Category Archives: $100000 to $199000
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
A bounty of affordable country houses in these parts! I happen to like the look a little more on the outside than on the inside, but ripping out that blue carpet in the TV room will go a long way. 46 Dymond Road in Kerhonkson was built in 1960, but you can see some upgrades since then, particularly the subway tile in the bathroom. Looks like it could use a bit of modernizing (change the cabinets in the bathroom, perhaps the kitchen, too), but with a price like that, you could probably afford to upgrade. This one, too, has a condition of “good,” so if you go see it, bring a skeptical eye and a really good engineer.
Ah, for the price of a parking spot, you can get a lovingly painted farm house on an acre of land in Kerhonkson. This one caught my eye because of the exterior paint job, though I’d wash over much of the interior colors with hues that don’t evoke a package of Smarties. Yes, the interior needs some love.
There’s only one bathroom at 145 Samsonville Road, which explains some of the price (of course, I really like that bathroom). So does the fact that the MLS lists the condition as “good.” That said, I love those kitchen cabinets and their deco-ish door pulls (are those original, you think? Or from the ’40s?). Nice views, although you’re perched right on the road, sitting on your porch to look at them. Nice expanse of backyard and adorable outbuilding. A good starter upstate home, you think?
145 Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson (Exit Welch Realty) GMAP
Asking Price: $129,000
Year Built: 1926
Square Feet: 1,496
Land: .98 acres
Features: mountain views, outbuilding
I have been watching this property for a while now…(over a year) and the price keeps going down, it is now at 119K!~
I have peeked around and there are clearly reasons for the price tag. It is a true fixer upper. It appears to have possible foundation problem mainly. Also the siding would have to be replaced, along with I am sure potential mold problems. It does however have an amazing fireplace, vaulted ceilings, a dining room, grand staircase, and is on a great convenient piece of property with an outbuilding that could easily be converted to an income unit with the addition of a bathroom. (It has a kitchen already) So if you are really looking for a “fixer upper”, and one with potential for income- this may be it. For full listing click here
Beds:2 Bed Baths:1 Bath House Size:1,326 Sq Ft Lot Size:0.68 Acres
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.
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.
This Palenville property is the kind of listing that always catches my eye. A graceful white farmhouse, ideally built before women had the vote, is basically my platonic ideal of an Upstate property. I sometimes feel like Victorian vernacular builders knew how to market to me even better than those geniuses behind the Anthropogie catalog.
While I think this one has such nice curb appeal, I wish the listing included more interior photos. The outdoor space isn’t large but it has some good selling points, too. It’s on a relatively quiet street, across the road from Kaaterskill Creek. The realtor points out that the yard is big and flat enough for a pool. The location is village-seeping-into-country: not totally private, but plenty of trees as well as that creek. Note that Palenville really doesn’t have much of a town center, so Catskill would be the closest town. You’d be close, too, to Kaaterskill Falls and some good hiking, though a good thirty minute drive from skiing farther up the mountain so it would be harder to make this one into a ski or winter rental.
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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.
Located in Highland Mills at the end of a cul-de-sac, with easy access to 87 and also near scenic Route 9, this little ranch has all the makings of a sweet weekend escape, featuring a huge kitchen for major cooking, an open layout, wraparound deck, and soaring ceilings. It is turn-key, but with a few more high-end finishes, it could be amazing! For 194K your mortgage payment would be approximately $750 a month.
Beds:1 Bed Baths:1 Bath House Size:937 Sq Ft Lot Size:0.59 Acres For full listing click here
I can see some grilling on that deck and soaking in a hot tub. I can see that wood stove crackling and an amazing meal being prepared while sipping wine in the great room. At 975 square feet, it isn’t large, but it is quite spacious for a 1 bedroom, and big enough to have a nice sectional for guests to sleep on. Plus there is a walkout basement! The best thing is…this close to Manhattan, your guests don’t have to spend the night anyhow! A little over an hour is like me visiting my friends in Brooklyn or vice versa.
For over a hundred years…Long before the famous concert borrowed the town’s name, Woodstock has been home to artists, craftsman, musicians, activists and eccentrics looking to flee the city and live their lives simply and honestly surrounded by other bohemian’s that would celebrate and embrace community living, and passions that main stream society wasn’t ready to accept or fully respect. When the American Dream was still about finding your own way and doing it yourself, many of these people did not “buy” homes when they fled the city, but instead built them by hand with local materials found on the land, and down the creek in the area. With the help of the community and perseverance (plus a lack of clear town building codes and permits I am assuming) they created some of the most ingenious and interesting homes around. Four generations later, some of these homes still exist today and are even available on the market. You can view these homes in the 1974 published book aptly titled “Woodstock Handmade Houses” by Robert Haney and David Ballantine, available on Amazon.com. I was lucky enough to find this book thrown for the trash on a W. 70th Street curb in Manhattan on our way back from…yes, Woodstock.
The Maverick Concert Hall above
Hervey White was the Harvard educated “grandaddy” of the local handmade house phenomena, leader of the Maverick Festival and original management team of the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, also in Woodstock. An idealist to an extreme, Hervey helped build hundreds of handmade homes with and for people, as if scattering seeds across Woodstock’s landscape during the initial years of the Festival in the 1900’s and beyond.
Below are two “handmade homes” available to purchase currently in Woodstock. There are more though, if you look hard enough.
For 275K, this 1954 handmade home has a warm, rustic and open layout that seems ideal for a couple or single person’s weekend retreat. Full of quirky and efficient details, this is the quintessential handmade house. Featured in the 1974 book, this home is ready for a new loving owner. Click here for the listing. Also available to rent for $150.00 a night.
Beds:1 Bed Baths:2 Bath House Size:1,480 Sq Ft Lot Size:2.93 Acres
Potentially one of the first Maverick Homes, this stone cottage for 139K, is across the road from the Maverick Concert Hall, and was built in 1910. Along with its neighboring Maverick Festival homes, it is once again a quintessential antique handmade home. I can picture Hervey White placing the stones and mortar of this house alongside his fellow festival attendees. (The likes of Isamu Noguchi and Russell Wright)
Set into the hillside, this adorable 2 bedroom/1 bathroom home is in a convenient location and would be easy to maintain. Click here for the full listing.
Beds:2 Bed Baths:1 Bath House Size:875 Sq Ft Lot Size:0.68 Acres