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In case you haven’t noticed, we now have real estate listings again. Hurray! If you haven’t yet checked them out, you should. We’re still trying to beef it up, but there are already some swell properties listed there, including rentals, like this swingin’ Rhinebeck mid-century modern. It’s been completely renovated, according to the listing, and it’s ready to rent for the short-term or a longer term from Labor Day to Memorial Day. We love that it’s near a pond with a fabulous fountain. If that’s not water enough for you, it also includes a heated in-ground pool. Other amenities: Brand-new kitchen, two fireplaces, flat screen TVs and WIFI. You might even be able to bring your furry companions. Interested? Check out the listing for contact information.
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Want to try out the City of Newburgh before buying? Here is a quaint light and airy studio apartment for rent in the City of Newburgh. Aren’t those ceilings gorgeous? And the fireplace has so many possibilities! The pictures and the listing say it all:
“Beautiful, private City of Newburgh studio apartment available immediately on quiet, clean block- one block from Washington’s Headquarters, City Hall, Orange County Community College, Caffe Macchiato, Newburgh Brewing Company, The Wherehouse, riverfront/ferry. One room studio with separate galley kitchen and full bath(tub/shower). Tin ceiling, new wood floors. Three large windows- with seasonal views of the river- and property gardens. Separate entrance in owner-occupied building, lighted secure off street parking. Includes, heat, hot water, electric, wifi. References and 1.5 months security required.”
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We won’t go so far as to say that this is the perfect Hudson Riverfront Victorian, but it is pretty with lots of drool-worthy aspects: Ornate gingerbread detailing on the front porch, plank floorboards on the second floor, mahogany trim, a little red barn, in-ground pool, and stunning views. The listing says it’s great for commuters because it’s five minutes from the Poughkeepsie train station. Maybe if you were taking a bullet train to get there. It’s actually more like 10 minutes away, but still, not too bad. Oh, and did we mention that it includes a one-bedroom apartment on the third floor?
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Just when we thought we had covered every Hudson River town there is, we remembered the hamlet of Milton, located in the Ulster County town of Marlborough. The first thing that struck us was the great old architecture in Milton, including the old West Line Railroad station. Once upon a time, the station served Milton as part of the West Shore Railroad, a passenger line that ran from Weehawken, New Jersey up north to the shores of the Hudson, all the way to Buffalo. The line was originally planned to run passengers from San Francisco to New York, but it never panned out. Still, we like to imagine how cool it would be if that passenger line existed today. We reckon it would have been quite a lengthy ride from one coast to the other, but a wonderful adventure, to be sure.
Today, the grandeur of the 19th century can still be seen in buildings like the Milton post office and many of the structures along Main Street. Buttermilk Falls Inn, one of Milton’s finer gems, is a piece of Milton history in and of itself: Originally built in 1764, the inn is a popular spot for both luxurious spa getaways and weddings, and the main house is beautifully restored while still maintaining its original 18th century feel.
Milton is located along the west bank of the Hudson River, which, not surprisingly, makes it desirable real estate. Nevertheless, we managed to find some sweet properties that are shockingly affordable, including a few Victorians, a stately Federal-style (one of our featured properties this week, so stay tuned), Colonials, and cottages with the requisite stunning views. Along Main Street, you’ll find some places to get lunch, the public library, banks, and other businesses. A quick drive north takes you to the hamlet of Highland, and a journey of a few miles south will put you in the hamlet of Marlboro. Furthermore, Milton and the town of Marlborough are perfect places to roam if you’re looking for farmers markets. MeetMeinMarlborough.com even provides a farm trail map for your convenience and includes the local wineries. Handy! Chronogram Magazine’s January 2013 edition provides a nifty little Milton guide, as well. Check that out here on the Chronogram website.
Milton and Marlboro are often mentioned in the same breath, since they are both rural farming areas with quaint streets and houses. If we were forced to describe Milton and environs in one sentence, we would shamelessly rip off that one sentence from the Buttermilk Spa website: “A short drive from the city, a million miles away.” That sums things up nicely, we think.
The hamlet of Milton is located approximately 90 minutes from NYC.
Since we got our place upstate two years ago, we’ve met several people who have retired from working but who still live in the city during the week and keep a weekend place upstate. We would like to think that if we didn’t have to be in the city for work, we would be upstate full-time. But for some people, due to money or time or health or lifestyle reasons, the decision to retire upstate full-time isn’t an easy or simple one. Our friend Ellen is currently trying to decide if she’s going to sell her houseboat in Long Island (pictured above) and move upstate full-time. I talked to her about what factors are influencing her decision.
Now this is a lake house. Tons windows to bathe the interior in natural light, a huge deck to enjoy your view of Lake Mahopac, more than enough space in which to roam, a private dock, and a spacious open floor plan for…we don’t know…roller skating? Pick up basketball? Also includes a boat house and a separate lakefront parcel, according to the listing. Lot size is decent for the residential areas around the lake at nearly an acre. Nothing left to do but feast your eyes.
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My name is Susan and I’m a thrift shop addict. I’m also a house junkie, but that’s a story for another day. My roots in pre-loved clothing run deep: every woman on my dad’s side of the family happily brought home bags from their favorite designer, “Madame Sal” (the Salvation Army). My mother was appalled.
Despite her best efforts, I have the thrift shop DNA. There are plenty of great spots for me to get a used clothes fix within half an hour of my Woodstock home. I’m hoping you’ll share some others. Don’t bogart those thrift shops!
This is where you go to find the coolest, wildest, most wonderful vintage clothes you’ve ever seen. The owner’s been collecting and selling for thirty years and if you want it, she’s got it. Got a rock band? Check out the thigh high olive green tapestry high heeled boots. Boas, hats, sequins, velvet – fashion from the twenties to the eighties. Be prepared to spend some time.
Do not miss this shop. And don’t walk in and think you’ve come to the wrong place. There is a deli counter and tables in the front. But walk to the back. Be prepared to be wowed. Vintage shoes, clothes, accessories, all chosen with an impeccable eye. There are some new clothes, too, funky selections from an Israeli company priced in shekels. Have fun trying to convert to US currency.
My go-to thrift shop. It’s close to home, the clothes are in great shape and since, it’s Woodstock, there’s usually something cool and unusual to be found. There’s a special section up front with true vintage finds and prices aren’t low, but they’re no worse than most places. The rest of the store is devoted to everyday cast offs, clothes with a lot of life left in them that need a new home. Most of my closet is Castaways finds.
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Another installment from writer Larissa Phillips, who left Brooklyn for Greene County and shares her tales of bucolic life.
When we lived in Brooklyn, we barely had enough room in our tiny row house apartment for a dinner party. Now that we live in the country, we have horses and can invite friends over for riding.
Every Saturday morning, two friends come over with their kids, saddle up our sweetheart pony Bugsy, and have lessons with our awesome trainer Mia Ferraro from Free Rein Farm in Catskill.
The kids and their moms take care of catching and saddling up Bugsy, and then they head out to the ring with Mia. (Did I know we would need a riding ring when we were house-hunting? No. Make sure you put “riding ring” in your MLS searches!) Read the rest of this entry »
We’re forgoing the usual “What to do on Mother’s Day” post that everyone else seems to be doing (besides, Hudson Valley Good Stuff already put together a great list of Mother’s Day, which was reprinted in Chronogram recently; no point in reinventing the wheel), and, instead, we’re looking ahead to the future one weekend to the Taste of Boscobel on May 19th, 1-4pm at the Boscobel House and Gardens in the Putnam County riverfront hamlet of Garrison. Boscobel will present some of the best food and wine available in the Hudson Valley, including Oliver Kita Catering, Chatham Brewery, East Fishkill Provisions, and the Thayer Hotel. For the cost of a $40 ticket, you are awarded the opportunity to taste delectable, locally-sourced food and wine all in one place while enjoying the picturesque grounds of the legendary Boscobel House while you’re at it. Oh, you’ve never been to Boscobel? This is the perfect way to experience it.
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This gorgeous Victorian is located directly across the street from the east side of Lake Mahopac, which is close enough for us. It’s walking distance to stuff in the hamlet, like the Mahopac Public Library and a couple schools. Lots of great stuff here: Impressive stone fire place, sauna, walk-up attic, detached heated two-story garage, nice looking kitchen…and its own castle. Granted, it’s a tiny children’s castle in the back yard, but still. At least it doesn’t come with a mess of trouble like the Amsterdam castle.
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