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Silo Ridge

by Kathryn Boughton

The planned Silo Ridge Field Club, an eight hundred acre private, gated community near Millbrook and Amenia NY will be the plus quam perfectum version of Hudson Valley living, as much like local agricultural communities as Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom is to Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, from which Disney drew his inspiration.

But, with its two hundred forty-five residences planned for a millionaire clientele and an eighteen hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Silo Ridge is sure to appeal to urbanites looking for country living with benefits. Those amenities, designed to pamper residents from dawn to dusk, include home maintenance and upkeep services, a spa, an equestrian facility, shooting range, a kids’ club, an indoor sports pavilion, a lake and a small farm where residents can garden if they wish. The farm will also yield “farm to table” produce for the clubhouse restaurant.

The Outdoor Pursuits program brings resources and information necessary to create individual outdoor experiences. Located in the Family Barn, the OP team assists with all onsite lake recreation activities including such things as stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking, hiking and fishing, biking and mountain biking and kids’ campouts.

The five hundred million dollar development was launched with a groundbreaking ceremony in March. While controversial—with many area residents worrying that it would undermine the character of the surrounding rural culture—it promises to pump millions of dollars into the local economy in the form of employment and taxes. The project is expected to generate three thousand jobs during construction and up to two hundred full- and part-time positions to provide services to residents and their guests.

Approximately sixty-three million dollars in new property tax revenue is expected in the first ten years of the development, which will benefit the municipalities, the Webutuck Central School District, fire districts and the county.

The target market is high-end buyers from the New York metropolitan area. Unit prices range from one to ten million dollars while club dues are twenty-five thousand dollars a year with an one hundred thousand dollar up-front buy-in.

Ironically, this most exclusive of enclaves is being built on the site of a country club designed for the masses. In 1989, John A. Segalla, a Canaan native and avid golfer who had been rejected for membership at an area country club, decided to create his own club, open to anyone who could plunk down the greens fee. Eight million dollars later, the contractor opened his own course, which, filled daily with golfers, served as a stinging rebuff to the club that had rejected Segalla.

When the Segalla enterprise was sold, a golf community with a three hundred room hotel and a five-story parking garage was planned but faltered during the early days of the recession. Then in 2013, the project metamorphosed into a retreat for the super-rich.

The most exclusive residences will be nestled high in a pine and deciduous hardwood forest where fifty-seven large custom home sites have been designated. Each lot offers sweeping mountain views and abuts a two hundred and twenty acre private preserve.

The homes in the complex are designed for luxury, featuring gracious living and dining areas, grand entrances and double-height ceilings. The different style homes have been given names reflective of the region: The Saratoga—a traditional five-bedroom, seven and a half bath home that’s stone base and bracketed porch connects it to the landscape; The Dutchess, which reflects the architecture of the Hudson Valley in its exposed timbers, double-story porch and the option of a walk-out terrace and outdoor entertainment space; the Taconic, a cottage style building featuring a generous entry, grand stair hall and expansive, double-height great room; The Hudson, which features a main-level entry opening up to a large central living area, and, finally, the Berkshire, where the great room and master suite overlook the valley from the higher elevations of Club Meadow.

Even the condominium units offer soaring ceiling, double-height living areas and sweeping views. The condos, accessible by elevator from an underground parking area, range from two to four bedrooms. The townhouse option features offer contemporary living with dramatic views of the valley. Each unit has an individual identity.

Silo Ridge is located at 5021 Route 44, Amenia NY. For further information please click on the link below or contact