Archive for the ‘Saugerties’ Category
We like the honesty in the listing for 12 White Road in Saugerties, which includes: “Use extreme caution by the deck stairs, as rock support has slid away.” They also point out it’s potential: four beds, a sweet-looking exterior. Yes, yes, it needs a major overhaul, structurally and visually: that pale wood faux paneling must go!
You will have neighbors here, as it’s on a quarter-acre in a subdivided section outside the village of Saugerties, but it’s not full suburbia. Bet you could modernize it and make it super cool.
12 White Road, Saugerties. $65,000. GMAP.
Since moving “Upstate” full-time, a friend from the city connected me with Eric Amaral, whom she thought I would get along with. She was more than right! We met for coffee and were immediately laughing like old friends. Eric also happens to be an amazing and savvy Realtor who can move properties as a listing agent, and also guide buyers, and find hidden gems in the area. You may remember this property I highlighted on Upstater that got some buzz a few months back. Eric was the listing agent for that property, and one of our Upstater readers, Jo Miller put in an offer on the two cute cottages. The property ended up getting multiple bids, and though Jo did not end up with the cottages (the property sold for over asking!) she liked Eric so much while dealing with the process, she wanted to work with him on finding another weekend retreat. She found an adorable cottage in the Platte Clove area also posted on Upstater’s Five Figure Friday’s in Hunter, and with Eric’s help and expertise, she is happily moved in with no snags and enjoying her new escape.
Name: Eric Amaral
Company: Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty
Town: Woodstock/Kingston/Ulster County
A little about Eric Amaral and why you should know him
- Age: 39
- Hometown: Bronx, NY- then Orange County-NY
- How long have you lived in the area?: Twelve years; I moved here from San Francisco. I loved the West Coast but originally being from the East, I am happy to be back.
- How long have you been doing real estate?: I Started in late May 2000- so twelve years now!
- Why did you decide to become an agent?: Whew- feels like forever ago! I’ve always been passionate about Real Estate, I bought my first home when I was 23. I worked for Marriott at the time, and eventually moved back to the East Coast where my sister-in- law introduced me to a local broker. I’ve since been Realtor Associate of the Year and currently serve as a Director with the Ulster County Board of Realtors.
- What is your favorite thing about working with buyers?: I feel making an investment ( especially if it’s your first investment ) is one of the most important decisions you can make; when I’m a part of that process it makes me feel great about what I do for a living. When I worked for Marriott It always felt rewarding if I helped you to enjoy your stay. When I help someone build their dreams, it’s hugely rewarding.
- What are some things that can help buyers be better clients: When I first meet a buyer I ask some basic questions first. Like what’s on your Wish List? It always helps if a buyer already has an idea of what they are looking for.
- Do you think a fixer-upper or a move-in-ready home is a better value in this economy?: It really depends on the buyer. I feel the buyer has choices now they rarely had before. Now you can buy a “ fixer upper” and put your own design in the mix and have more flexibility with the floor plan and have some built in equity. Buying a home that is “move-in-ready” however has its advantages too- most homes now are in move- in condition and are listed at great prices! You can now get a lot more house and in really good condition, for a lot less money than the previous market. Especially with low interest rates. Now when a seller asks me if they should put in a granite countertop, and how much value would it bring- I say its not going to bring up the value but it will have a better chance on the market place. A buyer can have an easier choice to make if two homes are similar but the one home has nice countertops.
- Favorite local restaurant:Boitson’s ( Uptown Kingston )
- Favorite local hang out spot: It changes all the time, I would say my back yard and the boat! We love the Hudson River.
- Most up and coming area you think buyers should consider looking in: I would say Saugerties and Kingston.
- What is the area you consider the most stable for a long term investmen?t: Woodstock
- What is the biggest mistake buyers can make?: Not calling a Mortgage Broker sooner. You don’t want to tease yourself,by falling in love with a home and not getting an approved loan for it. Let a Realtor help you search for homes, it’s part of what we do. Its okay to interview a realtor to make sure you have the right connection.
- Is there a particular listing right now you think people should know about that they may have missed?: This amazing property is on Lewis Hollow Road in Woodstock. It is a large, amazing property with a studio building and hot tub. Located in a lovely area with privacy, this is a quintessential Woodstock retreat on just over 6 acres of land.
“Meeting him was a WONDERFUL outcome of reading Upstater and finding that Ideal Park listing. As soon as I met him, I knew I wanted to work with him. He’s warm, personable and genuine (a rare quality in the industry), but also a consummate professional who takes good care of his clients and negotiates expertly on their behalf. After being outbid on his listing, I showed him the Elka Park property on Upstater, and even though it involved a relatively small commission and was outside the Woodstock area, Eric worked enthusiastically with me through every step of the process, from offer to closing. I feel incredibly lucky to have met Eric and recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a property in Ulster (or Greene!) County” -Jo Miller
To contact Eric Amaral about viewing properties Upstate or listing your property for sale:
Eric Amaral– Licensed Associate RE Broker
Just when you thought Saugerties couldn’t get much cooler, the village hosted its first “First Friday” event on July 6th. Tons of local merchants, restaurants, bars, and galleries participated and stayed open late while visitors and locals prowled through town, eating, drinking, looking at some great art, and generally making with the merriment.
“First Fridays” began last year with cocktail tastings at Partition Street Wine Shop in the village, and this year, other local businesses hopped on board.
Check some pictures from the village’s inaugural “First Friday” event on Hudson Valley Good Stuff’s blog post.
If you missed it, like we did, not to worry: The next Saugerties First Friday event is scheduled for August 3rd. We plan on making it out this time, camera and cash in hand. See you there?
Here is that cute little weekend cottage with vintage charm, a great location, and great property for a reasonable price you may have been looking for. Located in Saugerties in the Platte Clove area (amazing hiking and swimming/fishing holes nearby) this home has a quaint quality, a great screened-in porch and a cool fireplace. With only 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom the upkeep and maintenance is reasonable for a weekend retreat. It’s 1,080 square feet, with a .43 acre lot, built in 1928.
Full listing here.
If you are as beguiled by these old stone houses as are, you’re going to dig these two for sale in different parts of Ulster County: Lake Katrine, near Kingston, and Saugerties. The Lake Katrine property is pristine and a good price for a well-preserved >2000 square foot house built in 1798 on 2.5 acres. Love the out-buildings, too, especially the little Victorian play house, and the recessed windows in the bedrooms. The taxes nearly kill the deal, though, since they’re over $8000. Ouch.
This one on Ricks Road in the town of Saugerties, while still great, is a lot more expensive and needs extensive work. Nonetheless, it would make a wonderful project for someone who loves to restore old stone houses (this one is circa-1751). Plus, it’s on 65 acres between Saugerties and Woodstock (Saugerstock), and it includes a nice-looking barn.Taxes are $6400.
We are quite familiar with this circa-1740 property in the town of Saugerties. It’s a landmark, and yet it has languished on an unattractive corner of Route 32 next door to a gas station for far too long.
Now, it’s on the market, which we think is great. For ages, we’ve been hoping someone would come along and wake up this amazing slice of history. Even better, according to a recent Saugerties Times article, the town and the Saugerties Historical Society are working on a set of plans to transform the dilapidated property into a restaurant and add an similiary-styled motel onto the property’s 2.5 acres, as well.
But for now, it’s listed with Win Morrison Reality at $750,000. Here’s a link to a little of the Wynkoop house’s history here.
Just in case you’ve driven past the property and were curious about what it looks like inside (as we have wondered many times ourselves), here’s a little peek:
“Late Night” host and former SNL cast member Jimmy Fallon grew up in Saugerties, and just recently, he tweeted that his childhood house on Overbaugh Street is up for sale. And it’s pretty cute. Property is in the village and includes a guest/rental cottage.
Fallon said that Saugerties was a great place to grow up and hopes the buyer will be “cool”. We’re looking at you, Upstater readership.
102 Overbaugh Street, Saugerties (Westwood Metes & Bounds) GMAP
Asking Price: $210,000
Square Feet: 1780
Year Built: 1915
Land: .5 acres
Features: Guest cottage, fenced-in yard
Lest you think the only Flatbush neighborhood is in Brooklyn, check out the Historic House Tour in Saugerties on May 12. The neighborhood “offers views of the Catskills, old farms, an historic church, and access to the Hudson River all within easy driving distance.” You’ll see a number of 18th and 19th century homes, including some stone houses like the one above. The full roster will be revealed the day of the tour.
Tickets are $15 if purchased before May 5th, or $25 the day of the tour (buy them that day at the QuickChek gas station, 3048 Rt. 9W near the intersection of Rt. 9W and Rt. 32). You can buy them at Smith’s Hardware or the Hudson Valley Dessert Company, in downtown Saugerties, or by mail:
Stone House Tour,
Saugerties Town Hall
4 High Street, Saugerties, NY 12477
(Check payable to Town of Saugerties HPC)
For more info, call (845) 246-2800 ext. 470 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yep, we know — Serpico is not associated with heirloom tomatoes. But in fact the former NYPD whistleblower has been leading a quiet upstate New York life for many years, and is participating this weekend in an event at the relatively new Saugerties Performing Arts Factory.
Reports the Watershed Post: “‘Against the Grain,’ will showcase the foodie side of some of the area’s most noteworthy nonconformists. For the premiere, she’s picked a winner: Frank Serpico, the onetime undercover officer for the NYPD whose uncompromising honesty got him into such a dramatic peck of trouble back in the 1970s that his story was made into a movie starring Al Pacino.”
They’ll be taping a segment, viewable at greenpeastv.com, in front of a live audience, while Serpico and his cohort prepare gnocchi and stracciatella soup.
Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. Call 845.246.SPAF (7723).
I love New World Home Cooking and Ric Orlando. Even before we bought a weekend home nearby, and then finally became full-time Upstaters, we would always go to New World in Sauger-stock when we would visit the area. The atmosphere and the food are always consistently and casually amazing. We also have tried a few of their events. In 2011 we did “Hell Night,” which was a wine and dinner menu featuring some seriously hot and spicy food paired with wines to taper the flame on your tongue and bring out the flavors of the ingredients. It was a terrific experience with Ric leading the night, unique and delicious dishes, and a Sommelier that taught us a thing or two about some fantastic wines.
This Friday, vegans rejoice! Ric is putting together a six-course meal with a vegan wine pairing that sounds so good, I bet I could get my red meat-loving husband to go. Make your reservations today to assure a seat and a desert of German Chocolate sauerkraut cake with candied kumquats. There were still seats left as of last night.
The event is $60/per person and begins at 6:30pm. So tell your boss you may need to leave early to
get to New World make it to your doctor’s appointment in time!
Event: 6-course Vegan Dinner and Wine Pairing
Location: New World Home Cooking
1411 New York 212 Saugerties, NY 12477
Reservations: (845) 246-4822