Happy Five-Figure Friday! Upstater is in reservoir territory today, at a house with tremendous potential in West Shokan, Ulster County.
This house was built in 1861 and has more than 2,000 square feet inside. The roof on the front of the house is tarped, and the “as-is” condition adds no guarantee that necessary systems like the well, septic, electric, and plumbing are in prime shape. But the house deserves a second look, from its wide covered porch to its cedar shakes and the upper-level dormer.
The living room has commercial vibes with what looks like a bar along one wall.
The main level sprawls out with a lot of space for reimagination.
This cast-iron wood stove sits on a paver pad with a brick chimney behind it.
This looks like it was a bedroom, with wallpaper and carpeting that have seen better days. But that picture window brightens the space.
The kitchen is big, but like the rest of the house, it needs an overhaul. White cabinets are topped with blue countertops; a modern gas range sits next to a vintage piece that deserves to stay, even if only as a decorative showpiece. The wagon-wheel chandelier is a real throwback, too.
The main-level bathroom has 1970s vibes, with shuttered, bifold doors, a vinyl tile floor, and wood paneling.
The wood paneling continues in this laundry room, which has a spare fridge.
Go up the stairs to a green-carpeted hall.
A rustic stone fireplace is a nice surprise in one of the bedrooms up here. Through the door, you can see the second bedroom, which—unlike the wood-paneled walls here—is painted robin’s-egg blue.
The last bedroom has tired-looking floral wallpaper and a dirty carpet, but it also has angled lines and a nice-sized window that add character.
There’s a full bath up here, too—although it probably needs updating, it’s good to know the plumbing exists (or has existed) up here.
The backyard has outbuildings for chickens, tools, and toys. The property totals one acre, and it’s just 15 minutes to the Ashokan Reservoir.
If this project house has you rolling up your sleeves, find out more about 280 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan, from Ronnie M Rebis with Grist Mill Real Estate.