I love the look of this place, and a complete sucker for carriage houses (my hometown, Saratoga Springs, was full of run-down mansions and carefully tended carriage houses when I was little). There are some obvious downsides, like it’s right on the main road, has a lot size of .229 acres and nothing-to-sneeze-at taxes of $6,050 a year. (Am I being unrealistic about this? $500/month seems like a lot to me for no acreage.) Good stuff: three-car garage, 2,112 square feet, cool-looking place, though carpeting is mentioned in the description–a no-no for me, but easy enough to take out if wood floors are promised beneath. I drove by this weekend and was impressed with the beautiful fields fanning out behind it. No, those fields wouldn’t belong to you, but it doesn’t feel like a cramped village house because of them. Readers? Thoughts? Stats on the jump. Read the rest of this entry
This week, we’ll put a spotlight on properties for sale in Germantown, a tiny hamlet just on theborder of Dutchess and Columbia Counties and along the Hudson River. A few years ago, I rented a double-wide trailer there with friends for the summer. At the time Germantown’s main selling point for me was its proximity to Tivoli (where my brother lives) and the beautiful estate of Clermont. For a buyer, those attributes remain, but so does the fact that this is the southwestern-most spot in Columbia County, which has lower property taxes than some spots in Dutchess County, just a nod to the south. It’s about 20 minutes south of the Hudson train station, and has beautiful river views if you can get your hands on the right property.
It has another big plus: the amazing Otto’s Market, which is like a small town Dean & Deluca, somehow made unpretentious. There is still little else in the “downtown,” although there’s an Indian restaurant (haven’t tried it), a Stewart’s Ice Cream (tried it all too often) and a diner along 9G, just off Main Street. There’s also a push to get local folks to shop locally, a kind of BID called 12526.biz… although I’ve always heard that the largest employer here was the rodent-breeding facility known around town as the Rat Lab.
If you’ve bought or rented or hung out in Germantown lately, send us a note or leave a comment below or in forthcoming posts, and tell us what you think.