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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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Chatham Village Two-Family Foursquare, $159,000

Hello, bargain! This is a two-family, though I’m sure you could use it as one. Together it has four beds and two baths and 2100 square feet. Nice hardwood floors, at least one nice-looking kitchen. I’m not crazy about that electric baseboard heat, but that’s not a deal-breaker. Lovely porch, half and acre of land. Tiny little mortgage. Stats on the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Chatham Village Victorian, $299,000

Ignore, for a moment, the vinyl siding slathered on this stately home and drink in its proportions and potential. The kitchen at 145 Hudson Ave in Chatham looks lovely, and I think they’ve even gotten away with that salmon-colored dining room, don’t you? The paint job might be a tad much for my taste, but I think they’ve made it work. On a nice street in the village of Chatham, with slightly higher taxes than some of the others I’ve been looking at, in the $5,000 range. Purports to be in excellent condition. Has a heated carriage barn and a nice jungle gym for the kiddos. Stats on the jump.

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Chatham Farmhouse, $285,000

Although this Chatham, N.Y. farmhouse for sale is on a busier road than I’d prefer, it has a lot going for it. It’s really the perfect distance from town — 1.5 miles — so you can really feel like you’re in the countryside but get thee to the toy store in a jiffy, should you need that. Beautiful grounds, just the right amount of acreage for my taste, at five acres. Cute little outbuilding. My complaint, as always, is the lack of kitchen photos. The place is in “move-in condition,” which is not the same thing as mint. So let’s just see what it is we’re getting into so we know how much we’ll need to invest to make it the kitchen of our dreams, right? As with other properties we’ve looked at around here, reasonable taxes, at $2,700. Stats on the jump.

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Chatham Village Italianate, $299,000

Mmm. So pretty, right? I’m willing to forgive the supbar photography and the lack of kitchen photos just because 46 Kinderhook Street in Chatham looks so darling. It’s right in town, so a small lot, but if you’re looking for something close to the village, I’d check this place out. Formerly a two-family, now operating as one, it has two kitchens (one renovated, it says, yet still no pics), four beds and three baths. Plenty of room for visiting family. Taxes are extremely reasonable, at $1,206 a year. Stats on the jump.
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Town of the Week: Chatham, N.Y.

I love Chatham. My only beef with it is distance — three hours from my zip code, per Google maps — and not much in the way of public transit. Probably easiest to take the train to Albany and head down from there.

Cons aside, Chatham is beautiful. Less gentrified and snooty than Great Barrington, but, as this NY Times article says, “more polished than the rural outposts of the Catskills.” It has a real downtown, a movie theater (of course), a couple of yummy restaurants including Blue Plate, a terrific general store across the way in Old Chatham. Cultural offerings include summer stock theater and a Shaker museum. The countryside around these parts is gorgeous, and property here in northern Columbia County is significantly cheaper than parts more southerly and westerly. If you wanted to live in town, you’d be golden — lots of gorgeous old homes for under $300,000. Check ’em out this week!

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