Market Watch: A Scenic Cross River Estate


123 N Salem Rd, Cross River

What’s to like?

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Listening to homeowner Jane Amsterdam describe her Cross River compound, it’s clear the parting won’t be easy. “It’s amazing—the most romantic and idyllic place,” Amsterdam says of the serene French-inspired 12-acre property. “It’s charming at every turn—there’s not a room or view I don’t adore.” Originally a barn built circa 1790, the main residence is brimming with unique architectural details including exposed wood beams throughout; a Madonna and child carved newel post from a French church; a circular kitchen (handcrafted down to every cabinet, drawer, and hinge) in what was formerly the barn’s silo; and antique hand-carved French firebacks from the 1700s. “I knew the second I saw it that I had to live here,” Amsterdam adds. “Everyone falls in love with it.” Even guests are reluctant to leave the spacious and private one-bedroom guest house. Completing the estate are a carriage house with a studio apartment and three-bay garage, a chicken house, a four-stall barn (added in 2003), sand ring, and three paddocks. Not to mention three ponds, a stream, and an orchard of apple, peach, and pear trees. According to Amsterdam, each season brings more to adore—from winter with not a leaf in sight to spring when the meadow’s lilacs, hydrangeas, and 30,000 daffodils burst into colorful bloom in waves—all conspiring to make Amsterdam feel like she’s living in a magical French painting.

2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 2,342 square feet | $1,450,000

Susan Stillman, (914) 589-4477, Houlihan Lawrence;

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