Category Archives: Village
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
Looking for waterfront? Affordable? Adorable? A short walk to a delicious restaurant, library, bookshop? Short drive to train station or to the Taconic? Sorry — I don’t mean to sound like a marketer, but I’m pretty keen on this Summit Lake cottage at 3 Lake Drive in Philmont for a country house. Beautiful water views, fireplace, woodstove, open floor plan. I love the kitchen. Okay, it has only two bedrooms and 1,700 square feet, which limits who’ll want it (someone who craves solitude, has only one kid or doesn’t want to bring lots of friends up with them for the weekend). I would try to outfit that garage as a guest house/studio, if the town will allow it — a big if, I know. It’s on half an acre, not bad for a village lot, but certainly not an estate. You will have neighbors. Built in 1930, with taxes under $6,000.
3 Lake Drive, Claverack (Peggy Lampman) GMAP
Update: Got an email from the listing agent this morning, with more info about the property–a fixer upper, yes indeed. Here’s what she has to say:
“The building is not habitable in its present state. The current owners have done extensive work on the systems and to the main area of the building, i.e. sheetrocking and removing carpet and linoleum to expose the original hardwood floors, making it into a wonderful, expansive light-filled space. There are floor plans showing the space as a residence, plumbed for a kitchen and 1 bathroom in the former Sacristy and for another bath in the front of the building. The idea was to have the bedroom in the choir loft, so the front bath would be for the bedroom.”
We’ve learned that old schoolhouses pique our readers’ interest, and I’m betting churches get y’all excited, too. This one, at 139 Main Street in the sweet hamlet of Philmont, has loads of potential for the handyperson looking to craft something from scratch. Well, scratch-ish. It’s plumbed and wired and ready for you to make it residential, so doesn’t need a complete gut renovation. But right now it’s essentially one 3,000-square-foot open space, waiting for walls and a kitchen. The condition, per the MLS, is “unfinished.” So you have to use a hot plate for a year, so what? A very short walk to the High Falls Conservation Area and Galapagos Bookstore. The church was built in 1909, and taxes are $6,352 a year.
139 Main Street, Claverack (Gary DiMauro) GMAP
The original house — the good stuff — is from 1860. A century later, it seems, some updates were made, and there are a few choices that I think need reversing: the cabinets in the kitchen, those closet doors in the bedroom, that brick facing behind the woodstove. But none of that would deter me if a saltbox in a rural setting (a rural setting close to the train, that is) is what I was after. Although it seems to be surrounded by farmland, 6 Courts Lane sits on only half an acre. It has three beds, three baths and 2,260 square feet. I love the original beams and the vaulted ceiling. I fear it might not be country enough for some upstate house hunters, but if you’re looking to walk into “town,” this’ll work for you. Taxes: around $4,000.
It’s always fun to stumble across a listing that you’ve seen in real life. Even more delightful is finding one that you’ve ogled repeatedly in the real world, and discovering that it costs less than a hundred grand. So imagine my delight at running across the listing for this property, which I eyeball every time I drive up Route 23A in Palenville.
Less than ten minutes from Exit 20 on the Thruway, this compound sits right at the base of the steep pass that leads up past Kaaterskill Falls to Tannersville and Hunter. There’s a main log cabin house/lodge, a recreational building, and six (!) cabins with en suite bathrooms on 1.5 acres.
The condition is handled with a terse “It needs work.” Fair enough. With that out of the way, it’s a terrifically retro-charming place. It looks like somewhere my grandparents would have stayed on their 1949 drive across the country (in their Oldsmobile sedan with three kids and two dachshunds).
Brick red siding and all-pine-all-the-time interiors? A gigantic river stone fireplace? Sign me up.
Best of all, with all those buildings it feels eminently shareable. So I started back-of-the-napkin brainstorming: six like-minded folks or families kick in enough to buy the place and fix the big issues in the lodge/rec building. Everybody gets their own cabin, to fix up as they please. Weeks in the main lodge are split up timeshare-style – everybody would get eight weeks a year.
Load up the rec building with foosball, pool, skee-ball, etc. and turn the kids loose. Did I mention there’s a stone fire pit in front of each cabin, and a koi pond? The pitch writes itself!
Of course, on sober reflection, an acre and a half is close quarters for six families, especially when the tiny camping cabins probably don’t have, um, kitchens. And it’s right next to a busy trunk road – like, RIGHT next to. And who knows what shape the main systems are in.
Still, it’s a fascinating property. Anybody been dreaming of running a rental cottage business?
After the jump: property stats, plus a bunch more photos. Enjoy!
This downtown Athens home might not appeal to New Yorkers looking for weekend homes, but if you’re considering a weekend move and want to try out the village, well, this does seem pretty cool. It’s furnished — and tastefully so, I think — and has a great kitchen and cool-looking deck. Two blocks from the water and from the Stewart House, the heartbeat of downtown Athens. Four beds and two-and-a-half baths. You have to pay a realtor fee, but nothing like what you cough up in Brooklyn. I wonder what the story is — perhaps someone intended to move in and then got called away? Sabattical? Fellowship? Downsizing?
Imagine how much this Athens row house would cost in the city! Well, in Athens, a three-story, four-bed, two-family brownstone of sorts, on one of the main commercial drags (albeit a quiet one) will run you less than two-hundred-grand. It has some updates (tin ceilings, exposed brick, new bath fixtures) and some original details. It’s narrow, but could make a very cool live-work situation for the right buyer. Taxes are estimated at around $2,500, which is very reasonable.
Ah, it’s a beautiful house. If your dream is to own such a work of art and you’re of modest means, Athens is the place for you. This Athens second empire is in town, but has three quarters of an acre so not too claustrophobic. The cool part about being in town is that you’re so close to the river — go ahead and row over to Hudson for your entertainment. The less cool part is that Franklin is a relatively main drag, though this is a bit out of the way so won’t feel like you’re in the thick of it. I love the outbuilding in the back — a great writing studio. The listing says it’s waiting for a final layer of polish after 30 years of restoration by the owner, which translates, per the broker, into this: “needs new mechanicals: furnace, electrical, HVAC, plaster repair, carriage house repair.” So, a fixer-upper ish.
Warning: conflict of interest, instance of nepotism. This is my pal’s place, and since she so kindly gave us her insights into life in New Paltz, we decided to show it to you. Liz says the house, built in 1999, is amazing, wonderful, a revelation, close to town…and just too big for her family of three. So they’re looking to downsize.
If you, however, are looking to upsize, here’s what you’ll get: “4 bedrooms, 5 baths, finished recreation room, a second sunroom with soaring, sky lit ceiling, and a gourmet kitchen with granite counters joining the spacious breakfast area.” Space, indeed, with over 4,000 square feet. And nice views. Close to town. Taxes: over $16,000, which is a common problem with real estate around these parts.
Um, is this the coolest place we’ve ever featured on Upstater? I’m pretty sure it is (and my thanks to Peter Aaron for pointing it out!). You hardly need me to explain its coolness to you, although I will point out that even though it’s on two “park-like acres” it’s between two pretty busy roads, and on the other side of the creek from the increasingly charming part of Catskill. Still, where else but Catskill can you pick up a renovated architectural, octagonal masterpiece from 1860, one that has a media room, for $459,000? Taxes are reasonable-ish, at $6,282. It has four beds, 1.75 baths, 3,700 square feet, and a spiral staircase that leads to what they call the sky lantern. Absolute and total heaven, if you’ll pardon my effusiveness.