We’re digging on Kingston these days, what with last weekend’s Made in Kingston, an event that showcases local businesses and makers, and the upcoming wildly popular New Year’s Eve celebration in uptown (this year’s theme is circus freak show). The Ulster County city and first capital of New York seems to get cooler by the second, with new music venues, restaurants, and shops cropping up all the time. Kingston is also home to the O+ Festival, which aims to connect musicians and artists with health care professionals. And, it’s not called the Gateway to the Catskills for no reason. A short drive will take you straight to mountain views and nature. There are lots of real estate options in and around the city, from farmhouses on land not far from town to sweet homes in residential neighborhoods located approximately two hours from Brooklyn. Here’s a handful, all priced under $160,000.
Ever wonder why anyone would leave the city for upstate New York? After all, there’s a distinct lack of good takeout up here as well as impractical public transportation options. And as winter creeps ever closer by the day, a whole new world of problems presents itself to the denizens of the countryside (expensive heat, roads not plowed, bleak surroundings — just to name a few).
The allure is obvious. Sure, upstate housing stock is cheaper by a long shot, but the lure of nature can be a hard one to deny, especially when you spend a while gazing at farmhouses, wondering what it would be like to ramble around one of these stately, venerable places (like the ones featured here) situated on a piece of land large enough to ensure that if you don’t want to rub elbows with another living soul for several days in a row, you won’t have to. And you have to admit, that does have its benefits, even if that means you won’t see a snow plow for several days, either.
Even our most expensive property today is below our self-imposed affordability ceiling of $250,000 (subject to change, of course, based entirely upon whim). But just because it’s affordable doesn’t mean it doesn’t bring the charm. Seriously, look at those floors. And the French doors. And the kitchen. Beautiful. Situated on a full acre in southern Ulster County on the Orange County border. Beds: 3. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1748. Lot Size: 1.1 acres. Est. Taxes: $7110. Distance from Brooklyn: 2 hours.
Our title today is RTMMYCMDTW — that well-known acronym for rentals that might make you consider moving during the winter. I’ve moved during the winter in four different states: Alaska, California, Michigan and New York (alphabetical order). Needless to say, packing up a moving van on a December day in San Francisco is much more pleasant than unloading a moving van in upstate New York a week later. Alas, nothing to be done. Sometimes, when you gotta move, you gotta move. These days, it would take a lot to convince me to move in the winter. Or in the rain. Or at all. The rentals I found today in the Upstate listings, however, might change my mind about the idea. Maybe. Probably not. Okay, maybe for this one, a 1938 Bauhaus in the artists’ colony…
For the right price, we’ll overlook a multitude of house-related sins. Bad wood paneling, unsightly paint jobs, cramped kitchen quarters, you name it. But these beauties are just fine the way they are: easy on both the eyes and the budget, located in both the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.
No sense judging a book by its cover. Let’s step inside and admire these four houses with attractive interiors that might make us seriously consider never leaving the house ever again (like we needed an excuse). Featured properties come from Ulster and Columbia Counties. Plenty more where they came from in the Brownstoner Upstate real estate listings.
Get your peace in the Catskill Mountains while you can, because as housing prices downstate in Manhattan and Brooklyn begin to rise, more folks will be headed up, looking for their acre or more of land or charming village home. As with every approaching winter, things in Sullivan and Delaware Counties will continue to grown increasingly quieter (too quiet for some, in fact, who flee for other parts during the cold months), but before the autumn leaves begin to fade with the first flutters of new snow, we thought we’d take a housing stock snapshot. Today, we’ll be in Glen Spey, Barryville, and Callicoon Center in Sullivan County, and Andes in Delaware County.
Our bargain-hunting continues this week even more properties for $200,000 or less. This week, we’ll be in Ulster County, Greene County, and all the way up in Rensselaer County (just kidding, it’s less than three hours from Brooklyn).
There’s a shockingly good crop of properties going for $200,000 or less on the market right now, so we’re all over it. By the way, pardon the two-parter, but we couldn’t narrow it down to just a handful of houses. This week, we’ll be in the Catskills in Sullivan County, Columbia County in the upper Hudson Valley, and the Ulster County town of Saugerties. All homes are turnkey and packed with charm, lots of cute features, and a couple have a decent-sized bit of land to go with them. Not too bad for a mortgage less than half of the rent in most of Brooklyn.
True confession time: I am a renter, and I always have been. Chances are, if you live in the boroughs, you’ve always been a renter, too. There are definite pros and cons to renting. Pros: Someone comes to fix things that break, and they’re not you (we hope). Someone (again, hopefully not you) clears the driveway when it gets covered in snow. And maybe, if you’re lucky, someone pays for at least one of your utilities — probably not a big, expensive one, like your cable or Wi-Fi or electricity, but perhaps your water, or your garbage removal. Someone pays your property taxes (unless, like me, that cost is factored into the rent). Cons: Renting isn’t really an investment. You’re essentially sinking your money into a living space that you don’t own, meaning that you can’t build equity in your home. But if you’re looking to live upstate and pay as much as, or, often times, less than you’re paying for your tiny apartment downstate, or you’re interested in a second home without the long-term commitment of owning a property, then perhaps renting upstate is just the thing for you. This week, let’s explore some standalone homes that rent for less than $2,000 per month.
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.