I don’t quite agree with the realtor’s description of this post and beam Catskill Creek cottage as a “jewel box,” but I do think it has a lot of appealing features. I love hand-hewn beams and stonework, and the pitched ceiling gives this little house (625 sq. feet) an airier feel. The real selling point, though, is the Catskill Creek location. The cabin’s deck overlooks the creek as well as historic Black Bridge, making this one a good fit for kayaking and swimming hole enthusiasts who want to spend more time outside than in.The house is winterized, with both a natural gas furnace and a stone fireplace to keep you toasty when you’re Upstate snow-shoeing.
The cabin is on the outskirts of Catskill village, so you’d have convenience—and neighbors, though this one does feel private. Interesting back story, too: according to property records, this house was bought in 2002 for $1000. I wonder what it looked like then.
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This salt-boxy yellow farmhouse on Colgate Road is really nicely situated. It’s about a ten minute walk or so from Colgate Lake and even though it’s on a small plot of land and close to the road, the property has a fairly private feel. No neighbors to one side, thanks to a bridge and a creek, and a hill toward the back. It’s just sort of nestled there, looking all sunshine-y and asbestos-sided, with a treehouse in the yard and behind that, a gurgling stream.
The inside is similarly cheery, not too country kitsch but not antiseptic either. The Jewett location is close enough to Hunter and Windham to have ski rental potential, though you won’t get central Windham or Hunter prices. Note that Colgate Lake is lovely, but nothing fancy. There isn’t a “beach” per se, or life guards if you worry about that, and it’s lake-y enough that you’d probably want to invest in water shoes if this becomes your spot (think mud, seaweed, etc), but it is real country and free to boot.
Colgate Road was hit by Hurricane Irene, and the road is a little torn-up, but compared to damage in other parts of Greene County, it’s pretty minor and should probably look good-as-new by spring, if not by ski season. This house has only been on the market for about a month, and we’re still waiting to see how Irene will affect fall real estate traffic. Note, too, that this one is being offered by Gene Gordon realty, but it isn’t listed on their website.
Distance from NYC: 124 miles, 2hrs 36 minutes
Square Feet: 1,500
Land: .93 acres
Thruway Exit: 20 at Saugerties
My real estate fantasies generally don’t involve gated communities, but the Onteora Club is a worthy exception. I have to drive through gorgeous, wooded, Gilded-Age mansion-speckled Onteora Park en route to my own little house. I’d use the cliche and say exclusive Onteora seems a world away, but it doesn’t, quite. Even the humbler towns in Greene County have lush mountain views, winding roads, black bear sightings and Lyme disease. Onteora Park, though, is home to some of the most beautiful homes in the Catskills, and residence also offers you the opportunity to join the private club, which sounds like a cross between a Cheever short story and Dirty Dancing: private lake, heated pool, tennis and golf, and an “enchanting Tudor-style library.” Nearby is the wonderful Mountain Top Arboretum, a beautifully maintained 23-acre foliage sanctuary that’s free and open to the public.
All of the above is a long way of explaining why I was so excited when I saw this listing with Gordon Realty. Most of the “cottages” (ahem) in Onteora are well out of the second home price range of most folks I know. This cottage is actually a cottage, and it’s lovely. Built at the turn of the century and recently updated, it offers great outdoor space as well as beautiful details inside. I’d happily care take this one. Check out the interior photo on the jump. Read the rest of this entry