New York City real estate got you down? There’s nothing more refreshing than perusing properties upstate, which have plenty of history and charm for loads less money. Exhibit A is this “old stone meeting hall,” an 1810-era home that was originally built as a Presbyterian church in the town of Barneveld, New York, at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The current owners purchased it back in 1970 and converted it to a single family home, and the result is a wonderfully warm, quirky and historic house. And yes, this five-bedroom home, which sits on .45 acres of land, is only asking $274,900.
Fun historic fact: the pair of red entry doors were traditional for a church of this era–there was one designated for the ladies and one for the gentlemen.
The interior is definitely rustic, with the original plank floors, exposed brick, pocket doors, stained glass door panels and a propane stove in the living room.
While preserving the interior details, the owners have updated mechanicals such as insulation, windows and utilities.
The eat-in kitchen was part of the renovation. That bright red, wood paneled island definitely plays into the rustic vibe of the house.
In addition to the eat-in kitchen, there’s a dedicated dining room. This is all part of the first floor.
As part of the reno the second floor was totally changed to include a wrap-around balcony with an open area large enough for a game room, five bedrooms and two full bathrooms.
There are two outdoor spaces, a screened-in deck and an open-air patio, to enjoy the surrounding land. (We’re guessing those trees look even better this time of year.) From this vantage point, living upstate in an old stone house looks pretty nice indeed.
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Photos courtesy of CIRCA/River Hills Properties
Neighborhoods : Barneveld