Category Archives: $300000 to $499000

Still for Sale: The Kerhonkson Dome, $375,000

Inspired by the New Paltz dome (now on the market), we spent some time last year looking at dome houses for sale in upstate New York. And since we’re concentrating on Kerhonkson this week, we peeked in again on this super-green monolithic dome. 105 Dymond Road hasn’t gone down in price, but, heck, it hasn’t gone down in originality either. Been listed for about six months. Three beds, two baths, 3.2 acres, 3,200 square feet. For the hippie in all of us. Some estimates I saw of sale prices were in the $325,000 range.
105 Dymond Road (Westwood Metes & Bounds) GMAP

Frederick Clarke Withers Home in Newburgh for $395,000

This gorgeous home designed by Frederick Clark Withers has been on the market for a while. Now it is being listed as a short sale and the price has dropped considerably, so it’s worth a spot here on Upstater. Withers is known for his Gothic church designs, and he also worked with Calvert Vaux as a partner. This home has a carriage house, 6 bedrooms, and original character galore. It is a wonderful example of Newburgh architecture at its best that has been preserved. Neighboring homes have equal historic architecture of the same caliber. See below for more photos and information. Read the rest of this entry

Claverack Church, $359,000

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

Claverack Italianate Mansion, $440,000

Is this enough house for you? I had a hard time choosing what to profile this week, since there were so many great properties for sale in Claverack, NY. But this one, of course, stood out. An Italianate mansion called Catherine Bushnell Mansion, on three acres, just a few minutes outside of Hudson. 361 State Route 23B has seven beds, seven baths, 4,800 square feet, built in 1848. Surprisingly, the taxes are less than $10,000, which is far more reasonable than much humbler properties command across the river in Ulster County, or even down the river in Dutchess. Condition, per the MLS, is “very good,” though the listing acknowledges that there’s “refinished wideboard floors, dine-in kitchen, new roof, new septic and ongoing cosmetic and interior design work.” We’re waiting to hear back from the broker about just what that ongoing work is. On top of it all: seven fireplaces. Should help cut down on the heating bill.

Athens Second Empire Victorian, $349,000

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.

The stats:
26 Franklin St., Athens (Gary DiMauro) GMAP
Asking Price: $349,000
Beds: 4+
Baths: 2
Square Feet: 3254
Land: .75 acres
Year Built: 1873
Taxes: $6549
Features: Carriage House

New Paltz Contemporary, $499,000

Normally when I say a house needs updating, I’m talking about structural issues. But in this case, I think the bones on this place are strong. It’s the mid-80s decor that’s gonna need to go. However, some new tile, new carpet and reupholstering will do the trick. What it’s got going for it is the view. I love the sliding glass doors revealing the mountains beyond. Funny built-in fireplace with rounded corners that must have been high design at some point. I think it could still be cool.

Why do they make it so hard to figure out the taxes? As with so many Ulster County homes, I had to search on Property Shark to find an assessment: $14,787. Oh, that’s why. Jeez. Stats on the jump.

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New Paltz Colonial With Pool, $349,000


Is this a colonial? I’m not sure — I always thought eyebrow windows were an ingredient in Greek revival architecture. Regardless, this New Paltz house from 1800 caught my eye. Tastefully renovated, harking back to its early 19th century roots but obviously updated. Route 32 is fairly busy, although it’s far enough out of town that one wouldn’t be affected by the traffic that sometimes clogs downtown New Paltz. One great thing about this place is that it sits far back off that road, which makes it a contender. And it has four fireplaces! A bit cozy at 1,500 square feet but, hey, it has a pool and a chicken coop! Taxes: $8,097.94. That’s Ulster County for you. It was purchased in in 2008 for $310,000 and before that, in 2006, for $325,000. So it went down in value, and is now finally worth more than its 2006 value… or so the seller hopes (last assessed at $310,000, FYI). Stats on the jump.

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Behold, the Octagon House: $459,000 in Catskill

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.

Pine Plains “Mulberry Cottage,” $395,000

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.

7548 Route 82, Pine Plains (H.W. GUERNSEY REALTORS INC.) GMAP
Asking Price: $395,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 2
Square Feet: 2.528
Year Built: 1930
Taxes: $6,854
Features: Pool, security system, fireplace

Upstate Jane: Short Sale Deal on Gorgeous 5b/2b Home in West Shokan with pool

Back in the day (meaning the 40’s) this was the “Fine and Dandy Inn”, now it is a gorgeous home with a killer lot and a pool. Check out the kitchen, the character, the great room with the fireplace, etc. Now listed for 399K with the caretaker cottage and extra land etc., or listed for 325K without (subject to bank approval) it is finally somewhat affordable. I watched this home start out in the 500K range, so I only admired but never toured it. Someone may get a great home for all of your family holiday gatherings…Rent out the guest house to supplement your mortgage, or rent out the house for weddings when you want some extra cash…It has a bar!  Beds:5 Bed Baths:2 Bath House Size:3,733 Sq Ft Lot Size:1.30 Acres

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