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"The Boulders" Lake Otsego landmark designed by New York Architect Howard Chapman and built in 1915 for a prominent family. This arts and crafts masterpiece has extensive frontage on Lake Otsego and includes a lodge, boat house and garage. These exquisitely designed buildings have undergone a complete and exhaustive restoration seamlessly combining the character and quality of the old with the technology and convenience of the 21st century. The Lodge or main house brings the outdoors in with large deep verandahs; a living room boasts a large field stone fireplace and opens into a light filled dining room with original crank operated casement windows. Chestnut wainscot and beamed ceilings bring tremendous warmth to these period rooms. A butler’s pantry with floor to ceiling cabinets and cupboards of beautifully finished heart Pine has a handy nickle counter with porcelain sink and opens into a modern kitchen which has been carefully designed around many large windows. The usual conveniences and appliances are all of the highest quality and four custom built rolling teakwood islands add versatility to the space. A large laundry room with adjoining half bath could be reinterpreted as a downstairs bedroom. A unique glass tiled pass through powder room leads from the kitchen to the front hall and stairs. Upstairs are two family bedrooms each with closets and bath. The master opens to a three season porch with sweeping views of Lake Otsego and Mt. Wellington (a unique pull down stair here gives access to a large playroom above). The second bedroom is found via a small private hall and boasts an original built in sink. Details abound including refinished bath fixtures, marble shower, claw foot tubs, large walk in cedar closet, gleaming heart pine wainscoting and beamed ceilings. The entire house has all of its original 1915 electric fixtures each carefully restored with reproduction push button light switches throughout. Radiant heating on the first floor and hot air heating with central air conditioning upstairs. Central vacuum system throughout.
One of fewer than a dozen boat houses still existing on Lake Otsego has been completely restored and updated. Upstairs is a dynamic guest suite with vaulted ceiling great room, stainless and mahogany galley style kitchen, soaring fieldstone fireplace, master bedroom with custom bath including marble tile floor, marble shower and refinished claw foot tub. A large powder room doubles as a laundry. The rolling library ladder provides access to loft spaces for storage. The lake view from this incredible space gives the impression of being aboard ship. Radiant heating and central vacuum. Below is space for a pontoon boat, utility room for heating plant, whole house propane generator and storage for equipment.
Both structures have been carefully updated with an eye towards efficiency while maintaining all of their historic integrity. Heating systems are artfully concealed and original windows carefully restored and fitted with custom storm windows and screens. Both buildings have been completely insulated with state of the art spray foam assuring weather tightness and economy of fuel use. Custom slate roofing will last for a lifetime. Code compliant septic system and drinking (lake supplied) water filtration systems. The .44 acre lot has extensive landscaping with perennials, spruce and maple trees.
The Boulders has had only two family owners since 1915. This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most sought after and unique lakefront properties in the Cooperstown Leather stocking region.