Location: 25 Hillside Ave., Pleasantville
Description: Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like dome. Built in 2003, this architectural outlier is a spacious, naturally lit marvel of engineering. Its adjoined 30 and 48-foot domes boast two full bathrooms and two half-baths, as well as three bedrooms, a garage, and plenty of extra office and storage space. The kitchen sports cherry wood cabinets and granite counters, and even a robust butler’s pantry linking the two structures. In the master suite you’ll find a Jacuzzi-style tub, steam shower, and even a bidet! A great room is furnished with hardwood floors and fireplace, while skylights offer a breathtaking view up and through the cathedral ceiling of the main dome. A wrap-around deck with spectacular views of the property’s 1.64 acres makes for unforgettable outdoor entertaining, which will also be popular with homeowners seeking a possible investment opportunity: the property is primed for subdivision for up to two additional residences!
Asking price: Though owner Deanna Nelkin wryly told us in 2010 that they might consider moving for “$10 million,” she and her husband Bruce have since revised that number to a much more manageable $899,000.
Estimated yearly taxes: $16,186
Selling Point: A geodesic dome is remarkably sturdy: it’s shape is essentially earthquake, tornado, hurricane, termite, and fire-proof (depending on your culinary skills), and is incredibly well insulated — plus it’s passive solar, lowering your heating and air conditioning bills while staying perfectly comfortable. Add to that an artisanal well with two 119-gallon storage tanks and this home is ideal for everyone from doomsday preppers and budding off-gridders to those just looking for a cool home that’s 50% more energy efficient than the average.
Downside: You’re probably going to be in for a lot of Pauly Shore jokes.
Open house: Saturday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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