• 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
• Semi-circular drive and portico
• Square feet: 2,860
• Built: 1930
• Restored: 1997
• Acreage: 7.85
• 900 feet trout stream frontage
• Breakfast nook
• Drilled well
• Septic system
• Floors: Original oak
• Roof: Architectural shingles, 2001
• Heat: Radiator
• Fuel: Oil and propane
• Water heater: Oil
• Siding: Wood
• TV/Internet: Cable
• Town: Callicoon
• County: Sullivan
• Taxes: School $3,478, Town/Co. $4,645
• SBL: 13-1-36
• Listing price: $399,000
Shandelee is a storied road that cuts through the heart of Sullivan County, connecting the sleepy town of Youngsville to vibrant Livingston Manor. It's on this pretty path, along trout-friendly Panther Creek, where the Menges family founded this Colonial Farmhouse in 1930. Their small farm furnished fresh vegetables, fruit and dairy to a resort they ran at the top of the hill.
Colonial Farmhouse remained with the Menges family for decades, then was used a boarding house until the late 90s, when it was sold and elegantly restored to the 5-bedroom, 2-bath single family residence it still is today. With nearly 3,000 square feet of living space neatly divided into 11 spacious and light-filled rooms, and almost 8 acres of prime, stream-front land, there's plenty of room to spread out. But if you wanted to even more space, note the fixer-upper barn just across Shandelee road. If you count the two small coops and the 2-car garage, there are five buildings that come with this property.
As easy as it is to get lost in the setting - an eye-popping expanse of lush, green lawn, an outdoor dining option on the bluestone patio, the gurgling allure of Panther Creek in the backyard, ripe apples and pears from well-established fruit trees - the house itself really is the main attraction. Enter one of four ways, all serviced by a semi-circular paved driveway. Most times you'll enter through the mudroom, strategically located between the garage and the kitchen. If it's raining, you can use the portico entry into the living room, or guests will ring the bell at the front door. There's also a set of French doors leading into a cheerful sunroom.
When the kitchen was renovated in the 90s, it featured a custom, white Sub-Zero refrigerator that was nearing its end when the current owner purchased the house 17 years ago. It seemed like such a brilliant idea, they had it replicated by the manufacturer. They also updated the substantial island workspace with a beautiful taupe Caesarstone countertop.
Just off the kitchen, through an arched doorway, is a little breakfast nook and the perfect set of windows for birdwatching over coffee. For slightly more formal events, a large dining room is just around the corner. Or relax with a beverage in the well-proportioned sunroom, whose ample windows overlook the longest span of the lush, green yard.
The front door marks the line between the living and dining rooms, which span the full front width of the house. A generous stone fireplace anchors the far end of the living room, and next to the fireplace, the exit to the portico. Original old-growth heart-pine woodwork, and aged oak floors have been lovingly cared for over the years, and provide a warm counterpoint to the white stucco walls throughout the house. Along the back hallway, you'll find a large, full-size bathroom, as well as a large bedroom currently set up as an office.
The upstairs bathroom may be the most impressive room in the house - and that's saying a lot! A glass shower occupies the center of room, around which is an oversized vanity and dreamy Victorian mirror, a luxurious soaking tub, and a dressing area. Just outside the bathroom is the master bedroom - a space large enough to add another bathroom if desired. Further down the hall are three more bedrooms - two are standard sized, and the smaller one would fit a twin or full-sized bed. Oh, and all of the house's closets are lined in cedar!
Colonial Farmhouse offers an ideal location - Youngsville sits between Jeffersonville, North Branch and Livingston Manor. You could easily venture to any of these quaint towns for supplies, meals or entertainment - or simply opt to catch trout in your backyard and cook it on the grill with veggies from your garden.