We get it. The standard 3 bed/2 bath 1500 square foot split-level Ranch isn’t going to cut it for you. You want something unusual. You want to pull into the driveway and gasp with delight at the house you own. Your friends and acquaintances will invite themselves over just to catch a glimpse of the inside of your house, the coolest house on the block. You want a place that you never, ever, ever want to leave on Monday morning. In that case, cast your discerning eye this-a-way and behold a former Catholic oratory, an eclectic tower, and a geodesic dome, all located in Ulster County, west of the Hudson, approximately 3 hours from Brooklyn.
It’s not too late to find your perfect upstate New York summer escape. The Brownstoner Upstate rental listings include a bumper crop of seasonal, short-term rentals as well as longer leases. Don’t want to commit to a purchase? Maybe you want to try the Hudson Valley and Catskills on for size before you take the big plunge? Considering spending some quality time up north in one of these rentals from Columbia and Ulster Counties.
Why Woodstock and Willow, you ask? If you’re asking, then you’ve probably never been. Woodstock’s charms have been widely disseminated throughout the land, but the wee hamlet of Willow, located just outside of Woodstock has charms all its own. The woodsy kind. Not a walkable, artsy, and famous village like Woodstock. Willow is for nature-lovers, looking to hide away. Woodstock and Willow do have one thing in common, though: Both are on an NYC bus route. The Trailways stops in the middle of Woodstock village, and it also picks up here in Willow hamlet. Would we suggest living in Woodstock and Willow without a car? Probably not. But the option to ride instead of drive is nothing to sneeze at for some trying to reduce their car usage. So, this week, we’ve handpicked properties in Woodstock and Willow, all convenient to public transportation.
Few things spark our fancy like the thought of a rambling farmhouse upstate. Luckily, such properties abound in the Brownstoner Upstate real estate listings, too many to post all at once, in fact. So we took the liberty of paring down the list to four of our favorites, ranging in price from $450,000 to $299,000, located in Columbia and Ulster Counties. Now, we understand that some of the handier among us prefer the fantasy of fixing up and refurbishing a farm house in the country. The reality of a project like that, however, is far more laborious and time-consuming than some want (suggested reading: Country Matters by Michael Korda). For those who like their farmhouses turn-key, this one’s for you.
That Friday afternoon drive to the country is long enough. Why add an extra hour along windy back roads at night just to get to your upstate abode’s driveway? We think you shouldn’t. Get home faster by sticking close to the main thoroughfares.
This week, we’ll be doing just exactly that by looking at some fabulous housing situated 10 minutes or less from the Taconic State Parkway, which runs east of the Hudson River, passing through both Dutchess and Columbia Counties.
Think Ranch-style homes are boring and lackluster? Think again. You never know when the most nondescript exterior is concealing a classy arrangement on the inside, maybe even a Mid-Century Modern gem in a plain brown wrapper. We’ve excavated a mother load of attractive traditional one-story and split level versions in Ulster, Dutchess, and Westchester Counties, ranging in price from $189,500 to $799,000. Continue to plumb the depths of all the Brownstoner Upstate listings here. Perhaps you’ll discover your own buried treasures.
Close proximity to the Hudson River doesn’t necessarily mean you have to drop a small fortune on a house. If you know which river towns to explore for more bang for your buck, you might find yourself living in a sweet deal not far from the area’s most famous water body. This week, we’ll be looking at four properties listed for less than $300,000, all located in Hudson River towns.
This week, we pose the following question: Why be satisfied with just the house and some land? Why not look for a two-fer? Or a three-fer? Or a six-fer? That’s exactly what we’ve done this week on Brownstoner Upstate. We’ve scoured the listings in search of properties that come with a little something extra thrown in, like a guest house, or an extra apartment, or a barn or two. Our offerings hail from Woodstock, Kingston, Copake and Accord. Copake is located in Columbia County, east of the Hudson River. The rest are in Ulster County, west of the Hudson.
Hankering for a little piece of land in addition to your dream Catskill Mountains cottage? We’ve got you covered this week with four properties spread throughout the Catskills from Shandaken, Ulster County to Margaretville and Roxbury in Delaware County to Bovina in Sullivan County. All are situated on at least an acre of land and include some privacy making them perfect options for part-time or full-time living.
We had a grand time finding this week’s batch of hot listings. All of them are located in Columbia County east of the Hudson River and north of Dutchess County, and all of them are simple, sophisticated, classic, and mostly affordable, ranging from a contemporary 1990s Ranch to a mid-19th century farmhouse. Which one do you think is our favorite? Which one is your favorite?
Continuing with last week’s theme of our favorite Greene County properties, here’s a rambling old farmhouse in rural Ashland, located about 40 minutes west of Catskill village. Ashland is farm country, for sure, but if you’re looking to live life at a slightly more leisurely pace in the Catskill Mountains, this could be the place. The farmhouse includes five bedrooms and three acres of land abutting another 294 acres of state land. High ceilings, gorgeous plank flooring, and a huge kitchen round out the goodies within. Beds: 5. Baths: 2 full, 2 half. Square Feet: 1430. Lot Size: 3 acres. Est. Taxes: $1848. More photos after the jump…
So many brand new properties on the market in Greene County this month, we struggled to narrow down our choices. See, Greene County, located on the west side of the Hudson River and a little less than three hours north of Brooklyn, is a great place to look for first-time home buyers considering the big move (or a second home) to upstate New York. It’s less expensive than its southern and east-of-Hudson counterparts, and the housing inventory is fairly robust right now. And, if you want a house on some land, you’ll probably find it here. Looking for a house that’s walking distance to town? Yep, you’ll probably find that, too. Rustic log cabins? Check. Contemporaries? Check. Victorians, antique Colonials, and farm houses? Check, check, and check. So many choices that we’re dedicating two weeks to our grab bag of favorite Greene County properties. Enjoy!