Scattered across the Hudson River Valley there are many gems that, despite seeming hidden compared to nearby New York City, shine brightly as aspirational symbols of sustainable living and beautiful home design.
The region has become a popular destination for ecotourism and real estate development.
One of the latest developments is Hudson Woods, a small community of eco-friendly homes nestled in the hamlet of Kerhonkson. Created by Lang Architecture, Hudson Woods delivers on its website’s promise of being a place “where design meets nature.” The houses lie in a secluded forest, and they subtly compliment both the surrounding trails and looming Catskill Mountains.
All 26 homes in the 131-acre area include sustainable amenities such as high-efficiency hot water boilers and radiators, as well as smart thermostats. Homeowners may further improve the eco-friendliness of their properties by purchasing certain “upgrades:”
- solar energy system
- vegetable garden
- fruit tree grove
- wood stove that can provide heat for the house and reduce heating bills
- electric car charger
Hudson Woods also provides services to its residents, everything from maintenance and transportation to personal training and pet care. Perhaps the most pleasantly surprising part of the package is beekeeping. Homeowners who are interested in reviving the dwindling bee population, which is crucial to the health of our environment, can ask Hudson Woods staff to connect them with local beekeepers and experts.
With all of his projects, architect Drew Lang’s goal is “to create authentic, meaningful experiences at every turn.” At Hudson Woods people can experience living sustainably in nature, and at every turn they can explore the richness of the Hudson River Valley.
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