The Upstater: Town and Country Victorians

Fridays at 11am Upstater, a blog about upstate New York, writes a post for Brownstoner highlighting selections from Brownstoner Upstate real estate listings.

This week: Town and Country Victorians

44127 State Highway 28, Margaretville: $369,000

One of the things we love about living upstate is the fact that we can walk down almost any street in any town or village and run smack into a gorgeous, stately Victorian, and depending on where you’re looking, you can often get quite a bargain. We found a few while perusing the Brownstoner listings. The following three intrigued us:

Margaretville is a bit far away, and this Victorian is located slightly out of town (just a stone’s throw), but look at it! It was once a B&B, and it could be again, since it’s 4,500 square feet and 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. It’s on a 4.2 acre lot and while it’s right on Margaretville’s main drag, at least it’s a pretty main drag. Includes two out-buildings. Distance from Brooklyn: 2 hours, 45 minutes.


44127 State Highway 28, Margaretville (Prudential Fox Properties) GMAP



Croton Falls is a tad closer than Delaware County. In fact, some may argue it’s hardly upstate. But it’s far enough upstate for us, and we like this circa-1890 Victorian that’s just across the street from the Metro North station. Car-free? Perhaps. The listings says it’s a multi-family. Price: $399,900. Taxes: $12,533. Distance from Brooklyn: 1 hour, 18 minutes.


624 Route 22, Croton Falls (Houlihan Lawrence) GMAP


The city of Kingston in Ulster County is a great place to scout inexpensive Victorians. As with any town or city, some neighborhoods are better than others, so it’s worth it to check out the scene before committing. This Victorian is located in the mid-town area, and we dig the woodworking and the front porch. The lot is itty-bitty. Square Feet: 1,352. Two bedrooms and one bath. Price: $139,900. Taxes: $4,193. Distance from Brooklyn: 2 hours, 4 minutes.


99 Foxhall Avenue, Kingston (Dan Bozsik) GMAP

2 Comment

  • I’m wondering if Kingston would be enough country for us. I admit, I don’t really want country. I want walkable stores, transit and a backyard. Insights are appreciated.

  • Heather, “Uptown” Kingston (aka the Stockade district) is the neighborhood for you if you want to be able to walk anywhere. Even there, there are not that many places to walk, but there is a nice farmer’s market in the summer months and some bars and restaurants and a few stores. Houses would not be as cheap as the one shown but you could get something nice for between $175,000 and $300,000. In Kingston $300,000 buys a lot of house, but beware of the gorgeous mansions — they are expensive to heat and pay taxes on. The house shown is on Foxhall Avenue, which is traffic thoroughfare and not beautiful. I can’t imagine anyone wanting a weekend home there. The nice thing about Kingston is that it is central to everything in Ulster County, so you can easily get (by car) to New Paltz, Rosendale, Woodstock, Stone Ridge, Saugerties, etc. Rhinebeck is also about 20 minutes over the bridge. I am a mostly-happy Kingston resident.