Think Ranch-style homes are boring and lackluster? Think again. You never know when the most nondescript exterior is concealing a classy arrangement on the inside, maybe even a Mid-Century Modern gem in a plain brown wrapper. We’ve excavated a mother load of attractive traditional one-story and split level versions in Ulster, Dutchess, and Westchester Counties, ranging in price from $189,500 to $799,000. Continue to plumb the depths of all the Brownstoner Upstate listings here. Perhaps you’ll discover your own buried treasures.
We don’t get to Westchester County much. In fact, most wouldn’t consider it “upstate” at all. However, if you’re a mid-mod enthusiast, you must begin your search there. You might hit the jackpot with properties like this c.1946 Ranch on 2 acres in Katonah, a quaint hamlet in the town of Bedford. This is mid-mod eye-candy through and through, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass, a massive brick fireplace in the living room, and a kitchen outfitted with vintage metal cabinetry. Beds: 3. Baths: 3. Square Feet: 2996. Lot Size: 1.8 acres. Est. Taxes: $12,148.
Let’s stay in Westchester for just one more minute to look at this West Nyack cutie. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood due west of the riverside village of Nyack, the property consists of a big half-acre yard and a c.1950 Ranch with wood floors, built-in shelves, and a semi-open floor plan with a living room that flows into the dining room. No stairs; everything is on a single floor. Located about an hour from Brooklyn. Beds: 4. Baths: 2.5. Square Feet: 1488. Lot Size: .5 acres. Est. Taxes: $10,921.
And back up north we go, this time to Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County where this cedar Contemporary Ranch lives. Generously sized at 2700 square feet, the house includes a second floor loft. Listing says it needs a bit of TLC on the exterior in the form of staining. Nice cathedral ceilings for Ranch-style home. Beds: 4. Baths: 2.5. Square Feet: 2700. Lot Size: 1.23 acres. Est. Taxes: $$7173.
And finally, our bargain of the week: An attractive, affordable raised Contemporary Ranch in Hurley, Ulster County. The kitchen is new and the master bedroom includes its own small balcony. Also comes with a small sunroom and first floor radiant heat. Located close to the Hurley Rail Trail, which is a great way to bike/run/walk and sightsee, and the Esopus Creek. Beds: 3. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1697. Lot Size: .5 acres. Est. Taxes: $4786.