A Two-Bedroom Fixer-Upper Near Hiking, Kayaking, and a Winery for $85K

  |  November 25, 2022

Happy Black Friday! On this Five-Figure Friday, we’ve got a deal for you in the form of this two-bedroom in the Orange County hamlet of Westbrookville, near the kayak-and-hike-rich Bashakill wetlands.

The house is being sold as-is, to be purchased only with cash or a renovation loan. It was built in 1895 and, to be honest, has had some questionable updates. But some important parts—the roof, well pump, and hot water heater—have all been replaced in the past five years.

It’s not a huge house, at 992 square feet. But that translates to an easier renovation job for the new owner. The entry has this brick wall treatment above peeling floors.

Ok, the dining room’s wall color needs to go, in our opinion. But that floor? If it scrubs up well, then we’d make an argument to maybe keep it as an homage to Midcentury Modern design.

The kitchen floor—along with pretty much the entire kitchen—is begging for a gut job. We’d keep that bay window, though.

There’s a wooden stairwell heading up…

…to a hallway that also desperately needs help. Hudson Valley House Parts is a good source for things like a sturdy, vintage railing to replace that weak (and half-missing) iron one.

The primary bedroom has a big closet and a ceiling fan. The worn path on the floor points out where the bed was located in this room. All of this needs extensive work.

Another view of the room reveals three windows that brighten it up.

This room, done up in a fiery red, has a smaller closet and a shelf/cornice over the window.

The built-in shelving unit, and the worn space on the floor, belie its use as a home office.

The bathroom has the usual parts, in an aqua and white color scheme. Again, the new owner would need to overhaul every room in the house, including this one.

Still, it’s got a solid shell, sitting on a rubble foundation that’s been there for over a hundred years and will most likely stand for another century or more.

The house sits on a 1.6-acre lot, making the $85,000 price tag even more of a bargain. And the property is literally a one-minute drive to hike the trails and kayak past eagles’ nests in the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area, as well as delicious wine and snacks at Bashakill Vineyards. And it’s just 10 minutes to State Route 17/I-86.

If your purse strings are singing out for a deal, check out 1650 US Route 209, Westbrookville, with Laure R. Mantia with Krumpfer Real Estate LLC.

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