You want views? Oh, you’re going to get views from this striking Bavarian cottage in the Greene County gated community of Elka Park…
This week on Upstater, we’re plumbing the real estate listings in Columbia and Greene Counties, situated opposite of each other on the Hudson River (Columbia on the east side, Greene on the west). Both counties offer idyllic, rural landscapes, as well as a handful of hip and artsy towns. But, what Greene County has on its side – literally, on its side of the river – are the Catskill Mountains, where Elka Park is located.
We’re a tad obsessed with Elka Park. Situated just south of Tannersville and west of Hunter Mountain, Elka Park is a pristine time-piece from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The private community is home to a host of jaw-dropping summer homes, from ornate Victorians to sturdy Arts & Crafts cottages to this Bavarian-style chalet, depicted below.
A good portion of these houses are seasonal cottages, meaning they’re only suited for warm-weather use. That’s kind of crazy when you consider that a “summer cottage” in Elka Park is, in fact, a multi-bedroom manse with enormous rooms suited for extended families heading up north to the mountains on holiday. Long story short, these are the fanciest seasonal summer cottages we’ve ever seen, and they’ve been kept in impeccable condition.
Furthermore, Elka Park is still a thriving summer community 1,000 acres in size, complete with a clubhouse, tennis courts, pool, and hiking trails. It also offers a lot of privacy, as well as mountain views that will knock your socks off.
This particular Elka Park home is 122 years old but doesn’t look a day over a century. The 3,500-square-foot, 6-bedroom interior includes a sunroom with stained glass and oh did we mention the views? Also comes with original wainscoted wood panels, transom windows, tile and marble fireplace mantels, and wood floors.
Features a wrap-around second-story balcony accessible through double doors, and a rocking-chair front porch. The house sits on a two-acre lot just across the road from the Elka Park Club House. Close to skiing/snowboarding, hiking at Devil’s Tombstone, Kaaterskill Falls, Platte Clove Preserve, Saugerties village, and Palenville hamlet.