If it weren’t for an opportunity encounter on a flight from Venezuela, this Berkshires up to date wouldn’t exist.
In the early 2000s, Alfredo Brillembourg, a Venezuelan architect and founding father of City-Assume Tank, was on a flight from Caracas to New York Metropolis — a flight to which he was very accustomed. A former visitor professor at Columbia College’s Graduate Faculty of Structure, Planning and Preservation, Brillembourg is now a tenured professor and chair of structure and concrete design at the Swiss Institute of Expertise in Zurich.
“I used to be sitting subsequent to this Venezuelan girl who was saying she needed to relocate to the United States,’’ Brillembourg stated. “She was pondering of shopping for considered one of these spec homes [in the] Berkshires.’’
He warned the lady towards spec homes, saying they might be prefabricated by the development firm.
“I may design a home with sure modularity to it,’’ Brillembourg advised her. “It was going to be principally an analogous plan to what they're providing you, however we may do it rather more stunning.’’
He gave her his card however didn’t hear from her instantly. She had tried to go with the spec home as deliberate. “She known as me again a few months later and stated the spec home didn’t work out,’’ Brillembourg recalled.
The challenge was on.
Brillembourg stated he shortly drafted up an thought and ended up working in collaboration with David Hotson Architect, a agency based mostly in New York Metropolis. The house took a bit of greater than a yr to construct and was accomplished in 2005.
Now 103 Longview Drive in Becket is on the market — listed for $1,395,000. And it’s not what you would possibly anticipate in the Berkshires.
Constructed on 6.28 acres, it was designed with a stainless-metal roof and siding, but it surely incorporates extra woodsy supplies, corresponding to wooden and stone.
“Modern structure is a uncommon deal with in the Berkshires,’’ stated the house’s dealer, Dan Alden of William Pitt Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty. “It’s a novel discover in our space. A whole lot of what’s thought of up to date is very often derived from barn-model, manufacturing facility-model, refurbished outdated buildings.’’
Discovering a contemporary home that's new and web site particular is uncommon in the woodsy Berkshires, Alden stated.
“It’s in a non-public neighborhood known as Becket Woods,’’ Alden stated. “There are 4 tennis courts, a swimming pond, a basketball court docket, and a shared backyard [in the community]. It’s a pleasant steadiness of privateness and nation dwelling with a level of neighborhood.’’
The house has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and a couple of,796 sq. toes of dwelling area. When getting into the essential flooring, you possibly can’t assist however discover the home windows, which stand in for partitions all through a lot of the home. The ceilings are additionally very excessive, making the house really feel much more open.
We “created a skylight at the high of front room, the highest level of home, so all the air may flow into and escape,’’ Brillembourg stated. “A large fan pulls scorching air up and out from the high of the roof.’’
Alden notes that the spotlight of the house, nevertheless, is perhaps the first-flooring spa.
“There’s a stupendous Japanese-model scorching tub,’’ he stated. “That room has a radiant wall behind the scorching tub and radiant flooring. It’s an Asian-model cedar scorching tub.’’
There may be additionally a bed room on the first flooring.
On the second flooring, there’s the master suite, which boasts loft area, a walk-in closet, and views of the house’s pure environment.
The completed decrease stage presents the different three bedrooms and sitting areas.
Alden described the land surrounding the house as elegant, but expansive. There are mountain views.
“It’s stunning, however easy,’’ Alden stated. “It’s not more than you have to keep.’’
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