Author Susan Orlean Lists Modern Glass Beauty in the Hudson Valley

Best-selling author Susan Orlean’s pets going about their days populate a large part her Instagram and Twitter feeds. And over the summer especially, they appeared to enjoy Orlean’s 55-acre Hudson Valley estate. The home is a modernist masterwork of wood and glass custom-built by Orlean and her husband in 2005. Now on the market for $3.495 million, it seems the New Yorker columnist and The Orchid Thief author (immortalized in the 2002 film Adaptation with Meryl Streep) and her family are turning the page on this pristine property.

Ripe with views of Stissing Mountain, the peaceful plot supplies a striking canvas on which Orlean and her husband commissioned their 3,029-square-foot home. Washington-based Cutler Anderson Architects, who designed the Medina home of Bill Gates, created the one-of-a-kind residence with inspiration from Japanese architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright. Walls of glass are present throughout, a classic marker of an architect looking to bring the outside in, but even more impressive is the embrace of natural materials. Wood and stone mingle effortlessly, mirroring the mountains and trees that are always in sight.

The main living space—a combination of kitchen, dining space, and seating area bolstered by built-in bookshelves and storage of custom beechwood cabinetry—feels at once vast and warm. From the hallways to the three bedrooms, the remainder feels equally luxurious yet down-to-earth.

However, it’s the outdoor patio with a grand stone fireplace that is especially enticing this time of year. Or perhaps the secluded writer’s studio for a buyer with Orlean’s same passion. Ira Goldspiel and Steve Pener of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty hold the listing.