In The Berkshire Downs
In the Berkshire Downs, a contemporary home with soaring ceilings & floor-to-ceiling windows that showcases water with natural lighting throughout. Architectural details exult extensive use of steel, stone, glass, and hardwood. Favorite features are the voluminous great room, two fireplaces, gracious master suite with sunrise water views, two - four garage bays, five decks, a natural large sandy beach
Steps away from Mohawk Trail System, this property is located near the oldest and largest ski area in Connecticut, dubbed "the home of snowmaking.”
A short drive to several seasonal Farmers Markets, there are three beautiful country drives to year-round, outstanding organic markets.
You will also love the oversized windows and doors which bring the outdoors in and provide sunlight and heat in the winter and great views and breeze in the summer.
Beautifully placed between waterfall and lake, the indoor well-built highly developed swim spa will give you the workout of your dreams. This swim spa can also be used as an oasis of tranquility, as well as a serious swim training center offering the ultimate for fitness training
The SwimEx swim spa water current offers the smoothest and widest flow for hydrotherapy and water exercises. The unique paddlewheel technology provides a “wall of water” powerful enough to match the strongest athlete’s regiment and gentle enough for slow rehabilitative aquatic therapy. Built with solid fiberglass construction, the pool is kept pure through the design of a nearly carefree mineral water system purified through four state-of-the-art non-chemical filter systems. The warm mineral water provides the most ideal, healthy swimming environment. Easy to maintain, economical to run, this all seasons restorative pool the owners refer to as an Ofuro, asking guests to prepare as if for a Japanese Ofuro - through the breezes of summer, to the falling leaves of autumn, the first snowflakes of the winter, to the wildflowers and flowing stream into waterfall, the Ofuro experience is mesmerizing.
It was 1976 when three young friends put their creative minds together to design this award winning house, Bob Hillier, Dana Toomey and Mel Toomey developed five design criteria to plan what was to become the Toomey Residence.
- Design to fit with the topography
- Bring the outside inside
- Lakeview from every room
- Abundant cubic space
- Maintain a simple contemporary expression
The result? A house that is flexible — one that can be configured to fit varied lifestyles. The Toomey family fostered 10 children and the initial use of living space was very different than how it is used today. Currently, 10 living areas are used as
- Great area with fireplace + SwimEx pool
- Living area with fireplace and meeting table
- Dining area and gallery
- Library and office
- Master bedroom and hot tub
- Spa with far infrared sauna + massage table
- Guest bedroom with large walk-in shower
- Business office & communications center
- Gym and Pilates studio
Bobs’ firm, J. Robert Hillier and Associates, Princeton New Jersey won an AIA award for his firms’ design and execution of this stunning property.
J. Robert Hillier, FAIA
- Visiting Lecturer, History and Theory of the Architecture Profession
- A.B., M.F.A., Princeton University
- Hillier Properties, Princeton, New Jersey
J. Robert Hillier, FAIA, founded Hillier Architecture in 1966 and led it to become the third-largest architectural firm in the United States. In 2007 Hillier merged with RMJM of Scotland and thus was created the third-largest strictly-architectural firm in the world, with seventeen offices worldwide. He served as Deputy Chairman of the RMJM holding company. The Hillier firm received over 300 state, national and international design awards, many of them for projects for which Hillier personally was the lead designer. In 1998, Architectural Record identified Hillier Architecture as one of the best-managed firms in the United States.
In 1989 Mr. Hillier was named New Jersey’s Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine. In 2001, he was the first recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci award from the Professional Services Management Association for lifetime leadership in his profession. In 2007, Mr. Hillier was the recipient of the AIA’s Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Medal, and in 2009 he received the NJIT President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement. In 2013 Mr. Hillier received the 75th Anniversary Legacy Award from the Urban Land Institute for his work in land conservation and affordable housing. Mr. Hillier has lectured extensively in the United States at schools of architecture and to AIA chapters.
In 2009, Mr. Hillier established Studio Hillier, a new type of architectural firm based on land use strategy and execution where the firm both designs and develops projects for its own account. In its work, this new firm focuses on community need, neighborhood enhancement, and opportunities for architectural excellence while providing reasonable returns to investors.
Dana Toomey, MA
Dana has enjoyed a rich career in the arts, education and advocacy, with a lifelong focus on health and the environment.
In her early 20s, Dana danced professionally in New York City with The Martha Graham Dance Company, and trained with dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Pilobolus Dance Theater. She is an accomplished sculptor with commissioned works including a fourteen-foot installation of St. George with the Maiden and Dragon, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee, a larger than life-size figurative figure of larger than life Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick, Bernardsville, New Jersey, Boy Reading sculpture honoring all teachers at St. Catherine/Santa Catalina Episcopal Church, Nehalem, Oregon, several curated shows including Lever House Show in New York City for master international sculptor Stanley Bleifeld. Dana also works to build community around art including Red Bank, New Jersey city plan for the mayor and council, which was implemented and received state and national awards.
She holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Beacon University Without Walls, with adjunct studies in Marriage and Family Therapy at Rutgers University, Drew University, The C.G. Jung Institute of New York and The C.G. Jung Institute, Zürich.
As an educator, Dana created a curriculum called “Imaging Peace,” used from grade school through law school. She’s written a newspaper column, a book on parenting, and advocated on behalf of children’s rights through the Children’s Defense Fund with Marian Wright Edelman.
Through decades of study and research in health and the environment, Dana has honed her skills in quantitative analysis and qualitative evaluation. She has studied herbs, homeopathy, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and nutrition. She holds certifications in yoga, neuromuscular and positional therapy, Pilates, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), and Medical Qi Gong. Her environmental research has focused on air, soil and water.
Mel Toomey, D.H.L.
Mel works with senior executives to design, develop and implement personal and organizational strategies for change. He also works with executives helping them contribute to the development of their organizations’ emerging leaders.
He designed and teaches an accredited MA in Organizational Leadership intended for mid-career leaders. Mel has also made significant contributions to the development of senior consultants working in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East.
Mel serves as Scholar in Residence and faculty member at The Graduate Institute. He has taught leadership programs at Chicago Theological Seminary including Transformational Leadership for seminarians seeking masters and doctoral degrees. At the University of Arkansas Sam Walton College of Business Mel taught programs on breakthrough change.
In 1990 Mel founded Generative Leadership Group to focus on bringing breakthrough capability to Fortune 500 organizations. In 2000 he founded Center for Leadership Studies focused on contributing to the establishment of leadership as a profession and having leadership recognized not only as a topic or subject to be taught but as an acknowledged field of study.