In the world of luxury real estate, few new developments have ever rivaled the scale and prestige of Conyers Farm. Over a span of three decades beginning in the 1980s, the colossal agricultural tract, once owned by U.S. Steel founder Edmund C. Converse, was subdivided and sold into 95 lots of no less than 10 acres each. The location proved a natural draw for elite buyers, coupling a convenient location north of New York City with gated privacy to construct their custom castles—none visible in the slightest from public roads.
But while Conyers Farm is best known for its new construction, it also hasn’t given up its past. 2 Conyers Farm Drive is one such address. The 10.3 acre compound boasts not a singular modern manse but two Arts & Crafts-era structures—the elder dates to 1905—including a guest house boasting a rustic loft-life aesthetic that isn’t hard to swoon for. But it’s hardly contrived: It’s an authentic Gunstock barn that began life in Vermont, moved piece by piece and carefully reassembled on the property. The method uses tapered-end posts that allow structural members to join and overlap at their tops.
Although currently called a “guest house,” it operates at the scale one would expect for today’s Conyers Farm. There’s three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, not to mention easy access to the property’s open, flat grounds. The building has also led a double life as a party barn, having hosted wedding showers and large birthdays, some even boasting bounce houses and visiting food trucks.
While the barn as-is is a sight to behold, its next owner will receive architectural plans to convert it to a sports complex complete with an indoor pool and adjacent outdoor combination skating rink/tennis court, to execute if they so wish.