Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.
A few months ago, we looked at some stunning properties in the city of Kingston (Ulster County), which included some incredible old homes. While the prices were reasonable, the taxes were not. If you head up to Greene County, however, you’ll find comparable pricing and much lower taxes. With that in mind, we found some beauties in Coxsackie, East Durham, and Athens, and with the exception of the one pictured below, they’re all priced under $300,000. By the way, if you’re looking to fall down a delightful rabbit hole of gorgeous, cheap houses, plug Coxsackie into a Trulia search and watch as your jaw hits your knees. Better yet, head up for a visit. It’s worth the drive.
Oh how we do love this sunny-yellow Victorian in Coxsackie that includes a barn plus an unfinished guesthouse. It’s on plenty of land right in the village close to the river (the listing claims seasonal views) and comes with a billion bells and whistles, like an enclosed porch, spiral staircase, wrap-around porch, the works. We could go on and on. The taxes seems suspiciously low even for Coxsackie, so it’s always good to get a reality check from the realtor on these things. Beds: 7. Baths: 2.5. Square Feet: 4,654. Lot Size: 3.5 acres. Taxes: $2,045.
Some more loveliness in Coxsackie, this one in the form of a multi-family with the potential for conversion back to a single family. Again, it’s close to the river and Riverside Park, which is a nice place to explore on a pretty day. Beds: 4. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 2,452. Lot Size: .33 acre. Taxes: $2,517.
East Durham is a small hamlet in the town of Durham, and it’s packed with bargains. Even so, we had to do a double take on the price of this pristine five-bedroom Victorian. It’s close to the road, but it’s set up on a hill which gives it a little elbow room. Property includes a cute two-bedroom guest cottage. East Durham is an interesting place with lots of small Catskill motels and resorts, all Irish-themed. In fact, it’s known as the “Irish Alps.” Beds: 5. Baths: 3. Square Feet: 3,360. Lot Size: .5 acre. Taxes: $5,284.
And now for something completely different: An old schoolhouse in the village of Athens. The listing indicates that some gutting and renovating has begun, but the pictures make it seem like more gutting than renovating has been happening there. Still, it’s been a dream of ours for quite some time to live in a refurbed school house, especially one with a killer view of the river. Take heed: It needs everything. Beds: 0. Baths: 0. Square Feet: 2,640. Lot Size: .69 acre. Taxes: $1,169.