Category Archives: Waterfront
The house has been in the same family for over thirty years. It’s not “vintage Smallwood”—this one was built in 1972, which helps to explain its slightly bigger dimensions—but there are updates throughout: bamboo floors, new roof, Anderson windows, and a working fireplace. It’s zoned for residential (rather than just seasonal) usage and owners would have access to the Smallwood lake and pool . I think the bedroom count and the handicapped access make this one really feel multi-generational.
Asking Price: $199,000
Square feet: 1234
Land: .500 acres
Distance to NYC: 124 miles; 2 hours, 3 minutes
I’ve been poking around this veteran Sullivan County broker’s site — a good one, in my opinion — and came across his lists of lakefront properties, divided into under $500,000 and over it. For less than $20,000, you can get a lakefront studio with a hot tub and a deck in Liberty (a faded beauty of a town, full of potential but struggling with joblessness and poverty). I’m partial to this completely gutted Victorian in Lake Huntington for $165,000–an enormous rehab job, but it’s already so beautifully haunted-looking. I think it could be had for far less than the asking price.
A happy medium might be this place in Smallwood, next to Bethel, for less than $200,000 and with a lovely stone patio, heated by woodstove, nice gardens. There are many more, from A-frames to ranches, the humble to the ostentatious.
Here’s another listing on Elizaville’s Twin Lakes, this one a heck of a lot more charming than the first, but small. It’s across the county road from the public lake and has rights to the private lake a few blocks away. I’ve been on the half-block-long Betty Road, and I can attest to its adorability, and I do love the way this place has been updated. It only has one bedroom, but I have my eye on that little garage for an extra hangout space. I like the amenities, too: fireplace, back deck, screened-in porch. I figure you’re paying at least $50,000 for the waterfront–is this one-bedroom cottage worth $180,000 to you?
Elizaville, as we’ve pointed out, hasn’t much of a town (a pizza place and a diner, though), but it’s close to Tivoli and Rhinebeck and only about 20 minutes from the Rhinecliff train station. You like?
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How about this one on Sleepy Hollow Lake, between Coxsackie and Athens, just reduced to $129,000? The selling points here are the private lake access and location. The house itself is a modular home, listed in “very good condition,” and the interior isn’t much to look at. The common space is open plan and the house has four bedrooms, which makes it feasible for shares and guests. I quite like the vaguely ’50s enclosed porch. That’s vintage Catskills to me, as if it were dreamed up by a location scout for Dirty Dancing or A Walk on the Moon.
Sleepy Hollow Lake, a 2200 acre man-made lake nestled between the Catskills and the Hudson in the upper reaches of Greene County, has that same old school Upstate vibe: a community-sponsored fireworks display on the ‘4th, bass-fishing camps for kids, yes to motorboats under 50 HP, but no to jet skis. The lake is clean, too—in fact, it’s also a reservoir and provides the drinking water for the community. While this may not be hip or hippie Upstate, I can almost hear the screen door bang when I look at these photos, which is close enough to bliss for me. Stats on the jump. Read the rest of this entry
The list price on this farmhouse near Phoenicia surprised me at first glance. It’s a pretty house, but properties that seem more obviously upmarket go for less in this neck of the woods. When I looked at the listing more closely, the $469,000 made more sense. The property includes a classic red farmhouse (2 upstairs bedrooms, 2 bedrooms in the attic, country kitchen, brick fireplace) plus what the broker describes as a “Soho-style” converted barn. Recently renovated, the barn looks modern and loft-like, with high ceilings, built-ins and lots of light. The barn offers two additional bedrooms, perfect for guests or for using as a rental property. (NB: The barn’s bathroom situation isn’t entirely clear to me.) I think the property’s most winning feature, though, is the great cedar deck leading to the stream down below. The home is in “excellent” condition, with lots of surrounding space.