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Willow, NY Housing Swap

The folks who own this cabin in Willow, NY say they’ll swap it for a place in…anywhere. So we assume that includes New York City. Once again, I must marvel at the photography — it can make a house look so much better than it really is, but no one around here seems to have figured that out yet. As with the others, this listing has few interior pictures, and the ones that are included show an alarming amount of clutter. Although, actually, I applaud the owner for being honest, if photography can be honest, about the pad.

I think people tend to include so many exterior photos because they assume folks from the city are in search of mountain views and nice foliage and rambling lawns. And while that’s true of many of us searching for upstate properties, I think we’re probably even pickier about the interior in a country pad, where, in theory, you’ll spend even more time inside (no neighborhood bar, coffee shop, etc to escape to).

Still, if you want a free getaway in one of the loveliest areas of the Catskills (just outside Woodstock), might be worth dropping these folks a line. More photos on the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Revamped Modern in Willow, N.Y., $395,000

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There’s a reason the pictures of this renovated lodge for sale by owner in the Catskills looks so good: said owner is himself a professional photographer, and his artist’s eye sure has done the place right. I find this Willow, N.Y. home, 10 minutes from Phoenicia, to be just the right combination of updated and rustic–doesn’t look completely Design Within Reach (which has always been out of my reach), nor does it feel too earthy and outdated. All 70s hippie on the outside, all metro Brooklyn on the inside. And the pond! And the European HVAC system! And the kitchen!

Taxes are nothing to sneeze at–$500 a month–but you get three acres and a pretty decent location, if you’re interested in the left bank of the Hudson. As always, I wish floorplans were provided, because much as I love an open floor plan, I prize the ability to shut the door, and the noise, for a heavy country sleep.

Catskill Mountain Contemporary (NY Times) GMAP
Asking Price: $395,000
Square feet: 1,700
Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Land: 3.09 acres
Taxes: $500/month
Distance to NYC: 118 miles; 2 hours, 25 minutes
Transportation: Bus to Phoenicia

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