Natural wooded drive leading up to the Main House and all facilities. An understated entry lined with native flowering, shrubs and perennials.
Decorative fencing and plantings border the entry drive with a view of the main residence.
A Peaceful Escape
Reclaimed granite slab steps ascend the slope. A series of hammocks swing from existing trees and bird house posts. The sunrise overlooks the baseketball court.
Early Morning Views
Sunrise over Hillside Park’s mini chess set, shuffleboard, and horseshoe pits.
The basketball court was sited on one of the few level plateaus on the property. Extensive naturalized plantings retain the upper hillsides, anchoring and shielding the court. A custom curved pergola helps shade the sitting area.
The tennis court as activity destination. Sited on a lower plateau, the court is flanked by native dry set fieldstone retaining walls and terraced gardens. The spectacular viewing patio offers a bonus panorama of the distant hills.
Spectators overlook the badminton court from the upper sitting area.
Life-size chess with a view up to the Main House in the distance.
The Bocce Court
The recent addition of this regulation size court adds to the diverse entertainment option on the property.
A Sprawling Landscape
Spectacular views from the upper deck of the pool pavilion. An ideal location for viewing this expansive 27-Acre landscape.
Steps up to the Pool Pavilion
Natural bluestone steps up to pool pavilion. Conceived as a harmonious structure in the landscape, this multi-level pool pavilion was designed to provide a covered entertainment area adjacent to existing pool. A rooftop terrace for sunbathing and viewing the unique surroundings.
A sunset view up from the amphitheater stone stage. The stage platform and hillside sitting/retaining walls were constructed with reclaimed fieldstone from the existing property.
Evening at the Pool Pavilion
“Movie Night” a full 16’ movie screen drops down from the Pavilion ceiling to be viewed from the pool as well as the bar and game tables.
Situated on a sloping hilltop one hour north of Manhattan, this weekend retreat boasts 27+ acres of recreation, adventure and relaxation opportunities, where the site and surrounding environment take center stage. What began almost 18 years ago with an informal meeting to discuss a potential tennis court, has evolved into one of those rare Landscape Architect / Client model relationships.
Year after year the Master Plan evolved; transforming a traditional country estate into a recreational park-like property which hosts annual parties of up to 600 guests. The Manhattan based clients were drawn to the properties panoramic view and intrigued by the existing home’s passive solar construction. The clients open their home to family, friends, employees and friends of friends, to experience nature first hand; enjoying almost every conceivable sport facility: from pool and tennis court to a regulation-size basketball court, sand volleyball, badminton, bocce, amphitheater, exercise/hiking trails, a putting green and an elevated pool/game area pavilion with a rooftop sunbathing terrace.