A New Benchmark in Off-Grid Living for $415,000

  |  October 26, 2021


Looking for that ever-elusive green space? Go really green with this off-grid home at 203 Ridge Road in Middleburgh. Here, you’ll find the Holy Trinity of dreamy country living: privacy, beauty, and comfort, all wrapped up in a modernized, chic farmhouse that comes with an eco-friendly, sustainable renovation.

The property’s farmhouse dates back to the 19th century, but features a totally-modernized, 1,000-square-foot interior renovated in 2011 and refreshed again in 2019 and 2021.

A bright foyer is warmed by a double-sided, wood-burning fireplace that shares a wall with the great room. The great room itself has soaring ceilings lit with multiple Anderson skylights and windows. Double French doors lead to a beautiful raised deck. For those extra-brisk evenings, or if you crave heat without the fuss of toting firewood, the great room has a propane fireplace opposite the wood-burning one.

The kitchen shares the neutral colors and deep-toned wood floors of the great room. It also has a propane fireplace, along with a giant Big-Ass fan (yup, that’s the brand name) to help circulate air and heat. French doors occupy two opposing walls: One leads to the deck, while the other opens onto an expansive stone terrace. Top-of-the-line Viking appliances, as well as brand-new fixtures and custom cabinetry in the kitchen, fulfill any gourmand’s wishes.


A sliding mullioned door next to a shelved alcove hides a staircase, at the top of which is the second-floor sleeping loft. The roomy space has a vaulted ceiling and skylights, along with built-in Shaker-style cupboards. An open “balcony” in the loft overlooks the living room. For guests, a ground-floor room (with laundry hookups in the closet) is a cozy haven.

There are four acres of privacy amid the eastern Schoharie County woods and meadows, with stunning Catskills views. Committed to preservation of the viewshed around the property, the deed will reflect non-development of the lower part of the property for residential purposes.


A “solar shed” outside is topped with nine solar panels. Inside is an advanced solar-battery system that provides off-grid energy for the home. A 15KW back-up generator is housed in a protected area at the back of the shed.

This property is an idyllic sanctuary; its lucky new owner can rest easy, knowing that nearly everything has been updated to reduce the impact on the environment.

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