Category Archives: Real Estate Porn

Friday Real Estate Porn: Claverack Passive House, $675,000

Haven’t heard of Passivhaus? It’s one of the greatest green building innovations since the igloo. Basically, it’s a house so tightly sealed that it hardly needs to be heated or cooled. It uses an air exchanger to help regulate the temperature, as well as passive solar heating (basically, a giant wall of south-facing glass that lets lots of light and sun and heat in during winter months, and an overhang to block it during the summer).

This passive house, a spec house in Claverack built by Dennis Wedlick Architects, is a beaut. 349 Millbrook Road in Claverack is an electric house with an expected annual utility bill of $400. Nice. It has three beds, two baths, 1,650 square feet and seven acres, all a hop-skip from Hudson. The ceilings are 22-feet high, very open floor plan. I think it’s a tad too modern for me, a little on the sterile side, though I’m sure if you furnish it warmly it’ll be amazing. Certainly, it’s a piece of architecture to be proud of.

It was profiled in the NY Times last summer (as well as in Interior Design this fall) and listed at $595,000. So what happened? Turns out the builder’s costs were much higher than anticipated, so they’ve now listed it at $675,000. Harumph.

349 Millbrook Road, Claverack (Gabel Real Estate) GMAP

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Cabin Porn

 

A reader clued us in to this great site, freecabinporn.com: nothing but cabins, from rustic to high-design, all for your drooling pleasure. You can submit your own. In fact, upstaters should — I don’t see any cabins in upstate New York on there yet!

Hey, if you’ve got any houses to recommend, sites to pass on, or any other tips, send us a note. Thanks.

Pine Plains Country House Perfection, Just Shy of $10 Mill

I’m pretty sure this Pine Plains/Millbrook colonial is the most expensive house we’ve ever written up, out of reach of probably all of our readers. But of all the listings that popped up under Pine Plains, this one looked most like the dream, albeit the super WASP-y, horse farm, upper crust dream. Five beds, three-and-a-half baths, over 300 acres, great views, kitchen to die for. Price tag: $9,995,000. No problem, right? I’ve got it right here under my mattress!

Friday Real Estate Porn: Stone Ridge Bank House, $995,000

There were quite a few contenders for beautiful houses in Stone Ridge that fall into the luxury category. This $600,000 eyebrow colonial at 73 Osterhoudt Lane caught my eye, as did this $850,000 colonial at 451 Scarawan Road in Stone Ridge. One great thing about this area: many, many beautiful homes.

But 46 Whitelands Road in Stone Ridge took the cake. Four beds, three baths, six acres, renovated kitchen, screened-in porch, nice grounds and just so stately. Been on the market for over a year, and I’ve stayed right near there on occasion and it’s a gorgeous part of the Catskills.

Here’s the wrench: taxes are $13,580! A serious downside of this area. You want land, you’re gonna pay for it! Stats on the jump.

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Woodstock Green Luxury, $915,000

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They’re calling this green home in Woodstock, NY  a French farm house. It was built in 2003, so has modern everything (kitchen, yum) including passive solar heating, radiant heat flooring, organic gardens, VOC-free materials. Just outside Woodstock, on a beautiful stretch of road, two acres of land. Stats on the jump.

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The Coolest Upstate New York Housing Swap Ever

True, these folks are looking to swap their extraordinary dome home near New Paltz, NY for Hawaii, France or India (I take it they wouldn’t be interested in my Park Slope fourth-floor walkup), but if you have something particularly great to offer in the city, perhaps they’ll swap with you. It has three beds, two baths and amazing curved furniture to accommodate it. And, get this: it rotates to face (or turn away from) the sun. Turns out the place has been written up a bunch of times, most notably on a site called New York House, which I think our readers would appreciate — lots of great green info there. And here’s a video on the place, too. I envy those who get to spend some time here. Three beds, two baths, almost 2,500 square feet and spectacular outdoor space, replete with outdoor hottub.

Off Eating Turkey!


Happy Thanksgiving from Upstater. We’re up in our country house having dinner — looks just like this place, save for the brick, the lawns, the pool and the glorious space.

We’re really grateful to our readers for making this work.

By the way, this amazing Clermont mansion is for sale for $825,000. Real estate porn a day early.

Friday Real Estate Porn: Old Chatham Colonial, $725,000

It’s like a little bit of Charleston, right here in Old Chatham. This 18th century brick is a very grand place, on six acres, although at least some part of it abuts a major highway — hopefully the land, not the house. Taxes for your eight-bedroom, six-bathroom, 6,000-plus square foot brick mansion are $14,000. Guest quarters at the rear to rent out. Stats on the jump.

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Friday Real Estate Porn: 1793 Saugerties Frame House, $765,000

Oh, this is sweet. Another low-ceiling with beams pad, but 815 Blue Mountain Road looks like it gets lots of light, has wonderful landscaping an that tiny stone cottage. This 1793 frame house–it’s sort of salt box-ish, isn’t it?–has a nice kitchen, pond views, stream frontage (and a swimming hole!!), nice patio, five acres. I could go on, but I’ll let you just drool over the pictures, if old houses are your thing. Here’s a tantalizing bit from the description: “There is also a stunning guest house with full kitchen, living room, 2-car garage and loft storage. The stone smokehouse would make a great studio.” Located west of 87, right near the mountains.

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Friday Real Estate Porn: 18th c. Tavern in Millbrook, $1.1 Mill

How times have changed. Someone last bought this former tavern in Millbrook in ’99 for $251,000. It’s currently assessed at $851,000, a nice penny for the owners, even if quite a bit less than they’re hoping to get for it. I chose this one for its gardens and the little greenhouse attached to the addition on the home, and also the word “hot tub” listed under amenities. My future country house will at the very least have an outdoor shower, and, as long as I’m fantasizing, might have an outdoor hot tub, too.

623 Killearn Road sits on 10 acres, has 4,000 square feet of living space and central air. Stats on the jump.

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