Living History, Refined
For seven years, Sawyer Smith and Alex Chang lugged a space-hogging 1932 Magic Chef stove to not one, or two, but four New York City apartments. “We even turned it into a TV stand,” recalls Smith, who purchased the relic based on his dream that one day they’d own a country house, where the nearly 600-pound stove would look perfect. In the end, their behemoth found its rightful throne: an 1830s farmhouse in Warnerville, New York. “I guess you could say I bought this house for the stove,” Smith jokes.
Initially, Chang wasn’t sold on the idea of a rural retreat, so he challenged the house-hunting Smith with “a list of strict criteria,” Smith explains. “Alex wanted a place with a long, curvy driveway, high on a hill, totally hidden from the road.” Smith scoured real estate listings and bookended his fly-fishing trips in the Catskills with open houses—racking up 40 or 50 tours until he discovered this four-bedroom on 75 acres that fit the bill.