While it’s far out of my price range, 6 Long Dock Road seems like a really good deal to me. It’s in the lovely little hamlet of Rhinecliff, a few strokes from the Amtrak station and less than a 10-minute drive to downtown Rhinebeck. Yes, yes, the ceilings are low, which is always the case in these very old stone houses of upstate New York, but those beams are quite amazing. This is a place to take your friends and impress the heck out of them. It’s on five acres, very close to the Hudson River, with lovely landscaped grounds, and — score! — a great little one-bed guest cottage (the kitchen in the guest house is far more appealing to me than the teal-slathered kitchen in the main house) and artist’s studio. I imagine that the upkeep of such a place is rather strenuous. You’ll need some version of a caretaker if you’re not going to live here full time, or if you’re going to live here full time but still have some room in your schedule for, you know, work. (We do plan to do a post on caretakers for second homes soon, btw). Taxes, alas, look to be above $13,000. Save some room in the budget for that.
Here’s one incredible thing about this place: central air! In a 300-year-old house! For some reason, that gives me extra faith in the renovation. Please buy it and let me have the guest house! Slideshow below, and stats on the jump.