Welcome to the Ruah; “…both wind and breath – sometimes as subtle as the flap of the wings of a dove or a whisper at the mouth of a cave,” on spectacular Lake George in the majestic Adirondack Park of upstate New York. This Great and Gracious turn-of-the-century home was once the hub of hospitality for countless sports and show biz notables including, but not limited to: Jack Dempsey, Arthur Godfrey, and Bing Crosby.
The current owners, Judy and Peter Foster, have modernized and restored this historic and romantic edifice over the past 30+ years; incorporating the authentic antiquity of the structure with contemporary upgrades and chicness. This distinguished home was first erected by the Manhattan artist, Harry Watrous, and the Foster’s collective artistic and innovative expressionism has enhanced its curb appeal, with the lush gardens and meticulous landscape design.
The kitchen has been renovated with Italian tile floors, granite countertops, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, and cherry cabinets. The seven bedrooms are spacious and filled with natural light most with their own private luxurious bathrooms and extraordinary views. The opulent living room has an enormous Bunny Williams designed Adirondack stone fireplace, bay windows, and gleaming refinished wood floors. An elegant dining room has a coffered ceiling and additional bay windows with a built-in window seat. A handsome study or home office has convenient built-ins for storage and display areas for art. Claw foot tubs, charming stairwells, walkways, and sitting nooks are throughout the home offering comfortable and cozy spaces for relaxation and reflection.
The expansive covered porch provides shade from the elements and a perfect high-perched area for enjoying the view of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains. Enjoy sunrises, the afterglow of sunsets, rainbows, and exciting summer thunderstorms from this protected area. The 6.10 acre landscaped lot and outdoor sitting areas make this a terrific venue for reunions, soirees, weddings, intimate gatherings, or just a simple getaway. This property would also suffice as a formidable corporate retreat or as a bed and breakfast as the Fosters have successfully done for the last decade.
Breathtaking views of the Waltonian Islands and Gull Bay on the northern basin of Lake George can be enjoyed from every room. The 450’ of waterfront lies just south of the 5MPH no wake zone for enjoyable swimming and lounging. The waterfront includes an expansive sandy beach, boathouse and a 2nd deep-water dock complex with room for future additional docking. It is very rare to have the best of both worlds with a sandy beach and deep water for larger vessels.
Less than 2 hours from Montreal, Canada, one hour to Saratoga Springs race track, 15 minutes to downtown Bolton Landing, the Donald Ross designed Sagamore golf course and the Sagamore Hotel, 10 minutes to the Ticonderoga golf course, a walk or 3 minute drive to downtown Hague restaurants and boutiques, and 45 minutes to the Gore Mountain Ski Center and 1.5 hours to Whiteface in Lake Placid.