The Upstater: Buying the Farm


    Many folks searching for homes in Upstater’s territory are keen on the old farm house. But if you want the farm, too, there’s an incredible range of properties out there, from the luxurious/gentleman farm to the shockingly affordable working farm. (Here’s a pdf of a guide to tax breaks for farmers in NY State). This week, we’ve picked out a cheapie, a mid-range and a luxury property for Brownstoner.


    In the luxury category, take a gander at this Coxsackie Horse Farm.

    Set on 40 acres, with a kitchen Martha Stewart would approve of, 752 County Route 26 in Coxsackie is by far the most expensive property in a town that has loads of potential but has hit upon hard times. (We’ve speculated that this might be due to its housing the area’s prison, or maybe that it’s now associated with the eponymous virus). Click through for more photos…

    Beamed ceilings and a lovely screened in porch, and a pond, too. It has four beds, 2.5 baths and 2,700 square feet. The price per square foot, as we noted, is over $500. While that won’t make Brooklynites roll their eyes, it’s many, many times higher than the average for the town. Taxes, according to the listing, are still to be determined.
    752 County Route 26, $1.5 Million. GMAP

    For 10% of the cost of the Coxsackie horse farm, you can pick up 40 acres and a Greek revival farm house in Masonville, NY. The drive is a little longer — three hours and 15 minutes, per Google maps — and the house needs some repair, but here’s what you get: Two streams, an apple orchard, plum and pear trees, berry bushes, plus a four-bed, two-bath house with 2,200 square feet.

    It has a library and a maid’s room, according to the listing, plus a breakfast room and lots of original detail: the original wide-plank floors, sidelights and transoms. Yes, we noticed the lack of kitchen photos, but at this price, lots of folks can afford to add the kitchen of their dreams.
    Masonville Farm and Greek Revival Farm House, $149,900.

    In the mid-range category we have this working farm on 50 acres near the Delaware County town of Andes — a town many Upstater readers love dearly.

    The “19th Century American Classic farmhouse” (and by that we think they mean it’s had additions over the years, as many farm houses have) has four beds, two baths, a country-fied kitchen, a pond and silo space aplenty.

    If 50 acres isn’t enough, additional acreage is negotiable, too. There is a note at the bottom of the listing: “Subject to planning board approval.” Might come with a little red tape, it seems.
    Andes Farm on 50 Acres, $485,000.

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