10/24/14 11:30am
4 mcnary ave kinderhoook ny

4 McNary Avenue, Kinderhook: $459,900

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.


10/17/14 11:30am
781 n branch rd callicoon ny

781 North Branch Road, Callicoon Center: $249,500

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.


10/03/14 11:30am
Exterior Front

90 Brooktrail Road, Wurtsboro: $199,900

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.


09/26/14 11:30am
2405 route 82 ancram ny

2405 State Route 82, Ancram: $1400/month

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.


09/19/14 11:30am
80 shagroy rd millerton ny

80 Shagroy Road, Millerton: $1 million

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.


09/12/14 11:30am
97 maple ave catskill ny

97 Maple Avenue, Catskill: $89,900

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.


08/29/14 11:30am
46 anchorage road germantown ny

46 Anchorage Road, Germantown: $895,000

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.


08/15/14 11:30am

3316 st rt 97 barryville ny

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.