• 3-4 Bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
• Square feet: 3,100
• Acres: 0.92
• Built: 1917, addition from 2008
• Heat: Forced hot air, radiant, electric baseboard
• Fuel: Propane, electric
• Hot water: Electric
• Siding: Wood
• Drilled well
• Cell: Yes
• Internet/TV: Cable
• Town: Callicoon
• County: Sullivan
• Tax Map: 3.5-1.1
• Taxes: Town/Co. $3,971; School $3,839
• HOA: $500 one-time payment, and $150 per year
• Listing price: $439,000
The Church of All Souls, was dedicated by New York Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Hayes back in July 1917 and was de-consecrated in 1970, after which it became a private residence. Those owners added the platform that forms the loft within the great room, utilizing the salvaged communion rail as the bannister. The current owner purchased the property in 1988, and over the years brought the property up to today’s standard, while retaining much of the character and some of the quirks of its former incarnation.
The house is picturesquely set on a lovely landscaped lawn, along a quiet road on Shandelee Mountain. With a couple entrances to the house, the front steps lead into the vestibule where the coat closet is the former confessional! Inside the great room, ie the former church proper, one end includes a bedroom and across the hall a large full bathroom with tub/shower. Ceilings are high and stained glass windows remain throughout. A staircase leads up to the previously mentioned large loft which is currently used as the master bedroom, and which has a full bathroom with shower.
In spite of the soaring ceiling, the main space is welcoming due to the warm beadboard paneling on the walls and ceiling, and from the warm glow that emanates from the incredible stained glass windows (the 10 large windows appraised at $36,000 in 1987 and are currently insured for $50k). A large soapstone wood stove supplements the central heat in making the large room warm in winter. (Propane fired forced hot air heat for the “church” portion of the house installed in 2005.)
The kitchen was seamlessly renovated in 2009, employing similar wood paneling and cabinetry for continuity, but with all the modern appointments like granite countertops, butcher block island and stainless steel appliances. There is an entrance to the kitchen via the driveway, which conveniently has a carport.
Off the kitchen is a room that’s somewhere between a butler’s pantry, with cupboards, counter and sink; and mud room, as it has an access to the back deck and the sunny back yard. It also serves as a transition space to the new wing, added in 2010/2011. One steps down into this new space, a more intimate living room, used as a TV room, with French doors out to the back, and a gas fireplace. There is a light-filled bedroom and modern bath with tiled shower down a short corridor. Stairs lead up to a large loft space, currently a games and lounge area, but easily a fourth bedroom.
And in a moment of whimsy, while the owner was designing the addition, decided to add a bell tower which never existed as All Souls. You can see the velvet rope next to the fireplace. It is rung on special occasions.
A several minute walk down the road is Shandelee Lake, a private lake shared by several owners. All Souls' owner has access to Shandelee Lake, a private lake, through its deed and through membership in the Shandelee Lake Park LLC. One can leave a canoe or kayak, and throw in a fishing line. The depth runs between 10-30 ‘ deep making for your own swimming spot as well. It’s a terrific destination when you want to take a stroll and simply revel in the changing light or enjoy quiet contemplation.
Many of the older locals have shared recollections of having attended Sunday Mass at All Souls, and the owner has met several people who were married here. By all accounts this property has a peaceful vibe and a storied history. Just three miles to the center of Livingston Manor, it’s conveniently located for enjoying the town’s significant offerings.