Hunter is, along with nearby Lexington, the Catskills town I’ve spent the most time in, so I’ve been paying particular attention to the bargain end of this area. It seems the Mountaintop has fared better than its southerly cousins during the financial downturn, and real estate values have held up better. Plus there’s always the possibility of using your property as a ski rental to buoy prices. All of which means, when you delve under $100k, you find places like this:
Angels and ministers of grace. A lovely, Miss Havisham-esque old wreck, to be sure, but perhaps a little challenging as a DIY rehab, yes? I’m not even linking to the $70k cabin where the listing merrily states “very damp! Could be mold!” *Shudder.*
Thankfully, there are some more promising entries in the bargain hunt:
First up is a FSBO from Craigslist. It’s a 4BR (!), 2 bath farmhouse on a quarter acre, conveniently located square between Hunter and Tannersville. It’s had a recent (2008), somewhat flavorless renovation, but at least the major systems have been attended to – the owner reports new water heater, floor, windows, wood stove, well pump and high efficiency propane furnace.
It’s on village sewer, and there’s a deck off one of the upstairs bedrooms. With major sleeping capacity and proximity to the slopes, $99k seems like a bargain on this one.
Next up is a traditional ski condo. Not usually my bag, but it’s in good shape and sits just two block from the ski-on/ski-off part of the Hunter slopes.
Yes, okay, it’s bland as saltines despite the somewhat slapdash flourish of the stone fireplace, but I doubt you’ll find a (almost)slopeside condo for less than the $99k they’re asking here.
Sure, it’s a trailer, but the interior has been completely renovated with a sort of Sauna Chic flair which I really dig. It’s located right in the village, and one picture I found showed a dishwasher and washer/dryer.
It also apparently comes furnished. Turn-key! $90k.
Village of Hunter (address unknown) (Timberland)
Asking Price: $90,000
Features: Wood paneling, village location, furnished
This 2BR/2BA cottage is on Route 214, an incredibly scenic drive from Hunter down past Devil’s Tombstone Campground to Phoenicia. The realtor cleverly excludes the worst of the exterior shots that show up on Realtor.com – there’s a bunch of “TLC” needed here.
That said, the angular paneled den and fireplace are charming, and there’s a seafoam green kitchen suite! 1,220 square feet of potential in a great location for $89k.
All right, internet, I almost didn’t show you this last one. Because, to be honest, I am completely smitten with this place and I want it for myself. So promise me that if you buy this place you’ll let us stay there some time, okay? Call it a finder’s fee.
It’s an itty-bitty (650 sq. ft.) 2BR/1BA with cedar shake siding, a half-acre lot and a creek running along the back. Set just off Platte Clove Road, which runs from Hunter/Tannersville straight down the side of a gorge into Saugerties. Convenient to everything but secluded and surrounded by high peaks and state land, with low taxes, lovely wood floors, a big flat lawn and an asking price of just $79k. Swoon.
More pictures of all the properties after the jump!