I like Durham, a town of under 6,000 in Greene County, NY. I found plenty of lovely properties there when I was house hunting, most offering a lot of house for very little money. The area is pristine: ample views of the rolling green Catskills, woods and farms and winding roads and lots and lots of spacious green-shuttered farmhouses.
I ended up buying elsewhere as Durham exceeded my “sleepy” limits. This trim Brick colonial offered by Market Wise realty is in “town,” but town, while very pretty, isn’t much to speak of. That could be a good thing: even downtown Durham has a decidedly rural feel, and the back deck of this townhouse—occupied in the eighteenth century by a Congressman and lawyer named John Adams—offers mountain views. The interior feels appropriately class act: a tasteful renovation of a home that had solid bones in the first place. Wide plank floors, exposed beam ceilings, in “very good” condition, this one looks turn key. As for the location, Windham is a twenty minute drive away, so this could work as a winter rental. My wonderful and trustworthy realtor insists that Cornwallville, NY, a hamlet just to the south of Durham, is an up-and-comer. And perhaps it’s the small town lawyer history, but something about this house just says Atticus Finch to me. What’s not to like?
Asking Price: $129,000
Square feet: 1972
Baths: 2 3/4
Land: .45 acres
Distance to NYC: 139 miles; 2 hours, 48 minutes