Former New York state nudist colony goes on the market for $19.95 MILLION

A sprawling waterfront home in upstate New York that once housed an infamous nudist colony and dude ranch has come on the market for $19.95 million.

The 164-acre private property known as ‘Auchmoody’ rose to fame in the 1930s as the home of the Fresh Air Club – a nudist colony that received a lot of media attention at the time and featured in the controversial book ‘Going On Nude ‘ by Jan Gay.

It was later converted into a dude ranch, the, Wall Street Journal reports, and now includes a 7,000-square-foot private residence with two separate guest quarters, a caretaker’s residence, a kennel, a three-car garage, and a three-story barn, all of which are on a man-made lake in Esopus, about 80 miles north of Manhattan. .

A 164-acre former nudist colony with its own 25-acre lake in New York State sells for $19.95 million

The upstairs of the 7,000-square-foot rustic house has a large yet cozy living room

The upstairs of the 7,000-square-foot rustic house has a large yet cozy living room

Homeowners could cook and do the dishes while enjoying the beautiful view of the lake outside

Homeowners could cook and do the dishes while enjoying the beautiful view of the lake outside

The private lake covers approximately 25 acres and has its own waterfall for residents to enjoy

The private lake covers approximately 25 acres and has its own waterfall for residents to enjoy

David Maltz, founder of New York-based Maltz Auctions, bought the property in 1998 for about $900,000, his son, Richard, told the Journal, and he considered it his home despite his job on Long Island.

He died in 2015, and a year later his family completed a major renovation of the main house, which was originally built in 1930, adding about 1,500 square feet to the private property.

But the family uses the lake property less and less, Richard said, deciding to rent it out on AirBnB for $5,000 a night during the pandemic.

They have now decided to sell it for $19.95 million given the area’s high demand for second homes and the current seller’s market, choosing not to auction it because it felt “too personal.”

Known as 'Auchmoody', the property rose to prominence in the 1930s when it was home to the naturist colony Fresh Air Club

Known as ‘Auchmoody’, the property rose to prominence in the 1930s when it was home to the naturist colony Fresh Air Club

Now a private lake property with a 7,000-square-foot rustic-style home sold by David Maltz's family, who bought it in 1998 for approximately $900,000.

Now a private lake property with a 7,000-square-foot rustic-style home sold by David Maltz’s family, who bought it in 1998 for approximately $900,000.

The property features two stone guest houses, both of which also offer great views of the man-made lake

The property features two stone guest houses, both of which also offer great views of the man-made lake

The cobbled waterfront offers guests a place to dip their feet in the water and sit by the side of the lake

The cobbled waterfront offers guests a place to dip their feet in the water and sit by the side of the lake

The larger of the two guest houses also has an over-water deck, large enough for each member of the family to sit back and enjoy the fresh New York state air

The larger of the two guest houses also has an over-water deck, large enough for each member of the family to sit back and enjoy the fresh New York state air

An on-site man-made lake provides residents with the perfect place to go jet skiing, swimming or boating

An on-site man-made lake provides residents with the perfect place to go jet skiing, swimming or boating

However, if it sells anywhere near that price, the Journal reports, it would be the most expensive property in Ulster County.

Currently, the most expensive is worth $3.25 million, Jason Karadus, the listing agent, told the Journal, and the county’s average sales price for the second quarter of this year was $327,500, about one-sixtieth of the retail purchase price. , gated estate.

“One enters the estate via a long driveway and is immediately taken in by the managed grounds, mature trees, immense lake and an incredible sense of tranquility,” it reads Zillow says.

It has a corner area with a large window overlooking the water, for a serene experience

It has a corner area with a large window overlooking the water, for a serene experience

The upstairs living room is quite large and can accommodate several sofas and accessories

The upstairs living room is quite large and can accommodate several sofas and accessories

A homely, rustic kitchen with two stoves and ovens with ample storage for all the plates and glassware one might need

A homely, rustic kitchen with two stoves and ovens with ample storage for all the plates and glassware one might need

If people don't want to eat at the bar in the kitchen, or at the tables outside, they can enjoy the dining room, with a table and chairs big enough for 24 people

If people don’t want to eat at the bar in the kitchen, or at the tables outside, they can enjoy the dining room, with a table and chairs big enough for 24 people

The main house has an expansive deck that extends into the 25-acre private lake and has five bedrooms, including two master bedroom suites, with an upstairs deck to enjoy the breathtaking views each morning.

There are six elegant stone bathrooms, with a free-standing bath overlooking the opulent property, and a lovely, homely rustic kitchen complete with two cookers, bar chairs and ample storage. Two doors from the kitchen lead to another table outside on the waterfront.

The upper floor has a large living room with a corner, overlooking the water.

All of the main rooms in the rustic home also have oversized widows with water views, including a formal dining room with a tray ceiling and chandelier that can accommodate up to 24 guests, who can also stay in one of the two stone guest quarters on the property, or even at the caretaker’s house.

The kitchen also has a bar style seating area and doors leading to another table outside

The kitchen also has a bar style seating area and doors leading to another table outside

The house has five bedrooms, including two master bedroom suites, as seen here

The house has five bedrooms, including two master bedroom suites, as seen here

Doors from the master bedrooms lead to a patio, allowing residents to enjoy the view first in the morning ochtend

Doors from the master bedrooms lead to a patio, allowing residents to enjoy the view first in the morning ochtend

The main house also has six bathrooms, with a free-standing bath where people can relax while enjoying the sites of the sprawling 'Auchmoody' property

The main house also has six bathrooms, with a free-standing bath where people can relax while enjoying the sites of the sprawling ‘Auchmoody’ property

The largest of the guest accommodations has a covered porch with an outdoor fireplace and a deck with access to the lake, which has a man-made waterfall and is the perfect location for boating, jet skiing, swimming, paddle boarding and fishing.

Residents can park their car in a three-car garage on the property and can even care for some animals in their three-story barn or large kennel.

“This incredible complex is a price quote and one of the most magnificent properties to ever hit the market,” says the Zillow description.

“Whether you come by car, helicopter or seaplane, if you’re looking for a private lake retreat, you’ve got to see Auchmoody.”

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