House Profile: 135 Post Office Road
The home-buying process is a unique experience for those setting out to find the perfect dwelling, be it for the first time or the final relocation. Some harness the power of the Internet to fuel their search, while others shop around from open house to open house until they experience that “this-is-the-one” feeling.
For Karen and John Ginsbern, however, their own dream home actually originated directly from their dreams. From the foundation to the very last drop of paint, their vision transformed from paper into what 135 Post Office Road is today.
“John and I knew we wanted to be in northern Westchester County, which is why we chose South Salem with the rolling hills, horse farms, rural beauty and excellent schools,” Karen says. “We had no intention of building a house when we were looking here—we thought maybe we’d find something where we’d add a master bedroom or something like that.”
After viewing the property, which was once part of the historic Adams Dairy Farm, Karen and John decided to build something that embodied their love for being outdoors while paying homage to their own personal tastes.
“When we saw this place, there was an existing, very small, pre-Revolutionary house on the property, ” Karen said. “We thought ‘you know, let’s build our own house, we have the resources’ and so we began.”
The most valuable resource lay within the Ginsbern family itself. As co-owner of premier builders Chilmark Builders, Inc., John launched a collaborative effort with his wife to construct the 5,300-square-foot shingle and stone style Colonial, all while living in the pre-Revolutionary home located on the property.
“Overall, it was a positive experience—because of my business, I had access to the best trades and craftsmanship, which made the project move forward to my satisfaction,” John says. “Anyone building a custom home experiences a deeply personal and challenging endeavor, and it was no different for me.”
This artistry is paramount at 135 Post Office Road, with its close attention to every detail beginning with the wraparound mahogany porch, gazebo, dining terrace, outdoor fireplace, and covered terrace that encompass the home’s exterior.
Designed for the modern family, the home features four bedrooms and three and a half baths with high ceilings throughout. A fireplace and French doors accent an elegant dining room, with a 10-foot-long center island, butler’s pantry with bar and copper sink and separate work station as key players in a magnificent cook’s kitchen.
“Chilmark’s commitment to a successful project is unsurpassed,” Karen says. “The quality of the materials, level of service, and skilled and experienced craftsmanship, is what sets Chilmark apart from the others.”
Ready to begin a new journey, Karen and John are ready to pass their creation on to a new set of homeowners who will appreciate this aesthetic and the unparalleled beauty of South Salem just as they have for the past 14 years.
“It really is bittersweet, our kids are grown, it was a great place to raise a family—they got to live in a beautiful home that was created by their mom and dad,” Karen says. “It’s time for the next chapter to be written.”
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