The Battle of Saratoga was the turning point in the Revolutionary War. It's where the British surrendered. It's where Alexander Hamilton spent his summers and now, it can be where you spend yours. From it's rich American history, the iconic thoroughbred racetrack and the medicinal water made famous by the familiar blue glass bottles, Saratoga remains a premier destination for lovers of all seasons.
NOTE FROM THE SELLER
I was about to leave for the gym on the morning of September 11, 2001, when the devastating news broke. Instead of working out, I sat in my apartment on West 57th Street perched on the 69th floor in New York City, starring out the window in total disbelief. In an instant, our world had changed before my eyes. I watched the towers fall that morning—and suddenly, none of our lives would ever be the same.
Within days I found myself searching for property in Saratoga Springs, NY. I wanted space, land—a place I could escape to on weekends, holidays—anytime I needed to just…let go, relax and breathe. I’d spent countless summers in Sagaponack and East Hampton and had grown tired of the endless crowds and the tiring weekend traffic. I wanted a vastness I couldn’t have there—and if it existed, it was definitely out of my budget. Besides, as I discovered, upstate New York offered so much more throughout the four seasons.
I fell in love with Saratoga the first time I visited the city earlier that summer. The fun and festive frivolity of the town was unlike anything I had ever experienced. The Saratoga race track, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the New York City Ballet, international Polo, skiing in the winter (VT and Adirondacks) and world class restaurants. Each offered a cultural experience I couldn’t find anyplace else—certainly not Litchfield, Long Island or the Jersey Shore.
I bought Deer Run from the Lee family in early 2002. They were the first to renovate the original 1853 barn. They even ran it as a B&B during track season. (People loved staying there so much they were disappointed that I didn’t chose to continue with this tradition.) The Lee’s raised 3 of their sons in the home, an idyllic setting for boys who loved riding their dirt bikes on the property, camping in the historic woods around the perimeter that meets the 55,000 acre National Park (scene of the Battle of Saratoga—the turning point of the Revolutionary War—where the British surrendered,) and rode their horses.
Today, my 10 year old daughter enjoys many of these same experiences—as if they’ve been passed on from their family to ours. She grows fresh vegetables in our garden, learns about wildlife (and there’s plenty!) and explores in her enchanted forest.
After a complete gut renovation that took two years to complete, this home has given our family nearly 15 years of picture perfect Thanksgiving’s, hanging stockings on the hand hewn wooden mantle, opening presents that “Santa and Hanukah Harry” left under our giant REAL holiday tree, and endless memories of dinner parties, celebrations and family building togetherness and traditions.
Mrs. Lee celebrated her 90th birthday in August 2016 and for the first time since I purchased the home, she reached out and asked if she could come visit. Her children and grandchildren were visiting from all over the United States and she wanted to share her memories of Deer Run with them one last time. I was delighted to say yes and make that familial connection. She arrived with 30 people, all of whom had their own stories to share with us as we shared ours with them.
Deer Run was designed to be the perfect family compound, gentleman’s farm or weekend get away from the fast paced life we all live in our daily busy, over-scheduled lives. You won’t find a more inviting or relaxing environment to call your next home. What memories will you create here?