Brownstoner Upstate: More Than Meets the Eye


    105 1st Avenue, Kingston: $119,500

    It’s safe to say that we look at hundreds of real estate listings a day. Sometimes for work, but mostly for fun. Because so many properties are passing before our eyes, we tend to initially focus on the exterior. And if the exterior doesn’t do it for us, we skip over it. We also know that sometimes a lackluster exterior hides a unique or an attractive interior we never would have guessed existed based on the outside, so we try to look beyond the first photo of a home’s facade as often as we can. This week’s list includes homes that, upon first glance, elicited a resounding “meh” from us until we saw what lies on the other side of the front door.

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    See? Unimpressive interior with bland vinyl siding, but inside, a delightful interior with arched doorways, original moldings, pressed tin ceilings, and cool details like stained glass in the kitchen and subway tiling in the bathrooms. Everything is clean and whitewashed, and there’s even some exposed brick. Another interesting feature: The broken tile mosaic deck in the backyard. Includes an additional 80 by 82 lot. Small in size, big in character. Beds: 2. Baths: 1.5 Square Feet: 922. Lot Size: .08 acres. Est. Taxes: $3096.

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    105 1st Avenue, Kingston (Westwood Metes & Bounds) GMAP


    25 evergreen rd putnam valley ny

    25 Evergreen Road, Putnam Valley: $50,000

    In this case, “more than meets the eye” most likely means there are parts of this house in serious need of fixing up outside of the photos of the already renovated kitchen, master bedroom, and master bath. Because that’s the only way we can see this house, which is located in Putnam County and has lakefront property ready for a dock, listing for a paltry $50,000. Could it be a typo? Beds: 2. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1262. Lot Size: .35 acres. Est. Taxes: $5564.

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    25 Evergreen Road, Putnam Valley (Keller Willams) GMAP


    113 main street high falls ny

    The High Falls Mercantile Building is one of the most recognizable buildings in High Falls, a sweet and eclectic hamlet in Ulster County. Formerly a furniture store, the Mercantile Building isn’t just a beautiful storefront. It’s also a sweet two-bedroom apartment and studio/office space. Also for sale in High Falls: The Eggs Nest, which is a great place to grab a bite. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, yes, there’s a waterfall in High Falls, and it’s right in the hamlet. Square Feet: 3962. Lot Size: .13 acres. Est. Taxes: $5025.

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    113 Main Street, High Falls (Westwood Metes & Bounds) GMAP


    7 highview rd phoenicia ny

    Corny cabin in the woods? No way. More like a swinging vintage log cabin just outside of Phoenicia, the epicenter of rustic hipsterdom in the Catskills. Or something like that. We know Phoenicia for good food, beautiful surroundings, and tubing on the Esopus when it’s hot and humid outside. Cabin sits on 1.6 acres of land. Beds: 4. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1965. Lot Size: 1.61 acres. Est. Taxes: $3471.

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    7 Highview Road, Phoenicia (Win Morrison) GMAP


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