Five-Figure Friday: A Catskill Home in Need of Major Repairs, $90K

  |  December 8, 2023

Five-Figure Fridays feature homes that need a lot of work. Today’s house in Catskill is deceiving, and not in a great way.

The two-bedroom home in the East Side Historic District was built in 1915 and has a smattering of pretty, vintage details, like the gable brackets at the roofline and above the second-story windows.

The enclosed porch is cute, albeit in need of cleaning. It has a concrete floor and red-painted brick to match the home’s exterior.

The living room needs repairs similar to those at other five-figure properties: The hardwood floors are a little worn, and you can see the lathe in a broken wall next to the fireplace.

What you don’t see in these photos (this is the dining room), is significant bowing and structural problems described in the listing.

It’s truly a shame, since it’s apparent that previous owners did love this older gem. And more-current owners must have, too, given this recently installed floor.

A staircase leans against a wall next to the kitchen, which has a parquet floor and a mix of cabinets.

A second staircase is in a floral-wallpapered hall that has an inlay floor. If this house can’t be saved, we hope the new owners would consider a careful demo with advice from architectural salvagers like Hudson Valley Houseparts to recycle/sell vintage pieces—such as the newel post here.

The stairs lead up to a second-story hall that has a red-painted wood floor. That room off the hall looks bright and pretty.

Tie-rods across the room reveal previous attempts to preserve the structural integrity of the house.

The house has one bath, and it’s pretty tiny.

Overall, the house must have had a history of good memories. And we’re loving that dappled sunlight on the floors.

We’re not sure of the purpose of this room, since it appears to have a sink/vanity like a bathroom would. The walls need an overhaul, as does the linoleum floor.

There’s a petite, raised back deck over a barn door in the back of the house. Like yesterday’s property, this one has just  0.04 acre. But it’s close to the village center, and you can walk to the Hudson River and Main Street shopping and restaurants. The listing brokerage is serious about safety—no offer will be accepted sight unseen, and a “hold harmless” agreement must be signed before entering the house.

But if you’re looking for a major project, find out more about 86 Greene Street, Catskill, from Natasha Witka with Century 21 New West Properties.

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