A mid-century gem designed by noted architect John Johansen, one of the famed Harvard Five, that included Philip Johnson. Striking exterior, beautifully sited on a half-acre lot. Open floor plan with large picture windows in living room and modernist clearstory windows throughout. Fireplace, hardwood floors, walnut paneling. Central air, central vacuum, newer appliances. Lower level includes brightly lit family room and additional space plumbed for possible third bath. Rear deck overlooks large backyard. Everything well maintained by original owners.
222 Juniper Drive, West Hill
Built 1952 and designed by John Johansen (1916-2012) one of the Harvard Five of Modernist Architects). Built for Ralph and Alex Bengtson. See www.johnmjohansen.com and note in particular The Upside-Down House. Original plan was for two bedrooms downstairs, in what is now a family room. The two bedroom addition on main level was designed in 1957 by local architect Eric Fisher (d. 2013).
Located in West Hill, Rotterdam NY surrounded by two hundred acres of unspoiled common lands including forest, fields and pond used for skating; 86 homes of varying styles; six miles of walking and cross country ski trails; tennis court; gazebo, and strongly committed community spirit. For example, community Peeper Party (Spring), Fall Roast (Autumn). See www.westhilldev.com.
Approximately 1500 sq. ft. on main floor 0.56 acres of land.
Passive solar construction including large glass areas and Southern orientation.
Efficient centrally located fireplace with exposed brick for additional free heat.
Oil fired forced hot air furnace.
Central air conditioning
Central vacuum system.
3 bedrooms/2 full baths (with potential for two additional bedrooms and 3rd unfinished but plumbed bathroom in basement).
Ample closet space and built-ins throughout home
Main floor: 3 large bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms (back bathroom has large porcelain-style sink), master bedroom (includes strip windows facing west and cedar-lined closets), living room and dining room. Open floor plan between dining room and living room, walnut wood throughout entry and living room. Laundry area includes Maytag washer and dryer and built-in table that raises for use and lowers for storage. Back bedroom area has own front entrance and own back door to back deck.
Hard wood floors (select red oak) in dining area/living room (currently with some wall-to-wall carpeting), foyer and master bedroom
Living/dining room has large floor to ceiling energy efficient windows and eastern facing strip windows. Door off the dining room to large raised back deck.
Kitchen: has large energy efficient windows plus strip windows facing east onto back deck, large double stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, fan, disposal (new 1/2014), custom cabinetry, eat-in counter facing back deck including a counter portion that raises for use and lowers for storage.
Finished basement with large playroom (9 foot ceilings) reached by staircase with beautiful oak railing; half above ground with lots of windows, closet storage space, this space was originally planned to have two bedrooms with an adjacent bath (rough plumbed). French Drain system along south wall (40 feet) 11/1996.
Unfinished portion of basement contains built-in adjustable storage shelves, sturdy work bench with large vise, large chest freezer, water softener, sump pump (no known water issues) and large stainless steel sink Crawl space under back bedrooms includes 275 gallon oil tank covered by Buhrmaster Energy Tank Sure Plan (Inspected January 2014). Replaced pipe vent to tank 1/2014.
Oversized (length wise) one car garage with lots of storage and automatic door with electric door opener.
Generator (gasoline) electric start 4000 watt.
Wide, straight and level driveway with ample parking.
Large fenced in garden plot with excellent soil.
Underground utility lines.
Septic system (like all West Hill properties) with 1000 gallon tank.
Front deck with garden area and spacious raised back deck has built-in lockable storage underneath (installed 4/1985).
This home provided pleasant living for the Bengtson family for many years.
Furnace replaced 7/15/1999.
Thermopride Premier 2.5 ton A/C unit installed 8/26/2011 with 10-year transferable warranty.
Front Overhang roof replaced 9/2012
Front bathroom faucet replaced 1/2014. Back bathroom faucet replaced 1/2014.
Culligan water softener with Big Blue sediment remover. Installed 8/2014 with transferable warranty.
Basement workspace faucet replaced 1/2014.
Electric garage door opener 8/2008.
Driveway repaved 8/2000.
88 foot 2 rail PVC fence South side property line - 6/2003.
Septic system 1000 gallon tank replaced 6/1991; pumped 6/2011
Air conditioner replaced 8/2011