Expansive lodge on site of former nudist colony asks $19.95 million

On a lake in a small town in Upstate New York, this substantial compound has seen quite varied uses over the years. First constructed in the 1930s, it was used for a time as a nudist colony. Later renovated, the property was recently listed with an asking price of $19.95 million

The compound is located in the small town of Esopus, New York, approximately eighty miles north of New York City between the Hudson River and the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Once the site of a nudist colony, the property was purchased in 1998 by New York auctioneer, David Malz. He made substantial renovations to the property, especially the main lodge.

In total, the compound takes up around 164 acres, including a 25 acre lake. The main lodge is around 7,000 square feet. The home has five bedrooms. It is built right on the lake and has large windows and a sizable deck for taking in the beautiful scenery.

The design of the home is very open, with wide interior spaces and large windows that flood the interior with light. Although largely simple, it also has touches of flair such as moulding in the dining room and the coffered ceiling in one of the bedrooms.

First built in the 1930s, the stone and wood construction of the main lodge is original and gives the home a quasi-rustic feel. In addition to the stint as a nudist colony, the property, known as Auchmoody, was also used as a dude ranch at one point.

In addition to the main lodge, the compound has quite a few other structures. There are two guest houses, a home for the caretaker, a huge barn, and a three-car garage.

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