5 Trout Creek Rd, Kerhonkson, NY 12446
Impeccable Contemporary “Tinkerbox” Home Designed by Studio MM

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Last listing price: $1,250,000



This stunning property was designed and built by the renowned architect behind Studio MM to showcase her trademark designs and philosophies — and to function as her own studio and home in the woods. The design and build are both as impeccable as each of the considered luxury homes they create, and this home — called “Tinkerbox” — has been a featured property in Dwell.


The understated elegance of the hand-charred shou sugi ban cedar siding and distinctive shape of the building — which somehow contrasts, yet perfectly integrates with its surroundings — greets visitors as you wind up the forested driveway. Continuing through the dramatic Sapele front door, an understanding that you have arrived somewhere special filters in like the dappled sunlight on the weighty stair treads handcrafted from oak, maple, and birch trees from the property.


You’re clearly entering a treehouse, of sorts, when you step into the open kitchen and living space. The picture windows and high ceilings give you a sense of space and allow for indoor forest bathing, and there’s a dreamy window seat and an inset wood-burning stove for cozy winter nights. There are custom cabinets, Wolfe and Sub Zero appliances, and plenty of space to spread out with family and friends. 


A fully retractable glass wall (with a custom screen!) further blurs the line between inside and out, opening onto a beautiful 400 sq/ft covered deck overlooking the property. It has a built-in wood-burning grill and it is easy to picture spending three seasons of the year out there (or four if you’re into cold therapy)!


The primary suite is tucked at the other end of the building, and was also designed to feel immersed in the surrounding woods and hills. A sense of peace and quiet envelop this luxurious space and there are places for rest, reading, and work as well. The spa-like ensuite has a double shower and vanity, built-in storage, a unique ipe wood shower floor, and marble tiles and counter. Pocket doors create floor plan flexibility and allow the restroom to function as a powder room for guests, while still maintaining the privacy of the owner’s space.


The lower level holds many opportunities to personalize additional square footage to suit your specific needs, and already has radiant heat and extra-high ceilings in every space: a media room, a workshop (with its own entrance), and an XL garage. The architect-owner has created plans to convert the garage to two additional generous bedrooms plus a full bath, which the home’s septic system is already set up for. Additional information on this is available upon request. 


Simple, and easily overlooked elements have received the same elevated level of attention and intentionality that is applied to the rest of the home, enhancing even the most mundane features. A perfect example of this is the open waterfall gutter system, which allows for the efficient redirection of rain water off of the roof with a beautiful cascade effect. 


Outside, you will find over 10 acres of diverse forest with ferns, rocky outcroppings, and many varieties of evergreen and deciduous trees. Intentionally leaving the land intact, the owners carefully chose their site, cleared as little as possible, and designed a home to partner with the existing landscape. Nearly 600 feet of frontage along the Mombaccus Creek marks one edge of the property and flows into a waterfall — which is not on the property, but only a short distance away. 


Tinkerbox is one of the five Waterfalls Properties designed by Studio MM and built by HVCH that create this special HOA. Each unique property is incredibly peaceful and private, and crafted to interact with the surrounding nature, but not with each other. There are no annual fees and each space tells its own story within this special community of contemporary homes in the woods, along the creek, and next to the waterfall. 


Perfectly situated in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains and at the edge of Sundown Forest, this home is minutes from outdoor destinations like Vernooy Kill Falls and the Ashokan Reservoir, and just 15 minutes to Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk Preserve. It’s near all of the popular markets and farm-to-table spots in Kerhonkson and Accord, 17 minutes to shops and restaurants in Ellenville and Stone Ridge, 30-35 minutes to Kingston, Woodstock, and New Paltz, and less than 2 hours to the George Washington Bridge in NYC.


Buyers can reach out to Diana Polack with any questions, or to schedule a showing; listed by Katy Porte. Both agents are real estate salespersons with the Upstate Curious Team at Compass.


Note: Buyer’s agent to confirm all pertinent information including square footage, taxes, short-term rental ordinances (if any), etc. This home is located on a private road with an HOA. There are no annual fees and additional details are available upon request. 5 Trout Creek Road is accessed via Waterfalls Road; GPS may direct you to the back of the property, so there will be signage to assist.




1,332 Sq.Ft. LIVING AREA

10.9 Acres lot

Features & Amenities


  • total bedrooms1
  • Total bathrooms1.5
  • full bathroom1
  • half bathroom1
  • KITCHEN Marble and Black Granite Counters, Wolfe and Subzero Appliances, Built-In Custom Cabinetry, Island with Seating + Storage
  • Laundry room Located on the Lower Level
  • Flooring Solid Oak Hardwood Floors, Polished Concrete
  • Fireplace Wood-Burning Stove with Steel Surround
  • APPLIANCES Refrigerator, Oven/Range, Dishwasher, Wine Fridge, Washer, Dryer, Microwave
  • other interior Features Picture Windows, Media Room, Studio Space, Wood-Burning Stove, Window Seat

Area & Lot

  • Status Sold
  • Living Area1,332 Sq.Ft.
  • Lot Area10.9 Acres
  • TypeResidential
  • YEAR BUILT2016
  • Architecture StylesContemporary
  • Water Frontage575+ feet of frontage on the Mombaccus Creek
  • View DescriptionWoods, Fern Forest
  • School DistrictRondout Valley


  • Garage Space3
  • water SourceDrilled Well
  • utilitiesElectric, Propane- Heating Fuel
  • roofEPDM (2016), Open Waterfall Gutter System
  • lot featuresWooded, Forest, Creek Frontage, Gently Sloped
  • parkingGravel Driveway, Attached 752 sq/ft Garage- 2 Car Capacity, Attached Secondary Garage- 1 Car Capacity
  • HEAT TYPERadiant, Heat Pump, 5 Zones, Wood-Burning Stove
  • AIR CONDITIONINGAC in Primary Suite
  • water FeaturesMombaccus Creek Frontage
  • sewerIn Ground Septic
  • SubstructureMedia Room, 752 sq/ft Garage, Studio/Workshop, High Ceilings, Polished Concrete Floors with Radiant Heat
  • other exterior FeaturesPrivate, Peaceful, Shou Sugi Ban Cedar Siding, 400 sq/ft Deck , Built-In Outdoor Wood-Burning Oven


  • Sales Price$1,200,000
  • Real Estate Tax $11,426/yr
  • Zoning AR3

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