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Five Figure Friday: Cornwall Colonial, $77,900

7 mineral springs road cornwall ny

Since there’s no such thing as a five-figure property in Mahopac, we hopped across the river and to Orange County and took a look around in Cornwall. Normally, Cornwall doesn’t have many five-figure properties, either, but we happened to find this cute Colonial that needs some work. Not telling how much, but at some new paint on the outside for sure.  The potential is there, though, and for the price, a buyer with the willingness to get their hands dirty could really spruce it up. It’s also situated on an acre of land.

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Category: Cornwall, Five Figure Fridays, Fixer-Uppers, Less than $100000, Orange County, Rural

By: kandyharris | 10 May 2013 11:30 AM | No Comments

Friday Real Estate Porn: Cornwall Contemporary, $795,000

Perhaps because taxes are so high in the town of Cornwall and its village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, it’s not that easy to find luxury real real estate here. But this one caught our eye. Part of the draw, as usual, is the guest house, but this four-bed, three-bath house is set on 13 acres, yet close to town, which ain’t bad, either. It was built in 1971, and perhaps that wall-to-wall carpeting is a relic from that time. But a couple of updates and you’d have quite an estate. Taxes, not surprisingly, are very high: $13,748. Property Shark has the last assessment at $540,000, FYI.

10 Wood Pond Road, Cornwall (McCaffrey) GMAP
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Category: $750000 to $1 million, Cornwall, Orange County, Rural, upstate new york

By: lisa | 17 February 2012 10:24 AM | No Comments

Contemporary Cornwall Mountain House, $375,000

We like this cool contemporary house at 10 Starwood Lane with the double decks and the giant wall-to-wall windows. But we also love that it includes a lovely in-ground pool surrounded by greenery and basketball/tennis court. Perhaps the potential is here to invent a new game? Tennisball? Basket-raquet?

The house is located at the end of a quiet residential street, separated from the nearest residence by lots of trees. It’s about five miles from the village of Cornwall-on-Hudson and the Hudson River, has a great view of the mountains, and yet still close to the Thruway. And if you’re interested in spoiling a good walk (thanks, Mark Twain!), Storm King Golf Course is just a few miles northeast.

The listing makes the lofty claim that although there are ducts for air conditioning, the house does not need A/C as it sits in the cool shade of a mountain. If that’s indeed true, the potential for energy savings are great, but we do wonder what that means for heating it in the winter-time. Might end up being a wash, savings-wise.

Inside, it has cathedral ceilings and a little second floor balcony off of the master bedroom looking out onto first floor living room. Master bedroom also includes a private outdoor balcony. There’s a fire place in the first floor dining room and a spacious kitchen, but the crown jewel of this house is the bright main room.

View from the second floor balcony...

...and the balcony itself.

We’ve seen a few houses like this in the Cornwall area, where care and consideration was taken in bringing the stunning outside surroundings to the inside. That’s the way it should be with these mountain retreat properties: One should feel like they’re on vacation while sitting one’s living room. It just makes life more pleasant.

10 Starwood Lane, Cornwall (Vanessa Saunders) GMAP
Asking Price: $375,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 2 full, 1 partial
Square Feet: 2076
Year Built: Unknown
Land: 1.3 acres
Taxes: Unknown
Features: Pool, basketball/tennis court, fireplace, double decks


Category: $300000 to $499000, Cornwall, Nature, Orange County, Second Homes, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 17 February 2012 09:07 AM | No Comments

Upstater Destinations: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center

Spring is right around the corner. Or, it’s here already, depending on how you look at things. We haven’t had much snow, and the temperatures have been downright balmy most of the time. Nonetheless, many seasonal attractions in the Catskills and Hudson Valley won’t be open until April. So we’ve decided to include two Upstater Destinations this week: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, which you can enjoy now, and Storm King Art Center, which you can enjoy in the spring.

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, whose mission is to ”create responsible caretakers of our environment,” has two locations. The Outdoor Discovery Center is located in Cornwall, and it focuses on bringing visitors outside to observe the wonders of nature surrounding them. The Center’s programs usually start at 10am, and they have programs scheduled for the winter months. Learn about the Awesome Opposum on February 25th. Or, sign up for the Maple Sugar tours at the Center throughout the month of March, which is prime maple sugaring season. The tour place through the Center’s sugar bush forest, and tours end at the farmhouse for a maple sugar taste test. Dress appropriately. The grounds can be muddy in March. But once winter wanes and April rolls around, the salamanders will be out in full force. You can learn about them and then go in search of them during the Center’s Weekend Nature Program on April 1st.

George Potanovic, Jr.

The museum’s Wildlife Discovery Center is in Cornwall-on-Hudson, and it is the home of the Meet the Animals series, which takes place Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm year-round. There are also a variety of other winter weekend learning programs. Check the website for dates and times. The Quest Hiking Trails are a great way to explore the indigenous flora and fauna of upstate New York, but the trails don’t open until April. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other opportunities at both the Cornwall and Cornwall-on-Hudson locations to get outside before spring rolls around.

George Potanovic, Jr.

Purchasing a membership to the Hudson Highlands Museum is a nice way to save on admission and support a great organization,  but even if you’re not a member (membership gets you in free to a lot of events), admission prices are affordable. Most programs and activities are $5 for adults, $3 for children.

If you’ve never been to the Storm King Art Center, you’re in for a treat. Flanked by picturesque Storm King and Shunnemunk Mountains, the Art Center is a stunning 500-acre outdoor sculpture park, containing around 100 pieces from a multitude of acclaimed artists.

Storm King Art Center

This year marks Storm King’s 50th anniversary, and the art center’s5+5: New Perspectives exhibition celebrates this milestone with ten artists’ sculptures new to Storm King. So even if you’ve experienced Storm King before but haven’t been  in a while, it’s worth the trip back to see the new additions to the park. Additionally, the park is exhibiting The View From Here, which illuminates the rich history and evolution of Storm King through photographs, maps, archival documents and other media. The exhibition also touches on the conservation techniques of artwork that is constantly exposed to the elements, something many of us take for granted while observing these amazing pieces.

Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center is currently closed for the season but will reopen on April 4th. Admission is a bit steep: $12 adults and $8 for kids grades K-12 and free admission for children under 5. Your best bet for seeing the park on the cheap is to go on the last weekends in June, July and August, when the art center offers pay-what-you-wish admission for all visitors. Bikes are available for rent at Storm King for $10 an hour (2 hour minimum), or $40 for the day. Just don’t try to bring your own bikes; they won’t let you ride them through the park.


Category: Cornwall, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Culture, Destinations, Orange County, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 16 February 2012 11:09 AM | No Comments