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A Model Home: Hudson Woods 

Hudson Woods is a development of 26 sustainable homes nestled within 131 acres of Kerhonkson forest, Manhattan-based Lang Architecture's first project in the Hudson Valley. It's private, but it affords buyers easy access to some of the Hudson Valley's most beautiful parks and towns: Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz, Woodstock. Each property is designed with locally sourced, eco-friendly materials—the idea is for residents to get closer to their natural environment with as little impact as possible.

The buildings' passive solar design will ensure that they receive optimum sunlight year round, and several will be partially buried inside hills to provide thermal insulation and to reduce their visual impact on natural surroundings. All of the wood in the homes' interiors is sourced from Hicken Lumber/Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring, a family-owned business in Pennsylvania that meets standards for safe forest management. Metal roofs provide high reflectivity and increase energy efficiency. All interior oil finishes and paints are free of volatile organic compounds.

The homes' designs are sustainable but far from rustic. The development's first completed property, opened in July, is a model of sleek architecture and handcrafted finishes. Two stories and 2,800 square feet, the residence includes a state-of-the-art kitchen fitted with concrete countertops, stylish Smeg appliances, and wooden cabinetry and furniture from Rhinebeck's Sawkille Co. and local craftsman Samuel Moyer. Rooms are spacious and lofty, with large windows that draw in the surrounding greenery and plenty of natural light. Its master suite includes a generous walk-in closet and full bathroom, complete with rainfall shower and an in-floor heating system. The first floor features two smaller bedrooms, a cozy den, another full bathroom, a laundry room, and a walk-in closet. Outside, a wraparound deck looks out onto a sleek patio and pool, and a detached garage/studio offers additional space.

Each of the 26 homes—which start at $655,000—fits the model's standard floor plan and comes equipped with high-end, high-efficiency appliances and utilities. Residents are offered customized color options for their home's siding, kitchen tiles, and roofs. They can also opt for a number of the model's upgrades, including handcrafted furniture and a pool, or additional features like an additional bedroom, a guest house, outdoor kitchen, fruit tree grove, architect-designed tree house, or solar energy system (these run between $3,500 and $235,000). And a property management staff is available to provide residents with such services as house maintenance, gardening, year-round house rental, and personal training.

Property sales are currently open, and further details can be found at Hudsonwoods.com.

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