Five-Figure Fridays: A Burroughs-Esque Cabin in Esopus for $99k

  |  June 9, 2023

Today’s Five-Figure Friday is dedicated to naturalist John Burroughs. This cabin is under 10 minutes from Burrough’s Slabsides in the nature sanctuary that bears his name.

Granted, this 500-square-foot space has seen better days since its 1920 birth. But it’s got beautiful elements that deserve to be repaired—or replicated—like the wraparound screened porch, stone steps, and stone walls sprinkled around the property.

This side of the property is truly Zen, with its woodsy view and firepit.

The listing advises caution on the front porch, for obvious reasons. And it directs visitors to use the side stairs, because front steps are lacking.

But there’s something to be said about an old front porch, especially one with screens to keep out unwanted buggy visitors. The siding on the house is creamy yellow, with brown trim.

Most of the 500 square feet is in the central room. Wood planks make up the walls here, and there’s an intact wood floor. The ceiling pitches to the roof height, with skinny wood ceiling beams crossing the room.

A freestanding wood stove exists on one side of this big room.

We’re unsure if this was the kitchen or a bathroom, but it surely needs a gut renovation. The house is served by a well, and a septic system in unknown condition. Electric service doesn’t go to the house yet, but it’s within 20 feet of it—another expense, but it’s well worth it.

With all the conveniences this cabin lacks, there’s one thing it doesn’t lack, and that’s a kind of Adirondack-camp charm.

The home’s setting is charming, to be sure.

Stone walls zig-zag throughout the nearly full acre of land, and a stream runs through it, too.

Fresh gravel was laid on the driveway, which winds its way from the dead-end street. It’s a secluded spot, but still only a five-minute drive to Route 9W in West Park.

If this mini Slabsides-esque spot satisfies your nature yearnings, find out more about 58 Cottage Ct, Esopus, from Mary Orapello with Howard Hanna Rand Realty.

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