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For the musically inclined
If you already have a Steinway grand in your apartment, congratulations on winning at life. For the rest of us, here’s a Coxsackie manor house (circa 1790) with a concert piano in the living room. Oh, and the sickest kitchen you’ve ever seen. (Would you like dinner next to the fireplace?) ($3,500 a week; sleeps 12)
For the Netflix-philes
Not only does this Woodstock cottage feel like it’s a tree house (those windows), but it also has a pull-down movie screen, wall-mounted projector and complimentary popcorn for your Orange Is the New Black-binging pleasure. Pro tip: The second season drops June 6. ($1,734 a week; sleeps four)
For the nature walkers
See those rolling hills just beyond this, um, perfect pool? That’s a 140-acre farm, complete with streams and ponds, at your exploring disposal. You’ll be staying in the Warwick property’s converted creamery but have access to everything else, including the vegetable garden and gas/charcoal grill. ($1,000 a week; sleeps four)
For the hoopsters
Tennis, schmennis. This six-bedroom Southampton spot has a half basketball court out back--in addition to an immaculate pool, of course. ($7,500 a week; sleeps 12)
For the architecture enthusiasts
This New Paltz house is a dome. Really. It’s hard to beat the morning light that streams in through these floor-to-ceiling windows--that then double as skylights. ($2,100 a week; sleeps five)
For the fishers
This non-motorized, private lake in the western Catskills is shared by only a few other homes and ideal for casting a line, canoeing and, well, just feet-dangling. The house’s massive deck ain’t half bad either. ($1,300 a week; sleeps four)
For the former Girl Scouts
Why yes, that is a private island. Situated on the Saranac River in the Adirondacks, this little cottage (and its fireplace, sauna, outdoor hammock and waterslide) is accessible via rowboat from the shore. Get your Moonrise Kingdom on. ($2,500 a week; sleeps four)
Let’s face it: Anywhere that lets you swap fluorescent lights for fuchsia sunsets is a winner in our books. So we’d be happy with pretty much any summer house.
But one on its own island? Yeah, that’s better.
If you’re flexible on location, here are some of the coolest surprise features we’ve seen out there.
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