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East vs West, or Where You Can Find A Countryhouse with a Pool for $300,000

I’d live in a shack if it came with pool. Even if you’re not a swimmer, there’s something about looking outside and seeing a square of chlorinated blue that makes the world feel so expansive, or at least Cheever-esque.

This week, I tried to find something better than a shack with a pool on the side, while keeping the price tag around $300, 000. In very pretty Germantown in Columbia County, we found this 1970s split-level on a rolling property with great mountain views for $310,000. The house isn’t much to speak of—textbook ’70s middle-class suburban—-but the 2.0 acre property is idyllic.

Across the river and farther north, we found a show-stopper of a historic home in Ravena in Albany County for $295,00. I’m not crazy about the mauve exterior and the home is in desperate need of some thoughtful landscaping, but if you’ve always dreamed of owning a rambling nineteenth-century farm house with a Edith Wharton-novel worthy name, the Vanderzee House could be your chance.

This one also comes with a pool as well as nearly 5 acres. You’d be further afield than in Germantown—at least an extra twenty minutes in the car—though Ravena is right off the 21B thruway stop.  Comes with a pool, too—but how much house is too much house?

Stats and pics on the jump.

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For Sale: Main Street, Germantown

There are quite a few properties for sale along Main Street in Germantown, including what looks like a lovely carriage house a few doors down from Otto’s, and a super cool live/work industrial building. They range from $229,900 to $460,000 and are all pretty darn cool (I’ll go into detail of each in forthcoming posts). Despite the name, Main Street is not particularly busy–the stretch of it west of 9G is very quiet– and though these are small city lots, close to the road, some of them abut big stretches of field so don’t feel too urban.

Possibilities abound here: a few nice live/work spaces, an opportunity for several friends to buy places right near each other, or a slow transition for a city person into country life.

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