We scour hundreds of real estate listings every week to create this column. Sometimes, we really have to dig for the good stuff, plunging deep into the middle price ranges and sifting through photo after photo after photo as all of the houses start to look the same. And sometimes, the properties will almost leap from the screen in rapid succession, lacking little rhyme or reason, and we have no choice to follow their siren’s song. The four properties featured today were the ones that leapt from the screen with not only attractive and eye-catching exteriors, but interiors with charm, to boot, ranging in price from $1,000,000 down to $315,000.
To renovate, or not to renovate? That is always the question here in upstate New York. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous amounts of renovating, rebuilding, and the possible tearing down of structures, or to take up arms and simply purchase something that doesn’t really need much work but doesn’t look quite right. Is there no middle ground? Of course there is. There are multitudinous options between near-teardowns and pristine turnkeys. In fact, that’s where most of the options lie. With this in mind, we’ll be exploring two properties that need a quite a bit of work, and two that are passable as is but might be nicer with some updates. Three are in Greene County (west of the Hudson, north of Ulster County), and one in Sullivan County in the Catskill Mountains. All are less than $100,000. Reality check: Sometimes five-figure properties are cash deals. FYI.
Let’s face it: If you’ve ever spent anytime in the Hudson River Valley, chances are, you have a couple of favorite towns that you return to again and again. We certainly do. In fact, we have many favorite towns. They’re our favorite towns for different reasons. Some we like because they’re close to the river. Some we like because they’re walking distance to somewhere. Some we like for the sheer lust we feel towards the houses as we drive down the residential streets. But mostly, it’s that last one. So here’s a sampling of the houses we love in or near our favorite towns in the Hudson Valley.
Finding a bumper crop of new rental properties from Brownstoner’s Upstate listings is a bit like Christmas in August. And who else but us would tittering with joy over new rental listings? Perhaps you would. Let’s find out by showing you a bunch of cool stuff we found in Columbia County (east of Hudson, north of Dutchess County).
The Catskill Confidential Travel Guide is arguably the roadmap for all the best stuff to see and do in the Catskills. The July/August edition is available here, or you can grab one for free when you come up to Sullivan County to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Woodstock at the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center or any of the other anniversary goings-on. But you can find out all about that in Catskill Confidential. We’re celebrating in our own way by looking at some properties on the market in Sullivan County (you thought we were going to say Woodstock, didn’t you? You should know better than that). Oh, and did we mention there’s a bagel festival happening this weekend in Monticello? Sounds like the perfect excuse for a day trip to us.
This Dutchess County cottage in Amenia is situated on 18 acres just shy of the New York/Connecticut border, which certainly makes it feel off the beaten path. In reality, however, it’s closer to civilization than you’d think. Wassaic is less than 10 minutes away (have you heard about Wassaic’s free film, arts, dance, and music festival? It starts this weekend), along with a Metro North station. Beds: 2. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1,404. Lot Size: 18 acres. Est. Taxes: $5,858. Distance from Brooklyn: 1 hour, 55 minutes. (more…)
Pardon us if we deviate from the norm just a bit today. Yes, we have some juicy listings for you, but we also wanted to show you around the Hudson River village of Athens in Greene County (west of the Hudson, about 2.5 hours from Brooklyn). We went there yesterday just to explore the waterfront park since its recent upgrade, and overall, we came away feeling quite charmed by it all, even if Athens seems to suffer from that same eerie weekday quietness that other places around here do, as if the whole town is waiting for something to happen. There are lots of empty storefronts with “for rent” signs in the windows, almost no cars driving around, and we encountered only two other people out walking. There is, however, a brew pub that emits the most tantalizing malty fragrance for two blocks surrounding its location, not to mention the most charming outdoor dining area on the waterfront that is connected to the historic Stewart House boutique hotel. Other stuff we discovered on our jaunt: Athens has a town pool, a huge cemetery, and tons of great houses. But before we get to those, take a brief visual tour of the town after the jump.
It might not be huge, but this cottage in the town of Esopus, Ulster County sure is pretty. The enclosed porch on stilts reminds us of a tree house and also allows for one heck of a view of the valley below. Moore Lane is located in Ulster Park, about 15 minutes south of Kingston and 15 minutes northwest of the Poughkeepsie train station. (more…)
Delaware County up in the Catskill Mountains is always a great place to look for a bargain. As we’ve said, your buck will go far there. The village of Andes, located about 15 minutes southeast of Delhi, is a charming town with a lot of great old buildings, like this Colonial. The listing says the deed puts its construction date in 1830 but is believed to have been built in the 18th century. Bright, cheerful interior, plus an old barn on the property’s quarter-acre lot size walking distance to Andes businesses. Taxes are low. Beds: 4. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1,971. Lot Size: .25 acres. Est. Taxes: $2,003. Distance from Brooklyn: 3 hours.
As we’ve said before, Greene County has such a “best of both worlds” situation. Over to the east, you’re in the Hudson Valley and quaint villages like Catskill and Coxsackie. Over to the west, you’re squarely in Catskill Mountain Park. So we’re going on a road trip this week starting in the riverfront town of Coxsackie, then working our way west to Cairo, Jewett, and then Hunter. We never get tired of looking at properties in Greene County. You can still find a bargain or two, land is abundant and , overall, the taxes won’t blow your mind like they do in other neighboring counties (we’re looking at you, Ulster County).