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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

Hudson River view from 177 Montgomery Street, Newburgh

Complicated though Newburgh may be, its residents are certainly passionate about seeing the architecture of the city restored to its former glory. The riverside Orange County city with a sordid history has, of late, seen an influx of artists, musicians, and other creative types who are looking at Newburgh in a whole new way, digging beneath its gritty surface and revealing a jewel of a place, populated with the grandeur (albeit crumbling, at times) of Italianate, Queen Anne, and Gothic brick and stone townhouses. What you won’t find in Newburgh is the plastic-y overlay of tourist trappings with facades meant to cover up hardship and scars (although there are a couple of places near the waterfront developments that are well-polished), but instead, you’ll stumble upon a living, breathing history of what the city was and the Renaissance, as some would call it, that’s already begun. Brownstoner readers have already seen this New York Times article discussing Newburgh’s gentrification-less rejuvenation, and, of course, no discussion about the beauty of Newburghian architecture would be complete without mentioning Newburgh Restoration, the source of all things Newburgh real estate-related, including jaw-dropping before-and-after renovation photos. But if you really want to get the city under your skin, go have yourself a visit to see what all the fuss is about. The yearly Candlelight house tour is a good excuse to stop by. It’s put on by the Newburgh Historical Society and this year will take place Sunday, December 8.

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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

5419 State Route 23, Windham: $399,000

Detractors of the Route 28 Scenic Byway Project, which winds its way through the Catskill Mountains from West Hurley in Ulster County to the Western Gateway in Delaware County north of Andes, worry that this official designation would take away some of their rights under Home Rule and subject local businesses to land use regulations. Proponents, on the other hand, see the Route 28 Scenic Byway designation as a boon to the Catskills in terms of both tourism and protection of natural resources. Regardless of either opinion, one thing everyone can agree on is that Route 28 through the Catskills is seriously scenic (with a lower case “s”), and while tourism can’t be the only industry that revives the flagging economy of the Catskills, it certainly plays a substantial role. The proposed byway passes through picturesque towns like Phoenicia and Margaretville, making its way past Belleayre Mountain. We’ve traveled the loop-de-loop that links Route 28, Route 10, and Route 23 into Greene County — that’s not too hard on the eyes, either. So let’s make the loop together, going backwards through Greene County, into Delaware, and then back into Ulster County.

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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

 

255 County Route 164, Callicoon: $289,000

 

“Secluded” doesn’t always mean “remote,” especially when you’re talking about Sullivan County up in the Catskill Mountains. Less than two hours away from Manhattan (if traffic is cooperative), Sullivan County has long been a getaway for those living amongst the urban hustle and bustle of the city, particularly during the booming Borscht Belt resort heyday. The resorts are mostly gone, but there are tons of reasonably priced properties dotting the area and situated within the mountains. Villages like Callicoon, Livingston Manor, Jeffersonville, and Narrowsburg are some of our favorite haunts, so we centered our search around those towns. Another bonus: Overall, Sullivan County tends to have lower taxes than many other places just north of New York City. Notice we said “overall.” Every municipality is different, so make sure to get that reality check with your real estate agent before making any life-changing decisions.

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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

Via Wikipedia

We offer today’s post with a gigantic caveat: While it is possible to live in upstate New York without a car, it is an endeavor that is not for the faint of heart. Many places in various parts of the Hudson Valley and Catskills have buses and trains that service those communities, but many of those communities rely on other communities for amenities such as grocery stores, libraries, schools, etc. Take, for example, the hamlet of Rhinecliff in Dutchess County. Rhinecliff has an Amtrak station, which is great. It’s a lovely little town, but if you want to grocery shop, you’re going to have to figure out a way to get over to the Super Stop and Shop in Rhinebeck, which is four miles away. That’s not to say it can’t be done. Ride sharing is a possibility, and if you’re desperate, you can always call a cab. But people do it. They live upstate without a car, commute downstate for work (or find a way to make a go of it without relying on the local economy for their paychecks), and know the public transportation systems really well. These people are truly committed to the pursuit of living without a car, though, so unless you’re up to the same level of commitment, trying to live car-free might not be for you. That said, we picked some spots that just might be conducive to car-free living, if you’re up for the challenge.

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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

14 S. Franklin Street, Athens: $269,000

The city of Hudson in Columbia County gets a lot of play. It’s certainly subject to everyone’s “it’s the new Brooklyn!” assessment due to its cultural vibe, because there are some great houses in the area, and it’s a stop on the Amtrak. But directly across the river in Greene County is Hudson’s less well known west-of-Hudson counterpart, Athens. It’s not as big, and certainly nobody will ever confuse it for a neighborhood in Brooklyn. It is, however, a lovely little small town along the waterfront, possessing an easy-going feel and a host of historical properties. There’s a sizable lake community near Athens called Sleepy Hollow Lake. We think the area is worth exploring if you’re interested in Greene County in general. Athens is located about 5 miles north of Catskill, 40 minutes south of Albany, and approximately two hours and 25 minutes from Brooklyn.

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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

582 Old Kings Highway, Accord: $525,000

This week, we’re back in the Ulster County hamlet of Accord, looking at more fabulous houses. If you missed last week’s installment of all things Accord, you can find the post here. As with last week, the houses are a hodge podge, and a lovely hodge podge, at that.

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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

428 Cooper Street, Accord: $749,000

Do you know the hamlet of Accord (pronounced ACK-ord), located in the town of Rochester in Ulster County? We’ve talked about it before in previous posts, albeit briefly. At first glance, it appears to be like many other quaint hamlets in upstate New York: Lots of historic properties, pretty views of the Catskill Mountains, farm land, and acreage resplendent with greenery. But, Accord is also place that has become wildly popular with weekenders keen on turning old properties into swanky getaways, which has been a bone of contention with some locals around town. So, we suppose, Accord is exactly like many other quaint hamlets in upstate New York, indicative of the two-sided coin of living up here in paradise. Regardless of how folks feel about the influx of “outsiders”, we all have to agree that Accord is home to some seriously stunning properties. In fact, there are so many on the market right now (and, seemingly, always), that we decided to make Accord the subject of a two-parter on Brownstoner Upstate. Let us now revel in the variety of homes, from pricey to completely reasonable, both old and new, as well as new on the inside and old on the outside, that Accord has to offer.

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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

14 Linden Place, Middletown: $89,900

It’s easy to find stunning properties in upstate New York for a bundle of money. What’s more of a challenge (and more fun, we think) is finding a good-looking property for less than $100,000. Here’s a handful we found that need some TLC, but have apparent potential and interesting design features, some inside, some outside.

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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

25 Watson Woods, Woodstock: $825/mo

When we say “Cheapo Edition,” we mean less than $2,000 a month, and in one case (see photo above), less than $1,000 a month. And they’re all houses located in Ulster County (here’s your GMAP), not a single apartment in someone else’s house to be found here. So go ahead and make all the noise you want. Invite your friends over for Amateur Drum Circle Night. Throw a Karaoke-o-Thon in your living room. Yodel in the shower, whatever floats your fancy. And do it all while saving yourself a ton of cash in the process.

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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

60 Duncan Avenue, Cornwall-on-Hudson: $799,000

Last week, we took you on a virtual tour of fixer-uppers in and around the Greene County town of Catskill, which includes the village of Catskill, one of our favorite river towns. This week, however, we’re swinging the pendulum in the other direction by looking at some truly stunning properties, also located in river towns. Most come with breathtaking views of the Hudson, while others are in areas within striking distance of the river, like West Saugerties in Ulster County. So, let’s all put on our wishing caps and take stroll down “Oooh! Aaah!” Lane in upstate New York.