The $249,000 Book Barn

I haven’t been able to get the brokers for this very unusual property to fill me in on a few key details, like what’s the deal with the kitchen (no photo), but I’m posting it anyway, for those who desire a more literary retreat. It’s pretty much got one loft bedroom and a lot of open space, some 3,000 square feet of it. Unless you want a retreat for one, you’d need to do a little work to make it full-time inhabitable, including adding another bathroom and closing off a few walls for privacy. Seems to have lovely grounds, almost five acres, in the teeny tiny hamlet of South Kortright, near Stamford. The kicker: pretty far from the city for a country house, at least three hours and getting into central NY territory. Which is where real estate gets incredibly affordable, so I think this one could be had for even less. Stats on the jump.

627 Roses Brook Road (Timberland Property) GMAP
Asking Price: $189,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Square Feet: 3,000
Year Built: 1870
Land: 4.79 acres

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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 November 3, 2011, in $200000 to $299000, Catskills, Delaware County, Rural and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Intriguing. Looks like it might have been a schoolhouse at one time, or some kind of public building. I wouldn’t mind the openness, except when it comes to heating the place.

  2. I believe that’s the Book Barn, an excellent used book store. Walking through (yeah, you can go upstairs and see the living area, though not enter) I wished I could live there. Impractical for me to buy it, though.

    I wonder if the owners are going out of business – they have another story in town.

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