Two barns equal one $3.5 mil­lion home

The News-Times - - FRONT PAGE - Anna Quinn

RIDGEFIELD — It seems fit­ting that the home at 129 Spring Val­ley Road is made from two an­tique barns given why it was built in the 1960s.

The home­own­ers, a Man­hat­tan cou­ple, bought the then-empty prop­erty as a re­prieve from city life for their six chil­dren, said Sally Slater, one of their daugh­ters who is the list­ing agent for the home.

Slater and her sib­lings rode horses in Con­necti­cut on the week­ends and con­vinced their par­ents to make the per­ma­nent move. The cou­ple set­tled on a 50-acre lot neigh­bor­ing the walk­ing and rid­ing trails in North Salem, N.Y.

“My brother and I were horse crazy ... we al­ways begged to move out (to Con­necti­cut), so my par­ents found this prop­erty and it be­came a phe­nom­e­nal horse prop­erty,” Slater said. “The land is like a park — it’s gor­geous.”

The cou­ple found two an­tique barns on an old farm down the road from the lot and had them taken down, num­bered and re­con­structed to cre­ate their seven-bed­room home.

The re­sult is a “warm, open-flow” house fea­tur­ing the orig­i­nal barn beams and the ex­te­rior barn walls in the liv­ing room, Slater said.

“They al­ways loved con­verted barns and had very eclec­tic taste,” she said. “With a con­verted barn, you can mix an­tiques and mod­ern and it al­ways looks good.”

The rest of the prop­erty, 31 acres, proved to have even more to do than ride horses, too, Slater said. She and her sib­lings would swim in the river, com­plete with a wa­ter­fall, and then later in the pools built on the prop­erty.

They cre­ated a rid­ing ring and a barn for the horses, which is now con­verted into a work­shop and garage. The prop­erty has a pool house and cot­tage.

“It was un­be­liev­able,” she said. “We were on the trails all the time.”

Her fa­ther, she said, took on projects through­out the years, in­clud­ing build­ing a large green­house, an in­door pool and rock sculp­tures by the river, in­spired by artist Andy Goldswor­thy.

The rock sculp­tures are an ex­am­ple of how the home is a great place for dis­play­ing art, both in­side and out­side, Slater added. Her par­ents were art col­lec­tors and had worked with Andy Warhol when he came to New York in the 1950s, she said.

Her par­ents made sure the house and its ad­di­tions would take ad­van­tage of the views. Many rooms in the house fea­ture floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, in­clud­ing the in­door pool room.

“The in­door pool’s back side is all glass and built par­al­lel with the river,” she said. “The views are just so pretty.”

The home is on the mar­ket for $3.95 mil­lion.

Con­tributed photo

The home at129 Spring Val­ley Road in Ridgefield was built us­ing two vin­tage barns. The31-acre prop­erty in­cludes a green­house, river and wa­ter­fall.

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The home at 129 Spring Val­ley Road in Ridgefield sits on 31 lush acres.

Nat­u­ral light opens this room in the home at 129 Spring Val­ley Road in Ridgefield.

The prop­erty in­cludes a river and wa­ter­fall.

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