In general, when an upstate New York real estate listing shows more pictures of the surroundings (and the sun setting over mackerel skies) than the interiors, you should be nervous. But a quick peek inside this five-bedroom Victorian in Gardiner, N.Y. shows no offenses, other than perhaps a bit too much country charm; the decor is a little shabby chic for our taste.
We met a woman who lives in Queens and keeps a second home in Gardiner last week, and she gave it the full thumbs up: rural, quiet, friendly, close to New Paltz if you want a nice dinner or trip to the museum, but far enough away to not be surrounded by drunken hippie college students.
The main problem we can see with this house for sale in Gardiner, N.Y. is that it’s on a busy road–they call it Albany Post Road, but they mean Route 9. Still, it has three private acres, four bathrooms and meadow and mountain views–a bit of traffic might be worth it.
1538 Albany Post Road, Gardiner, N.Y. GMAP
Distance to NYC: 65 miles; one hour, 50 minutes
Transportation: Bus to New Paltz
Land: 3.3 acres