I Want This House: Rhinebeck Schoolhouse, $395,000

Lots of folks write to us asking us to list their places (and taking advantage of the fact that we don’t yet have a listings section — we’re still searching for a great WordPress designer/developer, if you know of anyone…). We put them up if they’re something we’d personally be interested in, which is why this one had to be shared.

Although, in some ways, I don’t want any of you to go see this place because I kind of want it. We’re waiting for the owner to tell us a little more about it, including its exact location and what’s going on with the kitchen (I see a sink, but nothing else). And we’re waiting for bigger photos. BUT…like many of you, I’m a sucker for the words “converted schoolhouse,” and I love the size, look and openness of this place. Although it’s only an acre of land, it’s surrounded by an estate, so (at least according to the owner) it feels very secluded. More info and photos on the jump.

Is this the right price? It depends. Rhinebeck, NY real estate itself is pricey, and without the street address we can’t tell if this makes sense to us or not. If it’s on a busy road, that knocks a bunch of cash off what we think is a fair price. If not, and it’s close to town and to the Rhinecliff train station, it might be priced in the fair zone. It’s more than I’d like to pay for a country house—I love the deals, like so many of you, and am still considering the bungalows that are less than $30,000. But it seems special. Taxes are $6,000 a year — not terrible — and it seems very rentable. If it’s still on the market in two weeks when I next head upstate, I’ll go see it and report back…perhaps that I’ve bought it.

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About lisa

I'm a freelance writer (and thus, not a homeowner), specializing in real estate, urban planning and sustainability. Also, I just like looking at pictures of houses.

Posted on October 4, 2011, in $300000 to $499000, Architecture, hudson valley real estate, Rhinebeck, Rural, Ulster County and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. You’re right, Lisa, that’s a great house. Pursue it! River Road is a gorgeous road… along the river! It doesn’t say “river view,” so it’s probably on the opposite side of the road. It looks very special and the price is kinda special — and the taxes add $500/month — so you’re looking at a pretty hefty monthly nut. BUT there is the possibility of renting half of it! Could be your solution…!! Can’t wait to hear what you decide. Rhinebeck is a GREAT place to live. Way better than the Catskills side, IMO!

  2. yes, interesting, right? i’ll report back!

  3. I love the look of this one, such a nice mix of special but also livable, especially if it turns out it has a real kitchen. Keep us posted!

  4. I’m upstate this week, I can do a driveby tomorrow…

  5. I’m interested in why Cara likes that side of the river better. I agree the area is prettier.What about the human element? Is the community in Rosendale, for example, more progressive and friendlier and closer-knit? I’m looking for a place where like-minded artsy people of middle income or less, hippies, basically, would predominate. Rhinebeck seems as it might be too snobby and rich. If the s*#@ hits the fan, where would one find the most cooperative community to flee to on either side of the river? Also, which side of the river has the most small farms and farmers markets?

  6. hi Carolyn… I’m just fond of the Hudson Valley because I had a place there for several years and got to know and love it, whereas every time I go over to “the other side” — the west side of the Hudson River, the Catskill side — the density of the woods makes it seem dark to me, rather than open, with big sky, which is more the character of the east (Hudson Valley) side. I don’t know Rosendale but I’m sure it’s charming (so I’ve heard) and hope to get there one day. Rhinebeck village may have a bit of a ‘snobby’ character, but there are all kinds of surrounding communities that are not. There are plenty of ‘artsy’ people in Tivoli, Milan, Germantown, Red Hook, etc. etc. And Rhinebeck too! It’s hardly all rich. Plenty of farms and markets too. It’s strictly a matter of preference and familiarity. You have to decide for yourself. See this post on my own blog, mostly tongue in cheek, for more comparisons: http://casacara.wordpress.com/2009/01/03/catskills-vs-hudson-valley-talk-me-down/

  7. Thanks, Cara, and funny post on your blog! I haven’t been to Rosendale yet either, or really much of anywhere in the Catskills. I’m interested in checking the area out to see whether I’d like it as much as the east side of the river.

  8. It is VERY close to the road. Too bad it can’t be moved a 100 yards back. ;(

  9. I too coveted this school house about a month ago. I drove by on my way to the train, and my suspiscion was right. Everyone who thinks it is close to the road, you are correct. In fact it is practically ON the road, and that is not a sleepy country farm road. This is the route everyone uses to make their way to the amtrak train day and night- and also the shortcut road into Rhinebeck. It is heavily travelled and at high speeds (45+). SIGH! So sad, because in person it is just as cute on the outside, it seemed to have so much potential.

    • That is probably the most common flaw when it comes to old houses: being close to the road, and hence, traffic noise. I suspect that’s because, in the olden days, it may have been only a horse cart going past a couple of times a day, and it was more convenient to be on the road during heavy snows. And the roads we travel today are mainly the same roads that started as dirt paths, possibly even Indian trails. You’ll never see it mentioned in a real estate ad, and the pictures are cunningly shot to exclude the nearby road. Before traveling any distance to look at a listing, it behooves the prospective buyer to askt: AND HOW CLOSE IS IT TO THE ROAD???

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