Category Archives: Waterfront
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
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?
Saugerties has a lot to offer – easy Thruway access, an Esopus/Hudson riverfront downtown area with sheltered marinas, and a lovely woodsy sprawl of well kept residential outlying areas that manage a nicely hybridized suburban/rural feel. And fifteen or twenty minutes away is the lovely and ski-y Tannersville/Hunter/Windham area, just up the steep and twisty 23A past Kaaterskill Falls or the closed-every-winter, butt-clenchingly hairpin Platte Clove Road (pro tip: do NOT drive down this road in a 1984 camper van with lackadaisical brakes).
That said, in a lot of cases staying under 100 grand in Saugerties requires some imagination and some courage. So with dauntless, fixer-upper spirit, here are five five-figure Saugerties properties. Details and more pictures of each property are after the jump. From highest to lowest:
A true “handyman special,” this waterfront (!) village home has, according to the broker, been in the same family since 1890. Which is amazing and also somehow a little mournful. Fifty feet of frontage on the Esopus, just below the dam, which means constant white noise for extra deep sleeping. Attention kayakers: your backyard water access here is a couple hundred yards from the Hudson River. There are no interior pictures (whuh-oh) so assume you’re buying the location and the water. $89k.
This is a mobile but looks well-kept and turnkey. Pretty front lawn on 2.4 acres. Half the property is across the street and consists mostly of bluestone quarry, which is either depressing or exciting depending on how you feel about stone, I guess. Imagine the patio you could build, with ulra-local materials! $89k.
Adorable and affordable, this little blue cottage has the distinction of being the first property in a long time that made my wife say “yes, I want it.” Of course, she also looked at the picture of the on-property stream and said “oh look, it even has its own puddle!” $65k.
Another fixer for the staunch of spirit, but my sakes could this be striking when it’s done. A 1965 contemporary with interesting bi-level design (the Zillow link has even more, and more interesting, pictures than the listing agent does) but, since this changed hands for $150k just eight years ago, you have to assume there’s something badly wrong here. Still, it has tremendous potential. $65k.
Lastly, the bargain of the bunch – an estate sale that hasn’t been occupied in over a decade (what is it with Saugerties and mournful backstories?). There’s certainly lots to do, but at this price you can probably afford the reno. Best of all, it’s on Band Camp Circle, so you can spend your out-of-town weekends endlessly repeating “This one time? At Band Camp?” (NSFW). $37k.
This isn’t in Saugerties, though it’s just up 23A, but it’s a Craigslist ad and not listed on Realtor or Zillow which means it may disappear any time. It’s an inoffensive, 20ish year old doublewide on an acre of land and it would sorely benefit from some tree plantings to mask its slab-sided doublewideness. The killer here, though, is the proximity to the gorgeous Kaaterskill Falls. To wit:
Amazing. Just reduced from $130k to $79k and described as “must sell.” Go, waterfall-loving bargain hunters, GO!
After the jump: links and stats for each, plus a big gallery with a bunch more photos. Happy bargain hunting.
Here’s the first line of the listing for this Swan Lake contemporary with three beds and three baths: “OWNER SAYS SELL AND WILL ACCEPT ANY REASONABLE OFFER.” Always a nice place to start. I’m feeling a little less gung-ho about Swan Lake since a few have written in to say that the lake itself is not so delicious — more a body of water to look at than to swim in. But if that doesn’t stop you, this is a nice size and a nice price, with a motivated seller. Last purchased in 2002 for $175,000 by a Manhattanite. It’s also for rent, for $1750 a month. If you can get that, you could cover your mortgage several times a year. Stats on the jump.
I got wind of this four-bedroom chalet-ish rental on Swan Lake through the local parents listserv in my neighborhood, and it caught my eye. Hilltop pool! 360-degree views! Mod furnishings that look more Heywood Wakefield than IKEA! It says its on 10 secluded acres, which I did not realize was a possibility on Swan Lake. Hm.
Perhaps most interesting is the rental price. Starts at $350 per night and $2500 per week. A similar property, with five beds and three baths, in need of a designer’s touch, is $165,000. Let’s say you spend $100,000 renovating and adding a pool (is that too modest an estimate, if the property only needs cosmetic changes?) — I still think you could make most of your mortgage and expenses back if you rented it out for one week a month. The house above is a world more appealing than other Swan Lake rentals I’ve looked at, so that’s a lesson, too: if you want to make a little income off your country house, beautify it right.
This place is more than I want to spend, but if your budget is up to a half-mill and you want water, proximity to NYC and to be close to lovely Millerton, I would definitely take a look at this. It says Buckminster Fuller-inspired, and perhaps by that they mean it has a triangular window? Not huge, with 1,900 square feet and two beds plus sleeping loft, but it has over an acre of land. And it’s just NICE. I’d happily curl up on a couch in that living room. What about you guys? It’s gone down $70,000 since it was listed in August. Stats on the jump.
Oh, how I love you Rhinecliff! You’re Rhinebeck’s cool, goth little sister—literally edgier, as you’re right on the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River. (Get it?) Pretty, glossy Rhinebeck is just a couple miles away, so your residents can take easy advantage of her charms, while enjoying your ready access to the Rhinecliff Amtrak stop and gorgeous river views. Plus, you have the best white person Chinese restaurant in New York, with its porch overlooking the river.
As Rhinecliff is a tiny hamlet of relatively tiny Rhinebeck, it doesn’t have a huge selection of real estate stock, so I was thrilled to see this pretty little country house on the market. We often get asked by our readers (and I get asked by my renters), “Do you need a car to access this one?” While the answer is always yes—honestly, basics like grocery shopping and going out to eat are impossible in most Upstate counties without wheels—-this one is within walking distance of the train station. The house is small, on a small-ish lot, but it has a nice established garden and that American Gothic feel so common in Rhinebeck. I’m not crazy about some of the updates, but it is in move-in condition. Stats on the jump. Read the rest of this entry
I don’t quite agree with the realtor’s description of this post and beam Catskill Creek cottage as a “jewel box,” but I do think it has a lot of appealing features. I love hand-hewn beams and stonework, and the pitched ceiling gives this little house (625 sq. feet) an airier feel. The real selling point, though, is the Catskill Creek location. The cabin’s deck overlooks the creek as well as historic Black Bridge, making this one a good fit for kayaking and swimming hole enthusiasts who want to spend more time outside than in.The house is winterized, with both a natural gas furnace and a stone fireplace to keep you toasty when you’re Upstate snow-shoeing.
The cabin is on the outskirts of Catskill village, so you’d have convenience—and neighbors, though this one does feel private. Interesting back story, too: according to property records, this house was bought in 2002 for $1000. I wonder what it looked like then.
Stats and map on the jump. Read the rest of this entry
A lot of Upstate weekend visitors overlook Kingston, the Ulster County seat and one time capital of New York State. Granted, many parts of Kingston don’t have that immediate postcard-worthy charm of smaller Upstate towns, especially if you’re coming to Kingston to do your shopping at one of the big box retailers or the mall.
The suburban sprawl you find once you leave Kingston’s lovely downtown area (more on that in a second) probably isn’t going to win any converts, but if you do end up moving Upstate, and you’re not planning on becoming a homesteader, you may find you want to be within a close driver of the bog boxes as you’ll eventually end up in need of them from time to time. (On a related note, I don’t think I could overpraise Kingston’s superb local supermarket, Adams Fairacre Farms on the 9W strip. Stocked full of local produce and products at very competitive prices, it also has suburban-sized wide aisles, a great garden center and amazing selection. For Adams alone, Kingston is worth a second look.) Read the rest of this entry
Cher’s post yesterday about the Newburgh Tuscan wonder inspired me to go upmarket today. Newburgh’s housing stock offers a ton of Victorian mansions and quasi-mansions, so you have your pick of the litter if you want to live like you’re in Clue.
This 1850 Newburgh Gothic Revival has lots of selling points, first and foremost the panoramic river views and that spacious double lot, something of a rarity for urban Upstate river town properties. There’s off-street parking (though no garage), a wood stove in the kitchen, and tons of lovingly restored detail. This house has pedigree, too. It was (likely) built by the famed Calvert Vaux. Vaux is best-known for collaborating with Frederick Law Olmsted on Central Park, but his work can be found allover the Hudson Valley.
The house has been on the market for about nine months, and the seller cut the price by $6,000 back in June. More pics and stats on the jump. Read the rest of this entry