This week, we’re giving ourselves a late Christmas present in the form of ogling some pretty farmhouses located upstate. Someday, we’d love to occupy one of these places, maybe fix up the old red barn and turn it into a studio or guest house. Or, just keep it an old red barn. Those are nice, too. Here are a handful of idyllic properties, many including an old red barn, tucked away on loads of acreage, surrounded by some truly gorgeous countryside.
Wow. Does this place in Catskill look like a pretty picture, or what? The yellow Victorian main house is dreamy, and it includes a barn, carriage house, and eight acres of land. It also has views, access to the Kaaterskill Creek (swimming in the summer!), and it’s close to both Saugerties and the village of Catskill. Some of the pictures show that the house may need some interior updating, but they seem mostly cosmetic. Beds: 4. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 2,400. Lot Size: 8 acres. Est. Taxes: $8,453.
Speaking of Saugerties, this farmhouse is located in West Saugerties, a small hamlet west of the village. The Plattekill Creek wends its way through this area, which means there are quite a few swimming holes around. This farmhouse isn’t far from the creek, and the listing hints that the waterfall across the road can be heard from here. The lot size is one acre with an old red barn on the property. Love the wood floors and rustic, cozy feel of the interior. Beds: 3. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1,784. Lot Size: 1 acre. Est. Taxes: $7,011.
No big red barn included with this farmhouse in the Greene County hamlet of East Durham, but it does come with a detached garage with solar panels attached to it, which provide energy to the house. According to the listing, the house is outfitted with other energy-efficient features, such as a high-efficiency furnace and propane fireplace. Lot size is close to four acres, and it’s convenient to Hunter and Windham Mountains. Beds: 5. Baths: 2.5. Square Feet: 1,976. Lot Size: 3.7 acres. Est. Taxes: $5,477.
The hamlet of Olivebridge in Ulster County is a wonderful place to explore pretty farmhouses in even prettier surroundings. For our money, it doesn’t get much better than this one, built in 1875. It’s been renovated, but not so much as to completely destroy the character and history of the house (case in point: exposed handmade beams in the dining room, plus wide plank floors throughout). Good news: There’s a big red barn on the 14-acre property. Bad news: The property’s status is pending. Beds: 3. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 2,050. Lot Size: 14.6 acres. Est. Taxes: $5,704