“Green” Suffern Stone Cottage, $279,000

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Okay, this one threatens to be a case of greenwashing, but it’s a sweet pad and could be great for a person looking for an in-town property. It’s main green feature is that it’s in walking distance to public transit, in this case the Metro-North Suffern station (currently running on the NJ Transit line). Claims it’s a 45-minute trip to Penn Station, but that’s not true according to the schedule — closer to an hour, depending on the train. They seem to be confusing green with calming. There’s an art studio and lovely landscaping, all smooched into .13 acres. It has low-VOC paints inside, but other than that, not much on the sustainability scale, save for size: it’s a one-bedroom, only 400 square feet! Teeny retreat for almost $300,000!  Taxes are high for something so small — $4,300 — but annual utility costs are only $1,500. Walkable to downtown Suffern, a town I’ve not yet been to. Can anyone say what it’s like? Stats on the jump.

23 Meadow Avenue, Suffern, NY (Weichert) MAP
Asking Price: $279,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 2
Square Feet: 400
Land: .13 acres
Year Built: 1934
Taxes: $4,300
Features: walkable to train and downtown, gardens

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 December 7, 2011, in $200000 to $299000, Eco-friendly, Orange County, Suffern, Village. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I don’t know, I guess Suffern is technically upstate, but barely. It’s a very cute town and I’d agree you can get to Manhattan in under an hour–friend of the family commuted from there to the city for many years. I don’t think of it as “real” upstate, though obviously that’s a subjective view based on not much at all.

    • I agree. It’s marginally upstate–anything that close to Jersey shouldn’t really count. And yet it’s pitched as a country hideaway! Well, it’s cute, anyway!

  2. That it is!

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