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Friday Real Estate Porn: The President’s Lodge, $2.85 mill

I’m in it for the guest house, myself, but the view from this 5,871-square-foot Arts and Crafts home in the ritzy Onteora Park is probably worth a million on its own. The house has its own website, which riffs on the history of Tannersville as well. It has nine fireplaces, seven beds, six full baths. That oughta do it. It was built in 1920 and from the photos looks like the right combination of updated and preserved. If this one doesn’t do it for you, there are about 20 other exclusive homes available in beautiful Onteora Park.

604 Route 23C, Tannersville (Village Green Realty) GMAP
Asking Price: $2.85 million
Beds: 7
Baths: 6
Year Built: 1920
Land: 14.5 acres
Features: Pond, Mountain views
Distance to NYC: 123 miles, 2 hours, 35 minutes

Town of the Week: Tannersville

Pretty, pastel-colored Tannersville is one of the better-known villages in relatively little-known Greene County. Part of Hunter Township, Tannersville is just down the road (or more precisely, down route 23A) from Hunter Mountain and Hunter Village. If you’re driving up wooded, winding 23A  to get to Hunter from the city—a nice, scenic way to go—you’ll pass through Tannersville en route. Stop here for lunch, or dinner, or drinks. Because that’s the thing about Hunter village—other than the ski resort itself and its occasional summer concert or festival—there really isn’t much to do, or eat, in Hunter proper.

While not as bustling as Saugerties or Woodstock down the mountain, Tannersville does have more of destination feel than its neighbors.   Read the rest of this entry

Caretakers’ Cottage with Snob Factor Appeal for under $300,000

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

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