Tivoli Colonial + Barn/Studio, $549,000

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It’s really all about the barn here for us with this property in Dutchess County. The 18th century Colonial main house is great, and we particularly like that the wrap-around porch is screened-in (we don’t always like porches screened in but this one works). But that barn. Wow. We’re thinking, could we live in the barn and turn the main house into a guest house? Perhaps not, but we sure would spend a lot of time there. Also includes 10 acres of land and the option to snatch up even more land beyond that. Property is located 5 miles east of Tivoli.

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Categories: $500k to $750k On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Dutchess County hudson valley real estate Lots of Land Rural

Town: Tivoli

By: Kandy Harris | 30 July 2014 10:30 AM | No Comments

Need Something Extra? Try a Yurt!



So, for in honor of Something Extra Week, we started thinking about what kind of inexpensive options there are for adding an extra structure to a property. Building a barn, guest house, or detached office can be pricy, but what about a yurt? Yurts are semi-permanent circular structures that are sort of like a cross between a one-room cabin and a tent. We did some poking around at various yurt construction companies, and we found, based on complete estimation and no mathematical abilities whatsoever, that by and large, a 16ft diameter yurt will run you between $5000 and $8000. Don’t forget to add in extra costs like insulation, taller walls, stove outlet, door and flooring options, etc. We did find 2 16ft. yurts for $5000 in the YurtForum.com classifieds. It’s cheaper than building a tiny house.  Anyway, it’s free to look and dream and scheme, so let’s look at pictures of stuff for inspiration, shall we?

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Categories: Country House Checklist Home & Garden Top Stories Upstate Living

Tags: Eco-friendly Yurts

By: Kandy Harris | 29 July 2014 03:30 PM | No Comments

Saugerstock Rental + Entertainment Barn, $2750/mo.

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Even our Rental of the Week has a little extra something to go along with it: A two-story barn with a pool table, bar, and movie screen. That’s some barn! But wait! There’s more! The property also includes a stream, tennis court, pond, and gazebo. Oh, and there’s a main house, too, which is a c.1820s eyebrow Colonial with charming green shutters and lots of windows, all situated on over 11 acres of land between Saugerties and Woodstock (hence the term Saugerstock). Okay, so yes, $2750/month is kind of a lot to pay in rent, but trying telling that to someone who’s paying the same for a 350 square foot studio in Manhattan, and probably with a roommate, to boot.

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Categories: Rentals

Tags: Lots of Land Rural Ulster County

Town: Saugerties

By: Kandy Harris | 29 July 2014 02:10 PM | 1 Comment

Clermont Sears House + Converted Barn, $449,000

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Remember when Sears sold mail order home kits? Neither do we, because it was well before our time. But those mail order kit homes, which were available between 1908 and 1940 are still standing. This house in Clermont might be one of them. We say “might” because the listing calls it a “Sears style home.” Regardless, it was built in 1927 and includes an acre of land. That’s not all it includes, however. Since this is Something Extra Week here at Upstater, all of our properties will come with an extra of some kind that adds more bang to the buck. Here, it’s an adorable barn conversion that’s bright and airy. What would you use it for? Home office? Guest house? Yoga studio? All of the above? Also comes with a detached garage and a garden building.

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Categories: $300k to $499k On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Dutchess County hudson valley real estate Rural

Town: Germantown

By: Kandy Harris | 29 July 2014 12:45 PM | No Comments

High Falls’ “Candyland Revival” House Gets NYT Mention

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There is nothing shy and retiring about Calico, the High Falls property owned by Kat O’Sullivan and Mason Brown, so it’s no wonder the house and its owners ended up in the Home and Garden section of the New York Times last week. The article delves into how O’Sullivan, an artist, and Brown, a publisher/musician, found an old fixer-upper in Ulster County and proceeded to transform it into a whimsical, colorful cacophony of styles and artistic leanings that Brown and O’Sullivan dubbed “Candyland Revival.” We particularly loved how the couple wrote out their wish-list of home features (from the NYT article):

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Categories: Upstate Living

Tags: Architecture Ulster County

By: Kandy Harris | 28 July 2014 03:30 PM | No Comments

Brick Farmhouse + Art Studio in Rosendale, $425,000

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We’ve missed you, Rosendale. The Ulster County hamlet just hosted the biggest free live music festival on the East coast, otherwise known as the Rosendale Street Fair. It’s got a great theater, good watering holes and eateries, and, one of our favorite spots, the Widow Jane mine (we saw live music there several years ago, and it was cool). And, Rosendale is home to this mid-19th century brick farmhouse. As much as we like the look of an ivy covered wall, we know that some argue it’s bad for the structural integrity of a building. Perhaps the fact that it’s constructed of brick makes it less prone to breakdown, but we don’t fancy ourselves experts in the area of ivy wall growth. The brick is exposed in some parts of the interior. We love that. We also love that it’s on 4 acres and comes with a detached garage that’s been turned into a studio space with nice lighting. It’s situated on the Esopus Creek, so Floorsmart.gov puts it in the high-risk category for flooding.

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Categories: $300k to $499k On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Ulster County Waterfront

By: Kandy Harris | 28 July 2014 02:00 PM | No Comments

It’s Something Extra Week!

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Who doesn’t like to get something extra for their money? If you hate that, you might want to skip the posts this week. We’ll be featuring properties that come with a little added bonus with the price. Maybe it’s a big red barn. Or a guest house. Or a studio space. Or an apartment for extra income. Or maybe that something extra is an unexpected low price for an area known for its high-priced properties. Or maybe a secret hidden staircase! Okay, maybe not, but you never what treasures we’ll stumble upon as we explore yet another crop of exceptional homes in the Upstater area.

Categories: Upstate Living

By: Kandy Harris | 28 July 2014 10:00 AM | No Comments

Thrillist.com: 13 Best Restaurants Not in NYC

Eggplant Balls from New World Bistro Bar

Eggplant Balls from New World Bistro Bar

Thrillist.com recently posted their list of the 13 best restaurants outside of NYC and the boroughs, and almost half of them are Upstater-area eateries. Fish & Game in Hudson got the nod, as did Woodstock’s Bear Cafe, Brushland Eating company in Bovina, New World Bistro Bar in Albany (owned by Saugerties’ New World Home Cooking chef Ric Orlando), and Brasserie 292 in Poughkeepsie. Good list, but there are so many others we could add onto that: China Rose in Rhinecliff, Henry’s Farm to Table in Milton, La Florentina in Kingston, Boitson’s in Kingston, Miss Lucy’s Kitchen in Saugerties, Peekamoose in Big Indian, Mexican Radio in Hudson (but that’s also in SoHo and Schenectady so maybe it doesn’t count), The Heron in Narrowsburg, and on, and on, and on. We could go on for several more paragraphs and broken down into subcategories. But we’d rather hear from you! Please tell us your favorite restaurant in the Hudson Valley or Catskills or both. We love to hear about new discoveries and old favorites.

Categories: Food & Drink Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Food Hudson Valley

By: Kandy Harris | 25 July 2014 03:30 PM | 1 Comment