Brownstoner Upstate: Ogling Olivebridge

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    461 Acorn Hill Road, Olivebridge: $300,000

    The Ulster County town of Olive is known for its stunning views, picturesque woodsy landscapes, lovely farmhouses, and desirable proximity to the Ashokan Reservoir. It’s also known for low property taxes. Well, low property taxes is a pretty relative concept when it comes to Ulster County. Compared to other places around the Hudson Valley area on the west side of the Hudson, Olive (including the hamlet of Olivebridge, as well as a handful of other rural hamlets in town) offers a slight bargain. And if you’re looking at houses upstate, the taxes could make or break a real estate deal. Olive is located around the western end of the reservoir and about 2.5 hours from Brooklyn.

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    461 Acorn Hill Road, Olivebridge: $300,000

    We did mention that Olive has lovely farmhouses, right? Here’s one from the 19th century, located on 3 acres of land. The main floor has an open floor plan with wide-plank flooring and ceiling beams (those always make us nervous about tall people hitting their heads; these seem sufficiently high enough to accommodate them). Nearest civilization from this rural locale is the hamlet of Stone Ridge, about 15 minutes away. Beds: 4. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1948. Lot Size: 3.2 acres. Est. Taxes: $5990.

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    461 Acorn Hill Road, Olivebridge (Win Morrison Realty) GMAP

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    97 grace way olivebridge ny

    97 Grace Way, Olivebridge: $389,000

    It’s all about retreating this week, and Olive is a great place in which to do that. The area is far enough off the beaten path to make you feel like you’re far from everything when really you’re not (Stone Ridge might be a small town but they’ve got groceries, restaurants, and yoga). You can’t get much more of a retreat than this pretty Cape Cod-style home on five acres, situated at the end of a dead end street. Even includes a hot tub tucked away in the woods. Beds: 3. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1450. Lot Size: 4.9 acres. Est. Taxes: $6535.

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    97 Grace Way, Olivebridge (Prudential Nutshell Realty) GMAP

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    40 Grace Way, Olivebridge: $595,000

    This one is next-door neighbors with the previous property, but don’t worry. There’s plenty of privacy here with this contemporary Arts and Crafts-style house on seven acres. No complaints about the house itself, from the crisp interior to the forested exterior. It even comes with its own outdoor shower, something we’ve always wanted for our own country house. Beds: 3. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1908. Lot Size: 6.9 acres. Est. Taxes: $6768.

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    40 Grace Way, Olivebridge (Flemming Realty) GMAP

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    1876 cty rt 3 olivebridge ny

    1876 County Route 3, Olivebridge: $85,000

    In the mood for something cheap and retro? REALLY retro? Like, 18th century retro? According to the listing, this cabin was built in the late 1700s, and it still stands, nearly 250 years later. It needs work, no big surprises there, but the owner is will to finance with a big enough down payment. Square Feet: 644. Lot Size: 2.2 acres. Est. Taxes: $1139.

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    1876 County Route 3, Olivebridge (Westwood Metes & Bounds) GMAP

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