Home Buying

Home of the Week: Berkshires vacation home on private lake serves up tennis and pickleball

Four-bedroom contemporary has 3.5 baths, built-in bunk beds, a finished lower level, and an office with custom cabinetry (if you just can’t escape the job).

Chris Rose
The home sits on a 1.19-acre lot.

325 Lake Shore Drive, Sandisfield


Style Contemporary

Year built 1981

Square feet 2,220

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3 full, 1 half

Fee $199 a month

Sewer/Water Private

Taxes $5,266 (2023)

Sandisfield is the largest town in Berkshire County size-wise but one of the smallest year-round population-wise.

It’s also where one can become “OWL-wise.”

That’s an acronym for Otis Wood Lands, a 250-plus-lot private development centered on an artificial lake of the same name.

Our Home of the Week is a contemporary that sits on a 1.19-acre lot on the southwestern end of the 24-acre lake. Entrance is via a crushed stone driveway, a paving stone walkway, and a raised platform. Inside, a short foyer directs one to the main living areas of the home, past a 144-square-foot office/den to the left that has built-in cabinetry, a custom desk, carpeting perfect for a rolling desk chair, and shiplap walls.


On the right, there is a half bath with a single vanity topped with granite, as well as butterfly wallpaper.

Just ahead lies a fully updated kitchen and dining and living areas — all part of an open floor plan that draws natural light from four skylights and a wall of windows and a slider to a deck and a screen porch. Track lighting stands ready to take over when the sun sets. The flooring is oak.

The 220-square-foot kitchen is shaped something like a C and offers stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, floor-to-ceiling Shaker-style cabinetry in a medium wood tone, two windows, a ceramic tile backsplash, granite countertops, and a beadboard-clad peninsula with seating for at least two. Textured glass covers some of the upper cabinet doors, and a tall cabinet reveals a pantry with custom shelving.

The 247-square-foot screened-in porch off the dining area is fitted with modern skylights but gives off a rustic appearance in deference to the wooded surroundings.

A hallway a few steps up from the living area connects to the bedroom wing. On the right, a 150-square-foot guest bedroom features wall-to-wall carpeting and windows overlooking the backyard. Opposite that is a full bath that comes with a double-bowl laminate-topped vanity, tile flooring, and a shower behind a frosted-glass door. There’s a laundry room with a sink farther down the hall.


The rest of this level belongs to the primary suite. The 281-square-foot bedroom has wall-to-wall carpeting, track and recessed lighting, a sharply angled cathedral ceiling with a fan, five windows, and a walk-in closet with custom cabinetry. The bedroom also provides enough space to set up a sitting area.

The updated en-suite bath is 154 square feet and features a ceramic tile floor, a water closet, and a two-level vanity with a pair of sinks and a dressing table. The counters are granite with a stone backsplash. That stone also frames a jetted tub with a granite surround and a wood front that matches the raised-panel cabinetry. The room also offers a separate shower with a ceramic tile backsplash.

The home’s other two bedrooms — 120 square feet and 138 square feet — are on the second floor. Both have wall-to-wall carpeting and share a full bath with tile flooring, a shower/tub combination, and a single vanity with a laminate counter. One of the bedrooms offers two sets of bunk beds.

The lower level holds a 648-square-foot family room with wall-to-wall carpeting.

The monthly fee is for access to the private lake (no motorsports), an in-ground pool, a children’s play area, four tennis courts, pickleball courts, a ballfield, a fitness center, and hiking trails that connect to Otis State Forest. OWL has a lodge for community gatherings.


Jeff Wilkinson of Stone House Properties in Great Barrington has the listing. As of press time, an offer was pending on the property.

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