Saugerties has a lot to offer – easy Thruway access, an Esopus/Hudson riverfront downtown area with sheltered marinas, and a lovely woodsy sprawl of well kept residential outlying areas that manage a nicely hybridized suburban/rural feel. And fifteen or twenty minutes away is the lovely and ski-y Tannersville/Hunter/Windham area, just up the steep and twisty 23A past Kaaterskill Falls or the closed-every-winter, butt-clenchingly hairpin Platte Clove Road (pro tip: do NOT drive down this road in a 1984 camper van with lackadaisical brakes).
That said, in a lot of cases staying under 100 grand in Saugerties requires some imagination and some courage. So with dauntless, fixer-upper spirit, here are five five-figure Saugerties properties. Details and more pictures of each property are after the jump. From highest to lowest:
A true “handyman special,” this waterfront (!) village home has, according to the broker, been in the same family since 1890. Which is amazing and also somehow a little mournful. Fifty feet of frontage on the Esopus, just below the dam, which means constant white noise for extra deep sleeping. Attention kayakers: your backyard water access here is a couple hundred yards from the Hudson River. There are no interior pictures (whuh-oh) so assume you’re buying the location and the water. $89k.
This is a mobile but looks well-kept and turnkey. Pretty front lawn on 2.4 acres. Half the property is across the street and consists mostly of bluestone quarry, which is either depressing or exciting depending on how you feel about stone, I guess. Imagine the patio you could build, with ulra-local materials! $89k.
Adorable and affordable, this little blue cottage has the distinction of being the first property in a long time that made my wife say “yes, I want it.” Of course, she also looked at the picture of the on-property stream and said “oh look, it even has its own puddle!” $65k.
Another fixer for the staunch of spirit, but my sakes could this be striking when it’s done. A 1965 contemporary with interesting bi-level design (the Zillow link has even more, and more interesting, pictures than the listing agent does) but, since this changed hands for $150k just eight years ago, you have to assume there’s something badly wrong here. Still, it has tremendous potential. $65k.
Lastly, the bargain of the bunch – an estate sale that hasn’t been occupied in over a decade (what is it with Saugerties and mournful backstories?). There’s certainly lots to do, but at this price you can probably afford the reno. Best of all, it’s on Band Camp Circle, so you can spend your out-of-town weekends endlessly repeating “This one time? At Band Camp?” (NSFW). $37k.
This isn’t in Saugerties, though it’s just up 23A, but it’s a Craigslist ad and not listed on Realtor or Zillow which means it may disappear any time. It’s an inoffensive, 20ish year old doublewide on an acre of land and it would sorely benefit from some tree plantings to mask its slab-sided doublewideness. The killer here, though, is the proximity to the gorgeous Kaaterskill Falls. To wit:
Amazing. Just reduced from $130k to $79k and described as “must sell.” Go, waterfall-loving bargain hunters, GO!
After the jump: links and stats for each, plus a big gallery with a bunch more photos. Happy bargain hunting.
121 Manorville Road, Saugerties (C21 Cherrytown) GMAP
Asking Price: $65,000
Square Feet: 948
Year Built: 1965
Land: .38 acres
Taxes: $5,813 (!)
Features: Great design, boundless potential, your contractor would not be bored.
85 Frank’s Way, Haines Falls (FSBO) GMAP
Asking Price: $79,000
Year Built: 1990
Land: 1.0 acres
Features: New roof, deck, septic; close to North/South Lake, walk to Kaaterskill Falls (swoon).