the 12,980-square-foot residence at 1981 Broadway, asking $5.9 million, diverges a bit from his usual style. Set high on a bluff over the Hudson River surrounded by 20 acres of waterfront land in Ulster County, New York, the home’s design refers to classic Greek architecture along with Jaffe’s usual attention to natural light and shadow.

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

This architecturally significant home features interior and outdoor spaces that take advantage of breathtaking Hudson River views and the surrounding landscape. The front entryway opens to a colonnade of pillars with a spire of skylights lighting the way and making the space appear translucent.

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

The open plan living space stretches out below, leading to a great room with views of the river on three sides.

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

In the kitchen, dramatic stone and sleek modern cabinetry hide serious appliances. The space is made for entertaining, dining and dancing, wrapped in the horizon, woods and river vistas.

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

A balcony wraps the building for an opportunity to step outside almost everywhere.

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

The home’s six private bedrooms are on the lower floor as is the indoor swimming pool and sauna– and access to the garden and tennis court.

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

There is currently a separate 1498-square-foot garage in addition to an attached two-car garage. The building was designed as a live-in help or guest apartment with plumbing and heating already in place. It’s 10 minutes from commuter train service at Poughkeepsie and two hours to New York City. Stewart International airport is 30 minutes away.

[Listing: 1981 Broadway by Heather Croner for Sotheby’s International Realty]

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Photo credit: Alon Koppel courtesy of Heather Croner Real Estate/Sotheby’s International Realty.


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