• 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms
• 96 acres
• Year built: 1880s
• Square footage: 2,160
• Siding: Clapboard & cedar shingle
• Drilled well
• Heat: Electric baseboard
• Outdoor shower
• Fenced garden
• Renovated 2015
• County: Ulster
• Township: Denning
• School District: Tri-Valley
• SBL: 42.-2-9
• Taxes: School - $5,256; Town/Co. - $3,249
• Listing Price (SOLD): $399,000
I first “stumbled upon” this special property in 2005, soon after I bought my house, and was taken there to pick blueberries. I think they call it trespassing, but we’ll gloss over that. It was love at first sight. The rolling meadows, perfectly symmetrical field form trees, the occasional stone wall, and then the view of the top of Red Hill in the distance. I’d romanticized the idea of that spot all those years ago, and yet when I returned on a warm summer afternoon with my dog to view it in a more official (and legal) capacity, I was smitten all over again. And that was even before I saw the large canvas teepee which shall remain, set at nearly the highest point on the property.
But to put emotion aside, for a moment, this land is special not just for its beauty, but for its accessibility; meaning there are no really steep grades. Since Claryville has a surplus of rugged inclines, it’s exciting that this property has the potential for a building site with a view that doesn’t require a tractor or snowmobile for wintertime access.
Purchased by an artistic couple a few years back, they tackled what had been a seasonal house, upgrading electric, and plumbing, replacing the shingle roof with a metal one, and cleverly insulating under the roof allowing them to expose the old wood planking along the inside ceilings. They ripped out sheetrock to reveal rough barn wood walls, and old pine floorboards. They lent their creative flair to reimagining the eat-in kitchen with clever recesses for plates and cups, and camouflaged the refrigerator. There is a convection oven, dishwasher and induction cook top. That room's wood stove makes a major contribution to efficiently heating the house, which is otherwise heated via electric baseboard. The pantry off the kitchen also includes a laundry area.
The original stone fireplace is the focal point of the living room, and the addition of a "phone booth" with fully functional, antique phone injects a note of whimsy to the surroundings. There are two small guest bedrooms and a half bath off the living room.
Upstairs, the "library" occupies a generous space with a lounge-y vibe and skylight to brighten up the all-wood room. It could double as a large master. Two more bedrooms are off the upstairs hall, with a full bath, featuring claw foot tub and vintage sink. But wait, there's more! A "secret" room off the bathroom, (which is also accessible from stairs in the pantry), is a kind of enclosed loft, which hasn't yet been paneled, with its atmospheric gold insulation wrap adding a funky glow to the space.
Flanked by mature sugar maples, the house sits near the quiet, dead end, country road. The 96 acres spans both sides of the road, guaranteeing no other house within view. Just off the kitchen porch is a fenced garden, handy for gathering your meal's herbs and veggies.
Recent years have seen the installation of a new septic system and a drilled well, while new plumbing was added throughout the house. The property has been deemed excellent for solar and wind energy generation. A metal shipping container has been placed on the property for phenomenal storage space, while a large canvas teepee sits near the highest point on the property, where the views are best.
Portions of the property are registered in a 480A forestry program, which reduces annual taxes. However there are substantial tracts of land that have been withheld from the program, and can therefore be built-upon, including all of the meadows, and areas around the house and immediately across the road. Please call for further details on this.