Lots of folks dream of an old fashioned farm house in upstate New York...and they don't necessarily fancy tending to the farm with it. So here is a selection of properties we've looked at that might satisfy an old house craving.
1070 Creek Locks Road, Rosendale
The Johannes Van Wegenen House (known as "Wagendaal" on the blue sign) in Rosendale, built in 1669, might be the oldest property we've encountered (apparently Sojourner Truth hid there during Underground Railroad days). It's been lovingly renovated, with some original detail left intact. The price is steep -- $925,000 -- but this is a luxury farmhouse, with a hot tub, pool and barn, along with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It sits on 3.91 acres, and the house size is modest, at 1,594 square feet. Taxes are around $10,000.
950 Woodland Valley Road, Phoenicia
Situated some 4.5 miles south of Phoenicia, this 19th century farmhouse sits on 1.75 acres, with 1,880 square feet, three beds and two baths. It's certainly wallet-friendly, at $249,000, with beautiful beamed ceilings, a wood stove and a lovely kitchen. Taxes are also wallet-friendly, at $3,405 or so a year.
917 King Hill Road, Greenville
This Greenville Greek revival farmhouse is a classic. It has seven bedrooms, 3,200 square feet, a barn, an eat-in kitchen and a formal dining room. Our suggestion: change out the light fixtures and add some counter space for instant charm and upgrade. The property sits on 13.5 acres, with 7 acres of pasture, 2 barns and a couple of outbuildings.
It's no easy feat to find an 18th century farmhouse on two acres in Woodstock for less than $250,000. This one is seriously rustic, but seems to have been lovingly kept up. It might could use a few cosmetic touch-ups here and there, and some additional counter space in the kitchen -- people must have known how to cook very efficiently in the 18th century, judging from the kitchens we often see. It has three beds, one bath and 1,366 square feet, with taxes of $4,500 or so a year. It sits next to state-owned land, so no subdivision going up next door!
WP readers: This week, Upstater editor Lisa Selin Davis continues her collaboration with the Watershed Post, sharing some of the best farmhouse listings currently appearing on Upstater.