We found much to admire about this eyebrow cottage last week–price, look, location. Or at least we thought so. The listing caught the eye of friend of the Upstater blog, who did a little digging of her own about the property and reported back to us that the relatively modest price of the house is due to plans for a private racetrack at a nearby mansion–a project that has raised the ire of local residents and resulted in a lawsuit against the proposed racetrack’s owner.
There’s a group organized against the proposed racetrack, which would grace the land a New Jersey banking heir named Alam Wilzig if he ends up winning in the protracted battle, begun in 2006. And, yes, if a private racetrack suddenly springs up in this tiny country town, the tranquility factor will certainly be affected, even in those properties not directly bordering it.
We didn’t find the project having a huge impact on the listing prices of Taghkanic, N.Y. houses for sale, nor a higher number of homes on the market than in neighboring hamlets like Copake and Gallatin. Still, it adds another layer of worry if you’re thinking of investing here. If the racetrack succeeds, your eyebrow cottage’s value could be worth less than you paid. We have a call into the listing agent and will report back to our readers what he says.
There’s so much to like about this “eyebrow cottage” for sale in Columbia County–and not only that you can tell your friends the party is at the place with the eyebrows. This Taghkanic, N.Y. house was built in 1810, and it has the original moldings, hand hewn beams, and wideboard floors to prove it. (God, how I love painted floorboards.) It’s on a quiet, private country road, with 4.1 surrounding acres and established gardens. The screened porch looks perfect for naps, and you could even throw an extra guests out there, too. There are several outbuildings: a former “privy” that now serves as a potting shed, a workshop with electricity, and a poolhouse with hot and cold outdoor showers.
Best of all, the pool house comes with a pool. With the in-ground pool and the outdoor showers, I think this historic Hudson Valley cottage has a pleasantly beach-y look to it. The main drawback seems to be the size: it’s just two bedrooms. Of course, with the extra acreage, there’s room for expansion. According to the broker Mary Mullane, Taghkanic is still a functioning rural community, beautiful and undeveloped, but with not much beyond a pizza place, a firehouse and a gas station in terms of businesses. It is, however, a short ten-minute drive from Hudson, N.Y. and its convenient Amtrak stop.