From the Listings: “New Old House” in Bethel, $765,000

  |  October 11, 2012

This house was designed by one of our favorite builders, The Catskill Farms. You’ve read about them here before — they make “new old” houses, places that borrow from the best of traditional architecture but with modern updates; the charm of an old house, the low maintenance of a new one. You get the idea.

This one, a five-bed, 4.5-bath modern farmhouse, is a resale — the owner says her job has changed and she needs to let it go. If you’re looking for “a change of pace, surrounded by nature and living in a home that looks like an old farmhouse but because it was built in 2006, doesn’t require the work of an old farmhouse,” then you’re the buyer she seeks.

Bethel, you’ll note, is a very low-key part of Sullivan County, home to the original site of Woodstock, which is now a concert venue and museum. But it has a luxury gated community, Chapin Estates, where this home sits. “Amenities,” the listing readers, “include access to two motorized lakes, hiking trails and access to the members only Lake Club (with outdoor heated pool and state of the art gym) and year-round concierge.” The place doesn’t sound too bad, either: “Reclaimed wood used to make the staircases, sliding barn doors and wide plank floors. There are unique light fixtures and old-fashioned radiators. The living room has vaulted ceilings and a breathtaking floor to ceiling stone and wood fireplace!”

See the full listing here.

If you go see it, tell ’em Upstater sent you.


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