Roof Tree on Doolittle Lake

Norfolk—New Price: $1,675,000

On the national register of historic places, “Roof Tree” began as a day camp designed by noted Italian architect Alfredo Taylor, built by Miss Holbrook in 1930 and was so named because there was a flat roof above the changing room under the branch of a large tree! To create a rustic look, Taylor incorporated large wood beams into the structure and fashioned the magnificent, playful fireplace of individually selected stones from a local quarry. Owned by the same family since 1930, “Roof Tree” has been expanded upon and winterized over the years. It sits on 2.41 acres on the shores of Doolittle Lake – a private and quiet haven tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life – 2.5 hours from both NYC and Boston. Enjoy swimming, fishing, sailing, canoeing and explore the private hiking trails or bike the quiet country roads. The nearby village of Norfolk offers concerts at Infinity Hall and the magical Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and it is a short drive to fine dining, lively Great Barrington and Tanglewood in Lenox – all the many wonderful things to do in the northwest Corner of CT and Berkshire County just over the border in Massachusetts.

Age and Style: 1930’s Craftsman with additions. Square Feet: 2,866 (town assessor)
Bedrooms: 3 large bedrooms with full baths. Bathrooms: 3 full and 1 powder room
Fireplaces: 2 fieldstone plus a woodstove Roof: Asphalt shingle, 2007 high performance with lifetime limited warranty.  Full lightening protection.
Electricity: Circuit breakers, 100 amps. Heat: Oil-fired hot water baseboard. Zoned. New furnace - 2017. See photo below.
Plumbing: Mostly copper Oil tank: In basement.  275 gallons. 2 tanks.
Septic: Septic system, 1985, 1250 gallons. Hot water: Electric 2013
Water: Drilled well.  Covenants: Doolittle Lake is a common interest ownership association.
Alarm: Yes Assessment: $4,300 (plus or minus).
Internet cable: Yes Taxes: $17,482 (2017).
Windows & Sliding Doors: Marvin brand high-end aluminum clad thermal panes with screens in addition to original leaded glass windows.

General Information

Front Entry: Into small hall: 5’ x 9’ with wood floor.
Greeting Hall: 30’ x 12’.  Originally a stone terrace with outdoor fireplace which has been enclosed, this dramatic greeting or central hall has a bluestone floor, massive fieldstone chimney with fireplace exposed from floor to vaulted ceiling, 2 skylights & 2 ceiling fans.  On the way to the family room is a powder room, large closet and staircase to South bedroom.
Great Room: 20’ x 30’.  Vaulted ceiling with exposed structural beams, Craftsman chimney/fireplace of curved local granite, matching side bays with original diamond pane leaded glass  windows – one for dining and one for reading, wide pine plank floors, wall of sliding glass doors open to the lake-side terrace, ceiling fan, 2 small closets. Original leaded glass double doors lead back into Greeting Hall on 1 side of fireplace and other side a set of leaded glass windows.
Family Room: Large open multi-purpose room for living (22’ x 18’) and casual dining (9’ x 15’).  9’ ceilings, an oak floor, double glass doors from greeting room, sliding glass doors to both the southern walled stone terrace and the northern lake-side stone terrace, Vermont Castings woodstove, recessed lighting, thermal-pane windows, built-in bookshelves and a closet. 
Kitchen: 15’ x 8’.  Ample galley-style kitchen off the family room with oak floor, granite counter tops, double stainless steel sinks, gas range w/hood, wood cabinets, tumbled limestone backsplash walls, stainless steel dishwasher & refrigerator, thermal-pane windows and recessed lighting.
Laundry/Pantry 7’ x 9’.  Washer and dryer, antique cast-iron sink with drainage boards and cabinets above.
SE bedroom on first floor: 19’ x 19’.  Vaulted ceiling paneled in wide white washed pine, exposed beams, fan, closet, carpeted.  Entrance to walk-up attic. Full Bath: 10’ x 5’, stall shower, pedestal sink, fan, shelving and cupboard.
NE bedroom on first floor: 18’ x 13’.  Carpeted, closet.  Full Bath: 5’ x 9’, stall shower, fan. Cedar closet in hall off bedroom.
S bedroom up ½ flight stairs: 23’ x 15’.  Carpeted, 2 closets.  Full Bath:  9’ x 6’.  Marble tiled tub/shower, fan.
Basement: Underneath the south bedroom addition.  Concrete walls and floor. 
Land: 2.41 acres on Doolittle lake with 200 feet of lake frontage and a westerly view.  2 terraces – walled south terrace: 24’ x 27’, lake-side terrace: 20’ x 30’. Storage shed, wood shed and charming original Alfredo Taylor pump house.  Easy access to lake from rolling lawn to water’s edge.  Walk into water on sand (not rocks) or use private stone and wood dock.  There is also a floating dock to swim to.