A sprawling waterfront property in upstate New York that once housed a notorious nudist colony and a dude ranch has hit the market at $19.95 million.
The 164-acre private property, known as ‘Auchmoody,’ gained fame in the 1930s as the home of the Fresh Air Club – a nudist colony that received a lot of media attention at the time and was featured in the controversial 1932 book ‘On Going Naked’ by Jan Gay.
It was later converted into a dude ranch, the Wall Street Journal reports, and now includes a 7,000-square-foot private home with two separate guest cottages, a caretaker’s house, a kennel, a three-car garage and a three-story barn, all of which are located on a man-made lake in Esopus, about 80 miles north of Manhattan.
A 164-acre former nudist colony which has its own private 25-acre lake in upstate New York is selling for $19.95 million
The upstairs of the rustic-style 7,000-square-foot home features a large but cozy living area
Homeowners would be able to cook and do the dishes while enjoying the nice views of the lake outside
The private lake spans about 25 acres and includes its own waterfall for residents to enjoy
David Maltz, founder of New York-based Maltz Auctions, purchased the property for about $900,000 in 1998, his son, Richard, told the Journal, and he considered it his home, despite working on Long Island.
He died in 2015, and one year later, his family completed a major renovation of the main house, which was originally built in 1930, adding around 1,500 square feet to the private property.
But the family has been using the lakefront property less and less, Richard said, and decided to rent it out on AirBnB during the pandemic, for $5,000 a night.
They have now decided to sell it for $19.95 million given the high demand in the area for second homes and the current sellers market, opting not to put it up for auction because it felt ‘too personal.’
The property, known as ‘Auchmoody’ gained notoriety in the 1930s when it was the home of the Fresh Air Club nudist colony
Now it is a private lakefront property featuring a 7,000-square-foot rustic style home that is being sold by the family of David Maltz, who purchased it in 1998 for around $900,000
The property includes two stone guest cottages, both of which also offer great views of the man-made lake
The stone-paved waterfront provides guests with a place to dip their feet in the water and sit along the side of the lake
The larger of the two guest cottages also includes a deck over the water, large enough for every member of the family to sit back and enjoy the fresh upstate New York air
A man-made lake on the property provides residents with the perfect place to go jet skiing, swimming or boating
David Maltz, left, founder of New York-based Maltz Auctions, bought the property in 1998 for about $900,000, but the family has been using it less and less since David died in 2015, according to his son, Richard, right, and they are now selling it
If it sells for anywhere near that price, though, the Journal reports, it would be the most expensive property in Ulster County.
Currently, the most expensive is worth $3.25 million, Jason Karadus, the listing agent, told the Journal, and the county’s median sale price for the second quarter of this year was $327,500, roughly one-sixtieth of the purchase price for the private, gated estate.
‘One enters the estate through a long, gated drive and is immediately taken by the curated grounds, mature trees, the immense lake and an incredible sense of tranquility,’ its description on Zillow says.
It includes a nook area with a large window overlooking the water, providing a serene experience
The upstairs living room area is quite expansive and can hold several couches and accessories
A homey, rustic kitchen includes two stoves and ovens with ample storage space for all the plates and glassware one needs
If people do not want to eat at the bar area in the kitchen, or at the tables outside, they can enjoy the dining room, with a table and seating large enough to accommodate 24 people
The main house features an expansive deck that extends into the private 25-acre lake, and has five bedrooms, including two primary bedroom suites, with an upstairs patio to take in the stunning views every morning.
There are six elegant stone bathrooms, with a standalone tub overlooking the lush property, and a nice, homestyle rustic kitchen, complete with two stoves, bar seating and ample storage space. Two doors from the kitchen lead to another table outside on the waterfront.
The upstairs features a large living room with a nook area, overlooking the water.
All of the main rooms inside the rustic-style house also have oversize widows facing the water, including a formal dining room with a tray ceiling and chandelier that can accommodate up to 24 guests, who can also stay in one of two stone guest cottages on the property, or even at the caretaker’s house.
The kitchen area also features a bar-style seating area, and doors leading to another table outside
The house has five bedrooms, including two primary bedroom suites, like the one seen here
Doors from the main bedrooms lead to a patio, offering residents a chance to take in the views first thing in the morning
The main house also includes six bathrooms, with a standalone tub where people can relax while taking in the sites of the expansive ‘Auchmoody’ property
The larger of the guest cottages features a covered portico with an outdoor fire place and a deck with access to the lake, which has a man-made waterfall and is the perfect location for boating, jet skiing, swimming, paddle boarding and fishing.
Residents can park their cars in a three-car garage on the property, and can even take care of some animals in their three-story barn or large kennel.
‘This incredible compound is a rate offering and one of the most magnificent properties to ever come to market,’ its Zillow description says.
‘Whether arriving by car, helicopter or a sea-plane, if you are looking for a private, lakeside retreat, Auchmoody must be seen.’