I thought we were buying a farm…

Drive two hours away from New York City and deep into the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains, and you’ll find nature, lots of it. Swaths of green, lakes, mountains, rivers and, in the midst of 200 acres of farmland, the Taghkanic House.

A stunning, 8,800 sq.ft. glass and steel structure designed by architect Tom Phifer, the Taghkanic house has a 360 degree view of the mountains and valley – and a $6.75 million dollar price tag. Can this kind of luxury and nature merrily coexist? It certainly appears so, and in fact it is the architect’s philosophy to “create architecture with a different spirit: architecture that connects us with nature, rather than separating us from it…architecture in which one can experience surprise.. and an affirmation of the spiritual unity between man and nature.”

And there is plenty to be connected to – on the grounds are an organic garden, streams and ponds, hills and meadows, riding and hiking trails, a tennis court, bocce court, three traditional red barns, and of course, a swimmin’ hole, er pool.

As for privacy concerns, most of the home’s living area is subterranean. The substructure is nestled into the sloping hillside and includes 7,000 sq.ft. of bedrooms, a kitchen, media room, wine cellar, refrigerated cheese room and more. But of course, the real draw is the window and skylight-filled modern design, that keeps residents feeling at once protected from and enveloped in the breathtaking natural surroundings.

About that farm you wanted…well for an additional $1.50 million you can expand onto 150 acres with a three-bedroom renovated farmhouse, for when you’re feeling more rustic, of course.