Welcome back to Five Figure Fridays! Today we’re turning our bargain-hunting eye westward, to Sullivan County. Not as mountainous or foresty as the Catskill Park/Greene County area, not as homogeneously pretty as Dutchess/Columbia, Sullivan has clearly felt the financial downturn severely and real estate prices show it. Taxes seem to be on the rise – properties in Liberty (which will get is own FFF spotlight in coming weeks) look like they’ve seen taxes jump 300%+ in the last three years. You’d want to get to know the areas to see if they fit your preconceptions of an upstate getaway, but the values are spectacular compared to Sullivan’s tonier cousins.
Details and more pictures of each property are after the jump. From highest to lowest:
First, a cedar-sided village charmer in the wonderfully-named riverside town of Callicoon. Three bedrooms and some recent renovation work – shake siding, architectural shingle roof – plus a non-tiny .6 acre lot. Adorable rocking chair front porch (complete with rocking chair!), although you’re right up against the road in true old-school neighborly fashion. The realtor’s listing includes an attic photo, which is kind enough to show there may have been some leakage around the chimney. $99(.9)k, so this one just makes the cut.
Sitting on a big, manicured 1.4 acre lawn is this unassuming Hortonville 3BR. It could use some refreshing of the interior design but everything looks relatively clean and ship shape. There’s even an “outbuilding” which could serve as the world’s most bootleg guest cottage! $89k
This one requires some imagination and a rugged, outdoors-y mentality, but: 48+ acres for less than $80k. I know. I can’t believe it either. It’s right up against Rt-17 (the future I-86) but with almost 50 acres to work with you can find a spot far from the highway. Bring your friends! Erect a yurt! Buy an Airstream (here’s one for $4750 on Craigslist) and camp off the grid! The possibilities are endless. $79k.
Here’s a lake cottage in South Fallsburg which has had some renovation work done recently (which, if we’re being honest, has a pretty DIY vibe). It’s part of the Pleasure Lake Hunting Club, with deeded lake access, and if GMaps is accurate then this is pretty darn close to lakeside. It’s a tiny lot, at .11 acres, but the seller is offering (always potentially sketchy) owner financing! Has been on Zillow for more than a year and a half. $69k.
Finally, I know. I know. It doesn’t look like much, but stay with me here. First of all, it’s on 2.7 acres for less than forty large. BOOM. Second of all, visit the gallery to see the rest of the pictures – this place is actually really cute inside. Biggish at 1300 sq ft, with three bedrooms, a 70s-tastic kitchen (please, nobody renovate this kitchen) and big living room. The outside may be more Breaking Bad than Gilmore Girls, but a place with some offbeat charm on a real plot of land at this price is impossible to dismiss. $39k (I mean, really).
After the jump: links and stats for each, plus a big gallery with a bunch more photos. Happy bargain hunting.
Note: there seems to be some inconsistency with several of these addresses. Zillow and Google Maps disagree on a number of locations, plus Sullivan County can’t seem to decide where one town ends and another village begins. Street addresses should be considered approximate.
6 Mountain View Drive, Callicoon, NY (Freda) GMAP
Asking Price: $99,900
Square Feet: 1,152
Year Built: 1920
Land: .6 acres
Features: rocking chair porch, stone patios, village location near the river
Martin Road, Parksville, NY (Coldwell Banker Lazier) GMAP
Asking Price: $79,900
Square Feet: 0
Land: 48.01 acres
Features: Timber, wetlands, highway frontage, almost limitless space for an Airstream
9 Keener Lane, South Fallsburg, NY (Resort) GMAP
Asking Price: $69,900
Square Feet: 1,152
Year Built: 1930
Land: .11 acres
Features: Lake community, lake rights, enclosed porch.
Winkler Road, Mileses/Fremont, NY (Freda) GMAP
Asking Price: $39,000
Square Feet: 1,304
Year Built: 1920
Land: 2.7 acres
Features: Large lot, woodstove, ~$175/month mortgage payment
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