Category Archives: Accord

Modern Ulster County Homes, from Affordable to Dreamable

I came across this post over on Dylan Taft’s website — he’s the real estate broker who gave us the inside scoop on Stone Ridge a couple of weeks ago. He’s done a great job picking out modern homes for sale in Ulster County that range from $250,000 to $850,000. Naturally, I love the most expensive one, but there’s a good mix here.

Upstate Jane: Ultra Modern Masterpiece in Accord on over 4 acres for 395K

If you have been looking for that perfect move in ready modern weekend retreat, this may be it. Set on over 4 acres of wooded wonderland, this  home features high-end appliances in the open kitchen, an energy-efficient wood stove and a loft like grandiosity with repurposed steel beams from NYC, complimented by the 16 feet windows that allow all of nature to be your neighbors in this steel and glass tree house. It is hard to believe this home was built in 1994! There are over 2,000 square feet and 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms. The listing has been on the market since 10/29/11.  For the full listing click here

Beds:2 Bed Baths:2 Bath House Size:2,133 Sq Ft Lot Size:4.30 Acres

How to Pay Your Monthly Mortgage in One Weekend

I started seriously entertaining the idea of buying a second home in upstate New York (as if I own a first one) after agreeing to rent this place in Accord, N.Y. for a holiday weekend with friends. That’s right, we are collectively paying $1,300 for four days in an upstate New York rental house:  a mid-60s place with a ping-pong table, outdoor fireplace and a pond. (In our defense, we decided to do this late in the game and there weren’t a lot of choices left–and the place is very nice.)

I looked this Accord, N.Y. house up on Property Shark and found that the owners bought it for $160,000 in 1999. Even if their down payment was small and they renovated, a weekend rental surely covers the monthly mortgage (to rent it for a month is  a whopping $8,000!). And there must be thousands of nincompoops like me who will pay top dollar to get out of the heat. Upstater’s own Alia rents her place out to non-nincompoops on VRBO to help pay the mortgage and it works.

If you’re thinking that the market is still soft up there, take note: this house is currently assessed at $620,000! I can’t imagine anyone paying that much for it, but then again I never thought I’d pay this much for a weekend in the country. So this reaffirms my search for a vacation house upstate–it will save me a whole lot of money on rent.

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