Silo Ridge Resort Community has been designed to be a unique, family oriented, healthy-living environment focused on year-round recreational, outdoor and sporting activities. The development plan for Silo Ridge puts the natural beauty of the region into the forefront, and provides for significant protection of open space and natural resources. Silo Ridge will have 21 lodging (Hotel-Condominium) units; a Clubhouse with spa and dining (and five of the lodging units); a renovated 18-hole championship golf course; and a mix of single-family homes, including Golf Villas; Vineyard Cottages; and other residences grouped around views, natural features, and the Village Green. The former Silo Ridge Country Club Golf Course is located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Amenia, Dutchess County, New York, an area well-known for its pastoral landscape and agricultural heritage.
At the heart of the new resort community, the Village Green will accommodate casual gatherings, active recreation, and club activities. The Village Green will be bounded by the Lodge and Clubhouse buildings, and condominiums. To the west of the Village Green, a garden will serve the Clubhouse and provide direct access to residences to the north. Silo Ridge has been designed as a series of buildings grouped in neighborhoods around views and open space which tuck into the natural topography. The design approach is in the manner of historic towns, farmsteads and villages in the surrounding Dutchess County countryside, where small pockets of development preserve open space. The landscape plan builds on a vision to create a community that integrates seamlessly with its natural surroundings. The harmony of building, site, and landscape design will contribute to the sense that the community has grown organically over time.
Silo Ridge is located just 85 miles north of New York City, with multiple daily round-trip train service from Grand Central Terminal to Wassaic Station, within one-half mile of the site. The proximity of the Metro-North Railroad station enhances the resort community vision and its ability to attract residents and tourists alike.
Silo Ridge will have the following components:
- 21 lodging (Hotel-Condominium) units with direct access to Clubhouse amenities Clubhouse with dining and spa
- 18-hole Championship Golf Course
- Winery Restaurant
- 224 Residential Units 159 Single-Family Homes 28 Golf Villas
- 19 Vineyard Cottages
- 24 Village Green Homes
- 32 South Lawn Homes
- 56 Estate Homes
- 52 Attached Condominiums
- 13 Town Homes
Gatehouse, Sales Office, Design Center, and General Store Golf Course, Golf Academy and Site Maintenance Facilities Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities.
Green at the Center
Silo Ridge is designed with a relatively dense center of buildings focused on a Village Green, with neighboring residential groups clustered along hillsides to preserve views and open space. The architecture around the Village Green will take its cues from other nearby Hudson Valley towns, with buildings designed as a contemporary update of the vernacular styles and traditional methods found in the region. The Clubhouse and Lodge buildings will anchor the Village Green, and surrounding residential buildings will play a strong supporting role.
Characteristic details will include sloped roofs with simple overall shapes; painted clapboard or wood shingled walls with contrasting trim; stone structures and stone, timber, glass, and shingle elements through the architecture of the resort community; projecting cornices, eaves, towers (or silos) and dormers; porches and balconies; and large window bays. Use of projecting cornices and large window bays will provide opportunities for distinctive architectural features that collectively contribute to a harmonious built environment. Colors will range from white to cream to more saturated colors (such as ochre and blue), and a range of accompanying trim colors. The variety of building sizes, colors and details will create the effect of a village that has developed over time.
Village to Country
Beyond the Village Green neighborhood, homes will share casual green courts in clusters that will become less dense the further they are from the center. The colors of these buildings will be neutral, predominantly colors found in the natural environment, and some will be clad in naturally aged cedar shingles in order to blend with the surrounding landscape. The landscape will also become less formal, with trees, flowering shrubs, and groundcover to complement the street trees. Site lighting will be minimal.
At the furthest distance from the Village Green neighborhood, larger homes will occupy larger lots, with coverage minimized to lessen the impact on existing trees and topography. Siting homes within the natural slope will equally limit grading and preserve forest cover. These homes will be required to be covered in naturally aged cedar shingles or cedar siding, with painted wood trim and stone accents. Plantings will emphasize native species. There will be no site lighting in these areas.
Neighborhoods will be organized around views and open space features, pedestrian oriented thoroughfares within a block, and shared driveways for homes and villas. These shared spaces will limit impacts. There will be a variety of neighborhood house plan types and styles that will work together to create diversity in the spirit of places that have evolved over time.
Each neighborhood will offer a unique character differentiated by views, relationships to open space, signage details, paving, and materials. Plantings in each neighborhood will help integrate development into the surrounding natural landscape.
Respect for the Natural Landscape
Along the hillsides beyond the Village Green, building forms will be suited to the topography to blend with this rural setting. Homes will be appropriately sited on the rolling wooded landscape to minimize disturbance to the natural grade. Streets and roadways are designed to maximize views of the landscape and to rest comfortably on the topography. Forested portions of the Site, among this valley’s greatest assets, will be preserved. The plan calls primarily for native tree and shrub species. Planting will be a crucial component of the integration of buildings into the surrounding countryside; it will also be used to screen and protect sensitive view corridors
All buildings at Silo Ridge will employ a variety of roof dormers to provide fenestration for attic floors. With roofs occupied, buildings sit lower to the ground, blending better with the natural landscape.