I first spotted this little ranch while visiting my favorite swimming hole, Mosquito Point. (The name doesn’t do it justice, I swear.) The house itself is on a winding road leading up from Schoharie Creek. Said swimming hole is also found in the creek, at the deep spot under the Mosquito Point Bridge. Swimming hole highlights include swinging from a rope swing into the nippy waters and jumping from the bridge, while being taped by family members for YouTube.(I don’t know anyone in that video and I’m not responsible for the camera work, just for the record.) Or you can just paddle around, as I do, knowing it’s cool and fresh and clean and deep.
In any case, you may have heard of Schoharie Creek thanks to Irene. The banks around Mosquito Point were quite torn up and a lot of work was being done on the road. That didn’t stop us from swimming, though, or from house-hunting. (Unseemly, perhaps, but hopefully the owners of this house will appreciate this post-Irene spotlight.)
Anyway, this vintage-y ranch appeared undamaged by the floods and the lovely road leading to it is still accessible. Read the rest of this entry
I like Durham, a town of under 6,000 in Greene County, NY. I found plenty of lovely properties there when I was house hunting, most offering a lot of house for very little money. The area is pristine: ample views of the rolling green Catskills, woods and farms and winding roads and lots and lots of spacious green-shuttered farmhouses.
I ended up buying elsewhere as Durham exceeded my “sleepy” limits. This trim Brick colonial offered by Market Wise realty is in “town,” but town, while very pretty, isn’t much to speak of. That could be a good thing: even downtown Durham has a decidedly rural feel, and the back deck of this townhouse—occupied in the eighteenth century by a Congressman and lawyer named John Adams—offers mountain views. The interior feels appropriately class act: a tasteful renovation of a home that had solid bones in the first place. Wide plank floors, exposed beam ceilings, in “very good” condition, this one looks turn key. As for the location, Windham is a twenty minute drive away, so this could work as a winter rental. My wonderful and trustworthy realtor insists that Cornwallville, NY, a hamlet just to the south of Durham, is an up-and-comer. And perhaps it’s the small town lawyer history, but something about this house just says Atticus Finch to me. What’s not to like?
Asking Price: $129,000
Square feet: 1972
Baths: 2 3/4
Land: .45 acres
Distance to NYC: 139 miles; 2 hours, 48 minutes