Category Archives: Cairo

Cairo Farmhouse for $115,000, with studio and paddocks

This 1890 Cairo farmhouse, in the hamlet of Purling, has a tempting price tag for the amount of space and interior detail. It’s not quite big enough to be called “rambling”—a quality I love in an Upstate farmhouse—but with three bedrooms, two baths, a separate studio, and a horse paddocks, it’s certainly roomy from a city dweller’s point of view. The house is in “town,” but set far back from the road, and Purling has a decidedly country feel.

The house has some nice original detail—wavy glass windows, original moldings, plank floors—plus a deep front porch and an antique wood stove. The condition is listed as “average,” though we’re not sure what sort of work would be needed here, other than updates.

The biggest drawback seems to be the off-the-beaten-path yet not-quite-rolling-countryside location. If anyone takes a look, let us know.  Stats, additional pics, and map after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Cairo Farmer’s Take on Irene in Mark Bittman’s Blog

New York Times food writer Mark Bittman is planning a series of posts on first-person accounts of the effects of Irene on farms in the Northeast. Here is a thoughtful, heartbreaking contribution from Deborah Kavakos at Stoneledge Farm in Cairo, Greene County. You can check out Stoneledge’s website for photos of the farm, both before and after.

Bittman is still soliciting submissions from farmers about Irene’s aftermath. If you have a story to tell, write to Bittman at

Gracious Home in Cairo for Sale, $169,000

I think there’s something quite elegant about this gray lady in Cairo in Greene County. I love the deep-set porch, the mature plantings, the well-oiled woodwork and the sense of proportion. This 4+ bedroom home could use some updates, particularly in the tight-looking bathrooms, but overall, I’d say this is an understated, well-maintained class act.

Cairo is on the sleepy side, with a quiet Main Street, a few antique shops and plentiful mountain views. It’s relatively accessible compared to the other relatively inaccessible towns in Greene County, not far from the Saugerties thruway stop. This house is rather close to Route 23, a major highway, which is great for getting things quickly, but not so great if you want that off-the-beaten-track feel. All in all, though, Cairo is so undiscovered that I imagine you’d feel plenty country here

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