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Two hours north of the city in the Dutchess County town of Wassaic, you can own an entire 125-acre farm for the price of a three-bedroom Manhattan condo. Known as Avalon Farm, the $2,950,000 property has a nearly 3,000-square-foot contemporary main house, along with a fully functional barn, an in-ground pool and adjacent log cabin pool house, tennis court, and its own stream. It’s definitely secluded, but the farm is a quick drive to downtown Amenia, which is full of restaurants, antique shops, and even a drive-in movie theater.
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Located in the sleepy hamlet of New Hamburg in Dutchess County, separated from the banks of the Hudson River by a mere footbridge, this unique property asking $3.995 million is called Rabbit Island. And if you’re into privacy and water views with an easy commute to anywhere, you’ll want to hop on it. This pretty package includes a 4,427-square-foot house surrounded by decks and tranquil gardens, and it’s a four-minute walk from the New Hamburg train station.
Zen-like tranquility, this way
The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which has the power to increase fares and approve service changes, looks nothing like the straphangers who use the transit system it oversees. A report released this week by the government watchdog group Reinvent Albany found MTA board members are richer, whiter, and more likely to live outside of New York City than riders.
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Lucky for him, this “Lord of the Rings” superfan is a civil engineer who works in construction, so when he had the urge to build his very own hobbit house in the Dutchess County town of Pawling, it wasn’t just a pipe dream. After spending more than six years constructing the residence, and even building it to Passive House standards, Jim Castigan has put the home on the market for $795,000, according to Gothamist. In addition to being built right into a hillside, the home shares other details with its Tolkien inspiration BagEnd, such as faux circular door and geometric patterns etched into the interior concrete.
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This historic 19th century building was once home to a German Lutheran church–and now it’s the site of a super-cool live music venue and recording studio in upstate New York. Located in the charming town of Hudson, at 21 North 6th Street, the space now offers a buyer some unique opportunities. At an ask of $1.59 million, the listing says, “with certificate of occupancy allowing for both commercial and residential use, this remarkable property can also be reimagined and adapted for any number of commercial uses like a concert hall or an event space, a live and work space for artists, or a phenomenal private residence.” One thing’s for sure, the bones of this former house of worship–including everything from a spiral staircase to stained glass–are unbeatable.
Built in 1927 for Andrew Carnegie‘s daughter, the 34,000-square-foot estate in Millbrook, NY known as Migdale Castle was modeled after Carnegie’s Skibo Castle in Scotland. Beginning in 2002, the home’s current owners spent four years renovating its four floors, the 100 acres it occupies, and another 100-acre adjacent plot, giving new life to one of Dutchess County‘s most distinguished estates. Migdale first hit the market for $25 million, making it the county’s most expensive listing, but a recent $8.1 million price chop resulted in the current $16.9 million ask.
This is only one of a few estates still standing in the historic district of the upstate New York town of Tappan, and it’s on the market for $895,000 (h/t CIRCA). Built in 1835, the Victorian home boasts everything from 10-foot ceilings, five fireplaces, wood floors, stained glass made at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and a grand archway in the dining room from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ estate. It’s currently configured as a two-family home, but some TLC and elbow grease could turn this back into an impressive and stately single-family showpiece.
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It’s safe to say this is a home on a property unlike any other. This cabin is located at the base of the Delphi Falls Waterfalls, outside the upstate town of Cazenovia. The property encompasses 60 total acres, with 65-foot and 52-foot falls as well as one mile of creek frontage. The same family has owned it since 1961, and just listed the whole shebang for $925,000. (The main home, with land easements, is also available for $699,000.) As broker Michael Franklin puts it, buying this would be “like owning your own state park.” We agree—this is the property for a New Yorker looking for an escape from just about everything to a completely nature-packed retreat.
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If looking to trade in the chaotic city life for a much quieter, country one, check out this new listing for a farmhouse in Rotterdam, New York. The Georgian Brick Colonial at 322 Wemple Road, known as the Delamont-Wemple Farm, was built around 1760 and is featured on the National Register of Historic Places. As Curbed learned, the home, sitting on over 60 open acres, includes a custom pool house, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and many fireplaces. And it’s on the market for $1.1 million–less than most tiny NYC apartments.
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This humble cottage could be your upstate escape this summer for just $165,000. It’s located in Kinderhook, a town known for its charming downtown and historic sites that include the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. The home, a former cottage built for the town’s cotton mill workers, is located at 4 Railroad Avenue–a short walk from Kinderhook’s downtown. It’s a modest abode with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and some lovely interior details.
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