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Hunter Victorian, $479,000

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Elka Park isn’t your typical private residential community. You won’t find ugly McMansions plopped down on clear cut land with a multitude of cul-de-sacs and very little space between properties. Quite the contrary at Elka Park. Located in Hunter, Elka Park is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places with 17 Victorian cottages built between 1890-96. The roads are unpaved. Some of the properties are located on nearly and acre or more. There are hiking trails and waterbodies. And, there’s this grand Victorian perched on a hillside overlooking the mountains. Inside, you’ll find all the details you’d expect from a 19th century Victorian: Bay windows, native stone fireplace, a parlor, double staircase, etc. There are 5 bedrooms on the second floor and 2 bedrooms on the third floor, but really, it’s all about that rounded balcony and the views for us. Also includes gardens and a rustic gazebo. Residents have access to the Park’s clubhouse, pool, and tennis courts during the summer months.

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Category: $300000 to $499000, Gated Community, Greene County, Hunter

By: kandyharris | 4 April 2014 09:30 AM | 1 Comment

UPSTATE JANE: UPSTATER SUCCESS! Meet Local Realtor Eric Amaral

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

Website: www.villagegreenrealty.com

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



Category: Five Figure Fridays, Hunter, Realtors, Saugerties, Upstate Jane, Upstater Success Stories, Woodstock

By: dichotomyinteriors | 19 July 2012 12:00 PM | 5 Comments

UPSTATE JANE: TapNY The Craft Beer and Food Fest is this weekend at Hunter Mountain!

As much as I love wine- and I do, I also enjoy a cool brew.  Especially when the weather warms up! This Festival is huge, and even those that are car-free, can enjoy the weekend with a bus trip from the city to the fest, and back again, via Urban Sherpa and Tapped Enterprises!

For the past 15 years, TapNY has highlighted thousands of craft brews in New York State, and offered up a platform to taste test samples from these breweries as well as local chef’s fare.  It all began with a couple hudred beer fanatics and a handful of craft brewers from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. This year, April 28th and 29th- there are over 70 invited breweries and 200+ samples of beer to wet your whistle.

TapNY is a beer competition, and there will be trophies and plaques to the breweries and brews that most impress the qualified panel of judges. This is not a frat packed kegger party with the prime objection of the day to get wasted. (Don’t get me wrong, last year there was a little of this cheese in the festival, but they did not make up the whole pizza) These breweries are professionals, who take their product seriously and many of the attendees do as well. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a good time though- with music, and food demonstations and some tasty treats to keep you from tipping over from the beer, it is a good way to ring in the spring season with friends. This year The Christine Spero Group will be performing their Brazilian Pop music live on stage, and there will be cooking demos from one of my favorite chefs Ric Orlando of New World Home Cooking, Marcus Guiliano of Aroma Thyme Bistro, and Michael Connolly Jr. from Hyde Park Brewing Company.

You can purchase designated driver tickets if you aren’t drinking, and I recommend comfy shoes and layers. It can be a quite a bit cooler up on the Mountain than it is elsewhere. For a full schedule of the two days worth of events click here.

4/28 thru 4/29 at Hunter Mountain

Ticket Prices:

Advance Sale:

  • Saturday: $64
  • Sunday: $52
  • Two-Day: $105
  • Designated Driver (Sat. or Sun.): $20

Doors open on Saturday at 1:00pm and close at 5:00pm  -  Doors open on Sunday at 12:00pm and close at 4:00pm


Category: Culture, Destinations, Events, Food, Hunter, Music, Ulster County, Upstate Jane, upstate new york

By: dichotomyinteriors | 23 April 2012 11:24 AM | No Comments

Five Figure Fridays! Happy in Hunter

Hunter is, along with nearby Lexington, the Catskills town I’ve spent the most time in, so I’ve been paying particular attention to the bargain end of this area.  It seems the Mountaintop has fared better than its southerly cousins during the financial downturn, and real estate values have held up better.  Plus there’s always the possibility of using your property as a ski rental to buoy prices.  All of which means, when you delve under $100k, you find places like this:

Angels and ministers of grace.  A lovely, Miss Havisham-esque old wreck, to be sure, but perhaps a little challenging as a DIY rehab, yes?  I’m not even linking to the $70k cabin where the listing merrily states “very damp!  Could be mold!”  *Shudder.*

Thankfully, there are some more promising entries in the bargain hunt:

First up is a FSBO from Craigslist.  It’s a 4BR (!), 2 bath farmhouse on a quarter acre, conveniently located square between Hunter and Tannersville.  It’s had a recent (2008), somewhat flavorless renovation, but at least  the major systems have been attended to – the owner reports new water heater, floor, windows, wood stove, well pump and high efficiency propane furnace.

It’s on village sewer, and there’s a deck off one of the upstairs bedrooms.  With major sleeping capacity and proximity to the slopes, $99k seems like a bargain on this one.

10 Clum Hill Road (FSBO/Craigslist) Gmap
Asking Price: $99,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 2
Square Feet: 1,376
Land: .25 acres
Taxes: $2025
Features: Updated systems, central location, deck


Next up is a traditional ski condo.  Not usually my bag, but it’s in good shape and sits just two block from the ski-on/ski-off part of the Hunter slopes.

Yes, okay, it’s bland as saltines despite the somewhat slapdash flourish of the stone fireplace, but I doubt you’ll find a (almost)slopeside condo for less than the $99k they’re asking here.

142-Q4 Hunter Drive (Win Morrison) Gmap
Asking Price: $99,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Square Feet: 620
Land: .12 acres
Year Built: 1980
Features: Community water and sewer, fireplace


Sure, it’s a trailer, but the interior has been completely renovated with a sort of Sauna Chic flair which I really dig.  It’s located right in the village, and one picture I found showed a dishwasher and washer/dryer.

It also apparently comes furnished.  Turn-key!  $90k.

Village of Hunter (address unknown) (Timberland)
Asking Price: $90,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Features: Wood paneling, village location, furnished


This 2BR/2BA cottage is on Route 214, an incredibly scenic drive from Hunter down past Devil’s Tombstone Campground to Phoenicia.  The realtor cleverly excludes the worst of the exterior shots that show up on Realtor.com – there’s a bunch of “TLC” needed here.

That said, the angular paneled den and fireplace are charming, and there’s a seafoam green kitchen suite!  1,220 square feet of potential in a great location for $89k.

3973 Route 214 (Gene Gordon) Gmap
Asking Price: $89,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Square Feet: 1,220
Land: .30 acres
Year Built: 1919
Taxes: unk.
Features: Fireplace, garage


All right, internet, I almost didn’t show you this last one.  Because, to be honest, I am completely smitten with this place and I want it for myself.  So promise me that if you buy this place you’ll let us stay there some time, okay?  Call it a finder’s fee.

It’s an itty-bitty (650 sq. ft.) 2BR/1BA with cedar shake siding, a half-acre lot and a creek running along the back.  Set just off Platte Clove Road, which runs from Hunter/Tannersville straight down the side of a gorge into Saugerties.  Convenient to everything but secluded and surrounded by high peaks and state land, with low taxes, lovely wood floors, a big flat lawn and an asking price of just $79k.  Swoon.

200 Dale Lane (Unique) Gmap
Asking Price: $79,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Square Feet: 672
Land: .50 acres
Year Built: 1926
Taxes: ~$1600
Features: Shake siding, creek

More pictures of all the properties after the jump!

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Category: Five Figure Fridays, Greene County, Hunter, Less than $100000, Tannersville, upstate new york

By: procrastinet | 10 February 2012 11:40 AM | 2 Comments