Chapin Estate Contemporary Farmhouse, $699,000

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When it comes to gated communities in Sullivan County, they don’t get much tonier than the Chapin Estate on White Lake in the town of Bethel. The exclusive, luxury community is home to this modern-day farmhouse built by Catskill Farms (builder of Country Living’s House of the Year). Catskill Farms does fine work, so it’s no surprise that this is a beaut. It’s all about wide open spaces here, with soaring ceilings and over 5 acres of land. Depicted above is the back of the house, which we liked better than the front only because of the stone foundation and porch. We won’t keep you in suspense anymore about the Chapin Estate. Perks include two lakes, a clubhouse with pool, and trails, all about 90 minutes from NYC. We also found this property today, also in the Chapin Estate, going up on the auction block September 9. That one looks to worth over a mill. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: $500k to $750k On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Gated Community Lake Rights Sullivan County

Town: White Lake

By: Kandy Harris | 27 August 2014 10:00 AM | 1 Comment

Take a Peek Inside Hotel Tivoli

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The Madalin Hotel, now Hotel Tivoli

Visitors to the village of Tivoli in Dutchess County would be hard-pressed to find a more recognizable landmark than the Madalin Hotel located right in the center of town on Broadway. But two years ago, when the hotel and popular accompanying restaurant, Madalin’s Table, closed down, it created sort of a black hole in the middle of everything. Thankfully, painters and Tivoli residents Brice and Helen Marden bought the place and transformed it into the Hotel Tivoli, a 10 room boutique hotel, and opened the Corner, a 100-seat restaurant where Madalin’s Table used to be. And thanks to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, we get to take a look at the inside of the new hotel. We won’t keep you in suspense any longer: We absolutely love it. It’s fresh, modern, and bright with lots of retro touches. And, of course, the restaurant seems promising, too, and leans into Moroccan and Mediterranean flavors, so says the article. Sadly, we can’t post picture from the article’s slideshow because we don’t like to get in trouble, so you’ll have a look for yourself at what’s happening at the new Hotel Tivoli. What’s the verdict? Do you love it, or do you LOVE it?

Categories: Accommodations Upstate Living

Tags: Dutchess County Hudson Valley Tourism

Town: Tivoli

By: Kandy Harris | 26 August 2014 03:30 PM | No Comments

Bearsville Converted Barn, $1,600/mo.

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This Bearsville converted barn is right up our alley in terms of design sensibility: It’s simple and inviting with a touch of rustic charm and just the right amount of Bohemian minus anything hippy-dippy. There’s almost a Mediterranean villa kind of feel to it, what with the kitchen that practically begs you to cook in it and the tiled floors. Includes both a bluestone fireplace and a woodstock, which should keep much of the house cozy during the colder months. It’s located just outside of Woodstock in the hamlet of Bearsville, close enough to Woodstock for convenience’s sake but far enough away to feel like it’s in the country. Available starting December. On a somewhat unrelated note, has anyone else noticed a subtle downward shift of rental prices in Ulster County of late? Is it because the summer season is over? Is it because folks looking to rent just couldn’t afford Ulster and began to look further north, prompting landlords to drop their prices? Or is it just wishful thinking on our part?

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Categories: Rentals Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Converted Barns Ulster County

Town: Bearsville Woodstock

By: Kandy Harris | 26 August 2014 01:30 PM | No Comments

White Lake Bungalow + Cottages, $179,900

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Everything about the interior of the house, while cute, seems to channel people outside to play. That’s how a weekend house should be: Comfortable enough inside that it’s nice to sleep in, but when the sun comes up, you’re on the deck. This bungalow comes with a nice outdoor sitting area, plus two other seasonal guest cottages on the near-half-acre property. We can’t tell you what they look like, because there don’t seem to be any pictures of them with the listing. Main house includes a sauna. If you’re cool with living in a lake community (east side of White Lake, just up the road from the Bethel town offices), this could be an intriguing prospect. It’s almost walking distance to the Trailways bus stop on CR 117.

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Categories: $100k to $199k On the Market

Tags: Catskills Sullivan County

Town: White Lake

By: Kandy Harris | 26 August 2014 10:00 AM | No Comments

Irish Ambassador to Visit Kingston Aug. 30

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Irish Ambassador Her Excellency Anne Anderson will be paying a visit to Kingston this coming Saturday, August 30th. She will be honored at a reception that day, which will also double as a fundraiser for the construction of a new Irish Cultural Center. The reception will be held at the SteelHouse on the Rondout in Kingston. The new center will be built on land that once was home to the D&H Canal Headquarters. “We think of the center as a mini university open to the entire Hudson Valley – a place for anyone interested in Irish culture and history to experience – the best in traditional and contemporary Irish music, dance, literature, crafts, and sports,” said Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley president Robert Carey in a press release issued by the ICCHV. The reception and the visit by the Ambassador coincides with Kingston’s biggest Irish festival, the Hooley on the Hudson, which takes place the same weekend. Among local potentates and elected officials, Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy will also be on hand at the reception, which takes place from 6:30-8:30pm on Saturday. Find out more about the reception and the Hooley on the ICCHV website.

Categories: Events Upstate Living

Town: Kingston

By: Kandy Harris | 25 August 2014 03:30 PM | No Comments

Enchanting Bethel Craftsman, $385,000

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It looks downright cottagey from the pictures (which certainly would never be a deal-breaker for us), but the listing assures us that it’s a roomy 2,400 square feet. What’s more, it’s on 10 luscious acres of land (yes, we call land luscious around here at Upstater) and includes plenty of outdoor patio/entertaining space as well as a hot tub, not to mention the cutest little log cabin outbuilding. Location-wise, we like where it’s sitting. It’s 5 minutes from Bethel Woods, and it’s practically walking distance to Lake Superior State Park, which is a great place to take the kids for a swim in the summer time. Lastly, but not leastly, it’s less than 2 hours from NYC.

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Beds: 4

Baths: 2

Square Feet: 2,440

Lot Size: 10 acres

Taxes: $6379

145 Dr. Duggan Road, Bethel (Eagle Valley Realty) GMAP

Categories: $300k to $499k On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Lots of Land Sullivan County

Town: Bethel

By: Kandy Harris | 25 August 2014 01:30 PM | No Comments

Back to Bethel Week

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Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm in Bethel, Sullivan County

For three days in August of 1969, Max Yasgur’s farm in the sleepy, rural Catskills Mountain town of Bethel in Sullivan County was transformed into a gathering place for peace, love, music, and, of course, mud. Lots of mud. As the 45th anniversary rolled around in mid-August, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts celebrated the event with a screening of the documentary Woodstock and hosting a “Hippie Thanksgiving. And we might be a few days late for the actual anniversary, which was August 15-17, but we’re going to celebrate, anyway, in our own Upstater way: By looking at properties in Bethel, Sullivan County this week. Here’s the lowdown, courtesy Realtor.com:

*Average Home Price: $274,366

*Average Sale Price: $217,850

*Average Price per Square Foot: $144

In our search, we found the goods in the million dollar range all the way down to five-figures. What you’ll find in Bethel is a couple of lake communities, White Lake, and Smallwood. You’ll find Bethel Woods if you need to take in a show. There’s no real town center in the hamlet of Bethel itself, but there are businesses and restaurants closer to White Lake, and Monticello is about 15 minutes away. If you’re coming from the city, Bethel is less than two hours away if traffic cooperates. The rural nature of Bethel hasn’t changed much since those heady hippie days in 1969, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still find some peace and love up there in the Catskills. By the way, if you’re considering a lakefront or lake rights house, check out realtor David Knudsen’s article on lake houses in Sullivan County. It’s an excellent starting point.




Categories: On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Sullivan County

Town: Bethel

By: Kandy Harris | 25 August 2014 10:10 AM | No Comments

Beacon Cracks Down on Short-Term Rentals


Usually, we get good news in our email inbox, but sometimes, the news is not so great. Like the alert we received from a loyal reader who let us know that the Beacon city council is set to review new short-term rental regulations that could, in our eyes, essentially kill the idea of the private residence vacation rental in the Dutchess County city. Here are the distressing highlights, courtesy our our aforementioned loyal reader:

“*Home who wish to rent to guests temporarily must be owner occupied during any rental period. For example, a family would not be allowed to rent their home while on holiday.

*Home who wish to rent to guests temporarily would have to acquire a valid NYS sales tax ID. The city of Beacon will essentially be requiring you to start a business if you want to rent your home for any period of time.

*Homes who even periodically do short term rentals would have to get special authorization from the Building Department every 2 years and would be subject to an inspect every 2 years to re-validate their certificate of occupancy.

*Short term rentals would have to have at least 3 off-street parking spots.”

If you’re interested in watching the entire city council meeting where the regulation is discussed, you can find it here. Here’s the regulation in its entirety. And, as always, we would love to hear your feedback on this.

Categories: Rentals Upstate Living

Tags: Dutchess County Hudson Valley Tourism

Town: Beacon

By: Kandy Harris | 22 August 2014 03:30 PM | 2 Comments