The Upstater: Along the Delaware

Every Friday at 11:00, the Upstater website brings you a selection of properties for rent and sale within three hours north (and a little bit east and/or west) of New York City. This week: properties along the Delaware River.

If your dream home sits along a river, and the Hudson is out of your price range, consider the Delaware. No, it’s not as dramatic a body of water, and was never home to the 19th century 1%. But it’s very peaceful, accessible and affordble — it’s hard to find a Delaware River-front property in upstate New York for more than half a million bucks. Of course, if you’re willing to cross over the river and into Pennsylvania, it’ll be even more affordable.

The town of Narrowsburg has spectacular views of the Delaware, lots of sweet shops, a grocery store and other services. (It was also mentioned over on Upstater as a very gay-friendly berg.) It also has better cell service than Callicoon (a town we also love), and better wifi, in our experience. Here you’ll find this contemporary version of an Arts + Crafts, which logs in at 2,000 square feet, three beds, two baths, and a lovely stone patio from which to watch the lazy river.

We found this to be one of the priciest, but nicest, properties currently for sale along the Delaware. We like the kitchen — not too modern, not too country (to almost quote Donny and Marie).
200 Delaware Drive, Narrowsburg, NY. $399,000. GMAP.
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One potential problem with buying a house on the Delaware is that there are often well-traveled roads running alongside it. That’s the deficit of this otherwise nicely priced farmhouse in Margaretville (another great town, in Delaware County).

Now for the assets: taxes are low, at less than $2,000/year. It’s small-ish, at 1,228 square feet, but has three beds and one bath, and 1.8 acres. Built in 1865. A short skip to town but still very rural. It has a lot of original detail (coal- and wood-burning kitchen stove, anyone?) and some updates (whirlpool tub).
37965 State Highway 28, Margaretville. $179,000. GMAP
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Also in Narrowsburg is this contemporary, which, with not a lot of work, could become a fashionable mod-centric getaway. It has a whopping 10 acres along the riverfront, two beds, one and a half baths, a long deck and lots of water-facing windows. Taxes are about $4,500/year. Two-car garage and two outbuildings, as well, for all your storage needs.

They say it’s the best fishing spot on the Delaware, and by they I mean the brokers trying to sell it. But if angling is your thing… Also, it’s on a dead-end road far from the “highway” around those parts, so it’s extra quiet and secluded.
151 Crawford Rd, Narrowsburg. $339,000. GMAP

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