Daiku House

212 Joslyn School Rd, East Berne, NY 12059

For Sale $574,900


  • 1,728 square feet on two levels
  • Two bedrooms, 1.5 baths
  • Private setting on 7 acres
  • Detached 2 bay garage/workshop
  • Underground electric service
  • Generac backup generator
  • Japanese-inspired timber frame
  • Hand-crafted carpentry details
  • Soapstone Heating Stove
  • Passive Solar design
  • Exterior rigid foam insulation
  • Full basement, concrete foundation


Front 3/4 view of the Japanese-inspired house with garage/workshop behind

Daiku House, offered for sale by its original owner, is an exquisitely crafted and well-maintained two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom home featuring thoughtful design touches, custom details, and high-quality materials throughout. This two-story open-plan layout combines traditional timber-frame construction and Japanese carpentry techniques with the energy-saving modern construction approaches of passive solar design, double-pane casement windows, and additional exterior rigid foam insulation. Standing seam metal roofing and dark-stained cedar siding, vertical pine and stucco complete the building envelope.

The main level is organized around the soapstone stove and brick chimney, a double-height seating/conversation area, and two additions suitable for overflow sleeping or office space. On the other side of the impressive slab-tread staircase is the eat-in kitchen featuring hand-made tiles, true custom cabinets and a locally fabricated copper range hood. The rear hallway with laundry leads to the full bath with copper sink on a hand-made shoji cabinet base. Access to the outdoors is always close with entrances off the rear foyer, front porch, and enclosed four-season porch.

Up the stairs is space for a reading nook or office desk, a half bath, and two bedrooms. A door from the primary bedroom accesses a small balcony/loft area perfect for tall plants or a yoga mat. The second bedroom overlooks the two-story south-facing window wall and can be left open or closed off with custom shoji windows.

There’s an abundance of storage and workspace on the property with a full basement accessed from the entry foyer and a detached two-story garage and workshop. The seven-acre grounds are mostly wooded with the house and garage sited centrally, accessed by a gently sloping asphalt driveway. Landscape plantings include a black walnut tree, two McIntosh apples, blueberry bushes, flowering lilacs, and Rosa rugosa.

In all corners of the house are examples of the attention to detail and careful choice of materials rarely found elsewhere today. You’ll notice examples of mortise and tenon joinery and find unique hand-cut window trim and intricately grained wood door panels. The house systems were chosen for simplicity and unobtrusiveness. Separate thermostats regulate the gas-fired soapstone stove and thin radiant panels that together heat this well-insulated home.

10 min to Rensselaerville, 30 min to Whole Foods (or Trader Joe’s) and Albany Airport. 45 min to Hudson.

Garage and Workshop

Two-story, two-bay garage with workshop above.

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East Berne is a rural community in Albany County, NY but close to the state capital. Daiku House is 30 min to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or Honest Weight Food Coop, 30 minutes to Albany International Airport, and 45 min to Amtrak in either Rensselaer or Hudson, NY.


Daiku House is represented by broker Hans Soderquist at CORNERPIN. Contact us below to schedule a showing or call Hans at (518) 336-0125. MLS 152875

Accompanied showings, appointment required. Please schedule 24 hours in advance.