Two barns equal one $3.5 million home
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.
The home at129 Spring Valley Road in Ridgefield was built using two vintage barns. The31-acre property includes a greenhouse, river and waterfall.
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.