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It was really difficult to choose which houses to talk about this week, and since we only had five days, we missed a lot. So, we suggest you check out this place, this place, and this place in Stone Ridge, if you still feel like sticking around. Why did we choose this 1930s farmhouse for our final property? The first three photos after the jump will explain why, but the kitchen and the 12-foot ceilings didn’t hurt. Listing says there’s a waterfall on the property. We want to see it!
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Show of hands: Who likes flea markets? And who likes funky, vintage, quirky stuff? Now, who likes Rock and Roll? If you kept your hand up that whole time, then you’re probably going to want to check out the Rock and Roll Flea Market on Saturday, May 18th in Kingston’s Murphy Center (GMAP). Event promoter Chris Orlando hopes the first-ever event will “give people an alternative to ordinary shopping with an emphasis on local artists and businesses.” And there ain’t nothing wrong with that. Furthermore, the $3 admission charge will go toward the Kingston Police Athletic League Boxing program (you can learn more about that on the PAL website, and it sounds like a very cool program).
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Rustic with just the right amount of quirk and charm is how we’d describe this saltbox, and while the address says Stone Ridge, or Kingston, depending on where you look, it’s actually located closer to Olivebridge, up near the Ashokan Reservoir. No matter. We like it. According to the listing, the current owners of the house, a builder/landscaper design team, have spent the last seven years using reclaimed wood to turn the property into the little slice of fairytale you see before you. We love the landscaping and the wooden fences and trellis. Such a unique property.
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There’s just something about the interior of this Dutch Colonial right in the village of Woodstock. Maybe it’s the interesting little touches everywhere: Exposed white-washed brick, the just-shabby-enough fireplace, the staircase with knotty wainscoting, the bathroom with the huge tub and glass block, and the giant picture window in the living room. The reasonable price doesn’t hurt, either, nor does the prime location, just steps from everything in Woodstock, including the Trailways bus station. We definitely got some “let’s make an offer” twitches in our brains, and we thought we were completely desensitized to those feelings these days. House is a good size, nearly 3,000 square feet, but the lot size isn’t much bigger than that.
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Looking for a summer project? Got a pile of tools you’re dying to use to make something amazing? Here you go: A gorgeous Greek Revival on Main Street in Stone Ridge that needs work. Listing states it was built in 1848 and registered as an historic place, and we love it. It’s impossible to get a good bead on what needs to be done from photos, but based on eyeballing alone, it looks like most of rooms are okayish, with the kitchen looking the most in need. But who knows what lurks beneath the wood floors? Very close to Main Street, which is a well-traveled road, but it’s walking distance to everywhere (including the rock and roll hardware store, right across the street), which will give you the opportunity to test out those new sidewalks we’ve been hearing about.
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Stone Ridge has a preponderance of beautiful old stone houses, including this one, which was built in 1709. For the asking price, we would love to see a bit more of the interior, but we’re also big fans of big barns, which help to make this property even sweeter. Lot size is a roomy 55+ acres, and it’s not far from the center of the hamlet, yet tucked back enough from any roads to offer some privacy. Love that tin roof. Our hearts get all fluttery when we look at old stone houses. It’s sort of akin to the thought of living in a museum, the same reason why we used to love that book about the two kids who run away to live in the Met. Remember that book?
A little word of warning on the taxes: YIKES.
Square Feet: 2,600
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And so begins our week of exploring lovely farmhouses in Stone Ridge, starting with this wee beauty on an acre of land. Packed with charm, it’s tucked away out on Peak Road, about 3.5 miles from the heart of the hamlet. It’s got lots of features we enjoy, like beamed ceilings and nice wood wainscoting. Bright and cheery on the inside, and the stone patio looks like a great place to do some outdoor BBQing and entertaining under the stars during warmer months. Based on the photo of one of the bedrooms, we’re inspired to build a platform for our own bed, which serves to add to the serious coziness of this house.
Square Feet: 1,058
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This month in Chronogram Magazine, there’s a terrific article about witnessing the rebirth of the Ulster County communities of Kingston, Hurley, and Stone Ridge. Reading the article reminded us of how much we adore these neighboring places, and while the city of Kingston’s growth has been covered extensively by a number of publications from here to the five boroughs, the hamlet of Stone Ridge’s evolution from “blink and you’ll miss it” pass-through on Route 209 to a destination in its own right hasn’t been covered as much. Thanks to the Stone Ridge sidewalk restoration project, the town of Marbletown hamlet located less than 20 minutes from Kingston is becoming more navigable by foot. This is great news if you’ve ever been fool-hearty enough to attempt to walk along Route 209′s practically non-existent shoulders.
We’ve always known that Stone Ridge has had its share of hidden gems. It was our Town of the Week back in 2011, and the hamlet’s lovely, well-kept stone houses are certainly no secret. But did you know that you can get some of the best sushi in the county in Stone Ridge? We try to stop at Momiji Sushi and Grill when we’re in the neighborhood. You can’t miss it. It’s located on Main Street right next door to another Asian restaurant, Asia on Cooper Street. Hey, nothing wrong with a little competition. It’s exciting to see new businesses crop up in Stone Ridge.
Although most people know that Stone Ridge is home to Emmanuel’s Marketplace, a great little gourmet food store, what may be less well-known is the fact that the Marbletown Hardware Store, otherwise known as “The World’s Only Rock and Roll Hardware Store”, is also in Stone Ridge. Not only can you get all the quarter-inch screws you need, you can also check out the store’s impressive collection of rock art and memorabilia. Stone Ridge also has a bagel place, B&Bs, a local park on Tongore Road, a gym, Davenport’s farm stand for local fruit and veg, a wine store, a couple of pizza places, a culture and arts center known as MaMa, a rail trail, and easy access to some of the best outdoor fun around. In short, it has everything you need, and now, it’s getting easier to walk to get it. If you’re dying for a chain restaurant or big-box store, you’ll have to head to Kingston to find them.
We adore the housing market in Stone Ridge. In fact, we return to it time and time again, just to drool. Old stone farmhouses, cottages, a few super-chi chi manses, and even an ultra modern here and there lie tucked away within the trees, just waiting to be discovered (or not; we can only speculate at what goodies we’re not seeing). While properties in Stone Ridge are still considered too expensive for most of us, we always find more than a handful of affordable properties.
Stone Ridge is located southwest of Kingston, southeast of Olivebridge and the Reservoir, north of New Paltz, and approximately 1 hour, 43 minutes from NYC.
Megan Oldenburger, aka Upstate Jane, is the owner of Dichotomy Interiors, an Interior Design and Style firm based in Woodstock, NY. She writes for Upstater about design, home furnishings, real estate and culture.
After taking a hiatus from posting on Upstater over the last six months to focus on increasing client work with Dichotomy Interiors, I received an invitation to an opening reception for a property I felt was too intriguing to pass by. Although the home may be out of financial reach for many, the property is worth an ooh-and-ahh eye candy read.
The invitation was not only to showcase an amazing architectural home, but the beginning of a series of homes designed by Marica McKeel of Studio MM, pllc and built by Hank Starr, Builder LLC in Kerhonkson. I happened to know the area after spending time at a clients home for the past few months, which happened to be down the corner and around the bend (so to speak).
After the jump, more about Kerhonkson, and the minimal, modern, sleek mountain home built there. Read the rest of this entry »
Looking to spend half your morning falling down the rabbit hole of five-figure properties? It’s certainly one of our favorite activities. If you want to join in the fun, simply plug “Ellenville, NY” into your property search and set up the price criteria to $100,000-$50,000. It will yield a bumper crop of places like this nifty cottage, located right in the village. The Ulster County city of Ellenville (which also contains the quaint village of Ellenville) was a Town of the Week last year, and it may be one again in the near future, since the market has seen enough to turn-over. Perhaps we’ll even do an entire week of five-figure properties. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, we love this little yellow cutie. Definitely needs some work, but oh, the potential. Lot size is small, a quarter of an acre, but big enough to enjoy the yard.
Square Feet: 1,512