Image: Hudson Woods by Drew Lang
The megawatt real estate of the Hamptons may be suffering from shrinkage as a new generation of glitterati increasingly chooses the rustic charm of upstate New York instead. Business Insider reports a surge in the popularity of second homes and tourist activity in Hudson Valley and Catskills towns—and a corresponding dip in Hamptons home prices—in 2016.
Is Upstate the new East End?
In a non-traditional run around the local real estate market, one enterprising couple is attempting to sell their Bethel, N.Y. vacation house by inviting buyers to submit a 200-word essay on, ““How would owning the lakefront dream home change your life?” along with $149. Andrew Bares and Kelly Lavorgna had attempted to sell the two-bedroom cabin on five-and-a-half acres at 391 Woodstone Trail twice in the last four years without success, which prompted them to undertake this slightly different angle on the prospective buyer’s “sweetheart letter.” If the contest attracts 5,500 applicants, it will bring the sellers $819,500 for the house (h/t New York Times).
So what’s the catch?
It doesn’t get any more rustic than this log cabin in upstate New York. Located at 1260 Spriceton Road, in West Kill, the home sits on a whopping 18.4 acres of land, which connects to 19,250 acres of a forest preserve. The custom cabin was made in the Scandinavian full scribe style with white pine logs. Inside, you could easily mistake this home for a hunting lodge. And it’s priced less than some one-bedroom apartments in Manhattan, asking $775,000.
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This historic, former school house is the perfect upstate escape, as it’s nestled on five acres of land with access to a private river. Located between three different towns–Saugerties, Catskill and Hudson–the charming building has been comfortably renovated to hold up to four guests. The rustic interior boasts high cathedral ceilings over one big open room, while your surroundings include plenty of places to swim, hike and relax. If that sounds like a dream away from New York City, the property is rentable through Airbnb for $240 a night.
Go inside the school house
Just 90 miles north of the city is Outlier Inn, a 12-acre Catskills farm complete with a recording studio, greenhouse with seasonal produce for sale, pond, and plenty of furry friends (sheep, goats, alpaca, bunnies). 6sqft previously featured some of the funky properties up for rent here this summer– a geodesic dome, 127-square-foot tiny house, and a 1930s farmhouse with its own yoga studio.
The latest offering on the scenic property is this 1953 Spartenette Trailer, which remarkably can sleep four people. In addition to its space age-like metal shape, this vehicle has all the retro touches you’d expect, from teal leather banquets to vintage appliances, and it’s available for $125 night on Airbnb.
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Just in case a tiny cabin with an outdoor kitchen, a geodesic dome, or a 1950s trailer aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy an unconventional country getaway at a Woodbridge, NY farmhouse where a suite of colorful upstairs rooms awaits.
Part of a fascinating property 90 miles from New York City known as the Outlier Inn, the farmhouse, available on Airbnb, includes three bedrooms (available by room for $125 per night, or you can rent the entire apartment) and a yoga room. You’ll also find sheep, goats, alpaca, bunnies and other sweater-bearing critters whose furry coats (with no harm done besides a haircut) get spun into winter accessories in an on-site fiber-arts workshop space, a full-service recording studio, a greenhouse with seasonal produce for sale and a pond on the 12-acre property, plus a nearby lake, hiking trails and park.
Check out the rooms in this just-right farmhouse
Jump on the tiny house bandwagon for few nights with this teensy 7′ x 18′ cabin up in the Catskills. In addition to boasting that cool reclaimed/rustic/cabin porn aesthetic, this little guy is also located on a charming 12-acre farm that comes complete with goats, bunnies, sheep, chickens, a fire pit, and a swimming pond. On top of all of that, at just $125/night, you could invite another two guests to get cozy with you—yes, believe it or not, there is more than one bed sardined into this home!
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Looking for an upstate weekend getaway, but don’t want to deal with the mosquitoes and unpredictable weather that often go with traditional camping? This geodesic dome in the Catskills promises to be an “incredible glamping space,” and its funky design and foodie-focused community only sweeten the deal.
Available on Airbnb for $350/night, the dome is located on a farm in Sullivan County. It has wooden floors and screened-in windows, but you’ll need to BYObed if you have more than two guests. There’s also outdoor double hot showers, a sink, and a clawfoot tub, as well as a full outdoor kitchen with a grill, fridge, sink, and fire pit.
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AW Architects‘ Blue Rock House is an ensemble of buildings suggesting a minimalist dairy barn. Sitting atop a rural hill in the small town of Austerlitz, a three hours drive north from New York City, the project groups a main house, guesthouse and garage, interconnected by a string of beautiful bluestone walls that give the project its name. Its privileged location affords wide-open views out into the Berkshire and Catskill Mountains, and the choice of minimal materials evokes rusticity, elegance and attention to detail.
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A geodesic dome house near the mountains of the Catskills? Yes, it exists. This $1.49 million property at 106 Mountain Laurel Lane, which spans a little more than one acre, holds a house with two very distinct architectural styles. The first is contemporary, which the listing says is inspired by the “lines and modern aesthetic of Frank Lloyd Wright.” Then there’s the dome design, inspired by architect Buckminster Fuller. The two styles were integrated into a 3,300-square-foot home with three bedrooms. Inside, a triangle door from the “contemporary wing” leads you into a geometric space with triangular windows and a pentagon skylight. You don’t see ’em like this everyday.
The listing calls it the DomeHouse and “The Embrace”