Category Archives: Woodbourne
Hello and welcome to Five Figure Fridays! I’ll be your faithful correspondent from the bargain basement of upstate real estate. We’ll cover anything that gets your price of admission down below 100 large: a big wooded lot with an Airstream, a 3-season cabin, an off-grid retreat, or any of a wide array of handyman specials.
To kick off this new column, we have not one but 5 properties – all available for five figures. Depending on your financing, that’s less than $500 a month (plus taxes, insurance, maintenance, travel, etc. etc.).
Details and more pictures of each are after the jump. From highest to lowest:
First up, a rare bird: an affordable, presentable house within the 2-hour “golden circle” of driving time from NYC. Specifically, Google maps claims you’ll make it to this one in 1:53 from Park Slope (ahem). Nice woodwork, a cute front porch, a stainless steel fridge and a remarkably peach-colored whirlpool bath! Just $99k.
Next comes a 2-cottage property, one with 2BR and one with 1BR, plus garage. Backs right up on a pretty steep rise, so it doesn’t look like there’s much yard, but the stone around the patio is awfully cute. At $95k for both, you can share with a friend for only $47,500 each!
The Craigslist ad for this 3BR in Woodbourne called it “Arts & Crafts,” which might be stretching a bit, but this is a cute as a button cottage with some original woodwork and a fireplace. Grey wall-to-wall and a wonderful 70s tulip light fixture in the kitchen (don’t worry about the ceiling tiles falling down – that’ll fix right up). $74k.
Downtown in Pine Hill (the town the Trailways bus line is named after!) is a 3BR/2BA with a barn (workshop/2-car garage). Commercial zoning means an artist/craftsman could swing a live/work situation. The interior has gone crazy with paneling, which as a child of the 70s I appreciate. Just $69k.
Finally, the bargain of the week for those who don’t scare easy. A seasonal Smallwood cabin which, to put it gently, has some needs. It also has 3 bedrooms, a somewhat scenic creek, and an existing well – which could mean it’s winterizable. The realtor assures us that “Seller will consider all offers!” and will offer a $1k bonus if it’s sold by the end of the year – which brings the total to (drumroll) $28,900!
After the jump: links and stats for each, plus a big gallery with a bunch more photos. Happy bargain hunting.
We’ve had several requests for more information about renting or buying in bungalow colonies in Upstate New York after our first post about Lake Huntington Summer Community. Readers, voila: a preliminary list of Catskills bungalow colonies that offer rentals or have properties for sale–affordable second homes or cheap vacation rentals near New York City. If you know of more, please email us!
This is one of the few colonies to successfully transform into a 21st century version of its 50s heyday self (they have a website for folks who want to reminisce about the mid-century colony). Per the website: “100 beautiful wooded acres off Murphy Road in Woodbourne, NY. The approximately 85 summer cottages are situated throughout the grounds. Lansman’s sports a grand in-ground heated pool, four tournament tennis courts, full court basketball and paddleball courts, baseball and sports fields, the premier summer day camp, a casino and restaurant, weekend shows, a card room, full time maintenance staff and much much more.” They have bungalows for rent or sale including a one-bedroom bungalow with deck–$4,500 for a full spring-through-fall rental, or $12,000 to buy.
The Buffalo Colony, also in Woodburne, N.Y. has a swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts and a communal building, and 30 units spread out over 103 acres. Many of these are larger homes, suitable for families or groups of friends, including an early 19th century schoolhouse — which looks very nice to us. They have bungalows for rent and for sale.
The name means “beautiful river,” so-called for the Mamaketing Brook that bisects it. Located in Spring Glen, N.Y., the colony is a co-op of 12 bungalows on eight acres, a common building called the Casino, and a pool. One bungalow is currently for sale, profiled last week on Upstater–the $26,500 bungalow that is one of the most affordable vacation homes in the Catskills that we’ve seen. They don’t officially rent here, or let you sublet, so the way in is buying. Taxes: $2,400/year. No train, but the Short Line bus goes to the Post Office on Old Route 209.
Spring Glen Corners
Spring Glen Corners, also in Spring Glen, N.Y., has 22 bungalows, a children’s play area, pool, landscaped grounds, a garden, rec room, laundry room and communal canoes. They do allow rentals and suggest that’s a good way to get in with the community. Currently a unit for sale for $59,000, with annual taxes and fees of $3,600. Here’s more from the owner: “It’s a double bungalow in Spring Glen Corners with more than twice the usual space of a typical bungalow because we also have two sleeping lofts and a huge yard that no one else uses. We’ve completely modernized the electric system and put on a new roof. We’re selling equipped and furnished (except for the kitchen table and my daugher’s bedroom set) so it’s completely turn-key.” Contact the owner if interested. The NY Times wrote up the colony in 2005.
Rosmarins has 100 cottages, a lake, pool (one for grownups and one for kiddies), tennis courts, playgrounds, a snack shop, a day camp for the kids and a Saturday night lounge act! It’s in Monroe, N.Y., 39 miles from the George Washington Bridge, and, if you tire of colony life, 10 minutes from Woodbury Commons.