Category Archives: Dutchess County
I might as well come clean (so to speak) and admit that I chose this adorable 3-bedroom rental because of one of the two bathrooms. There, I said it. As soon as I saw the photo of the gigantic walk-in shower with all the bells and whistles, not to mention the big bathtub with jets, harps began to play the dream music, and I imagined myself spending hours in that shower, asking, “What does this button do?” But hark! Is that a cute, red spiral staircase? Swoon! I find it slightly suspicious, however, that the listing contained no pictures of the kitchen. Considering how bright, fun and modern this place is, though, I’m willing to look past it and just assume that the kitchen is as cool as the rest of this house.
This is a lot of rental for $2,000 a month (plus the listing says it has 600 sf studio over the two-car garage), and while it’s fairly secluded, this 1,432-square foot A-frame still sits conveniently close to the Taconic Parkway. And how many BBQs would you throw if you had a patio like that? If you answered, “As many as humanly possible,” then you win! It also sits pretty near the center of Hopewell Junction, which is a nifty little hamlet situated in East Fishkill. There’s plenty to do around there, like hiking, winery tours, shops, just in case your fancy spa bathroom gets a little boring for you.
Last week we referred to one couple’s harrowing tale of relocating from Brooklyn to the great beyond of upstate New York. Well, this week I happened upon a very different tale — a Brooklyn transplant (Real Dutchess Mom) who fled the city when she got knocked up, and is loving life in her new country spot, especially the food. Her description of upstate motherhood sounds pretty good (minus the home birth, maybe): “We birth at home, we breastfeed in public, we garden, we have farms, we trudge through the mud, and may get dressed up for dinner on the town, but aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty. The dirt’s clean up here.”
Maybe she wants to tour us through her house?
I’m pretty sure this Pine Plains/Millbrook colonial is the most expensive house we’ve ever written up, out of reach of probably all of our readers. But of all the listings that popped up under Pine Plains, this one looked most like the dream, albeit the super WASP-y, horse farm, upper crust dream. Five beds, three-and-a-half baths, over 300 acres, great views, kitchen to die for. Price tag: $9,995,000. No problem, right? I’ve got it right here under my mattress!
Route 82 is a main drag out of town, but the times I’ve been down it, it hasn’t been that busy. So if you’re looking for a spot within the village of Pine Plains, and some rental income, this Pine Plains Greek revival is worth a look. You’ll have to look hard, though — a scarcity of photos are available for your perusal. The place is currently used as a three-family, but convertible back to one, and it comes with a membership to the town beach! Stats on the jump.
Unsolicited real estate tip: take your exterior photos at twilight with the lights on. Doesn’t that make this Gallatin farmhouse look so inviting? And take the interior photos when sunlight is streaming in, as they’ve done here. You can tell this is one of those places that’s been added on to bit by bit since it was built in 1840. At this point, it has four beds, one-and-a-half baths, more than 2,700 square feet, nice views. And over two-and-a-half acres. Feels like a good deal, though I wonder if it feels rambling inside, the way many of these places that started off tiny and grew gradually often do. Has a couple of outbuildings, always a plus in my book. Perhaps guests could stay in the electrified garden shed? Stats on the jump.
Does it help to name a house? Some would think so, and certainly calling this Pine Plains farmhouse Mulberry Cottage adds to its charm and distracts a bit from its address, right smack on Route 82 (admittedly a smaller road than nearby 22, so not by any means a deal breaker). The description really undersells it (or else they’re preparing you for disappointment). They call it a “small place in the country with potential for expansion and in good condition,” but it has four bedrooms, over 2,500 square feet and a pool. Taxes are a little more than $500/month. It’s about a three-minute drive or 20-minute walk to town, close to Stissing Pond. Personally, I’d paint over that wood paneling, but some might find that charming, as well. Stats on the jump.
Someone recently lodged a complaint that we don’t cover real estate east of the Taconic. We object! In fact, we took a long drive down Route 22 the other day, all the way from the Berkshires until we hit the Hutch, and we can tell you there are lots of interesting outposts on the way. Let’s start with Pine Plains, because, as it happens, there’s an actual town there, with a main street that we wouldn’t exactly categorize as bustling, but you can certainly get your groceries there and some other amenities, too. Definite curb appeal, non-snobby, very sweet, and a good lamp store, too.
So, transportation: 30 minutes or less from the Wassaic Metro-North station, and about the same from the Amtrak station at Rhinecliff. I consider that a nice bonus. Pine Plains’ population is somewhere around 2,500. According to a 2003 article from the NY Times, Pine Plains is horse country, but also has a nice lake, the only stoplight for miles, and the lovely views from Stissing Mountain. The town isn’t in the mountains, but I could spy nice mountain views from certain spots. I didn’t visit it myself, but apparently Pine Plains also has one really fine locavore restaurant, Agritourismo.
There are five hamlets within the town of Pine Plains, and we’ll take a look at those as well. The real estate snapshot as of this writing is pretty interesting: there are 18 houses on the market between $100K and $200K, and 17 over $800K — must be some horse farms in the mix, which we’ll save for Friday real estate porn.
We thought this Groupon deal was worth mentioning, since the Rhinecliff has great views, beautiful rooms and an extremely convenient location, steps to Amtrak (which doesn’t bother guests nearly as much as you’d think). Good for getting away and house hunting!
I’ve driven by this Italianate mansion in Tivoli, N.Y. for years but never knew that it was available to rent. Oh, my my. Turns out a friend of mine has snagged it for the holidays, so none of us gets to spend New Year’s there, folks. But good to know that we can take turns renting it out the rest of the time. It’s called Ham House, and it’s amazing. Somehow both updated and frozen in time, on the Hudson, river views, walking paths, a fifty-foot pool!
All this glory doesn’t come cheap: $4500 in high season. But it easily sleeps 10, making it fairly reasonable for a week in the country. A very short walk into town from there. I’m going to gather some peeps and try to get it for a week this summer. Who’s in?
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By the way, this amazing Clermont mansion is for sale for $825,000. Real estate porn a day early.