This Dairy-Dynasty Delhi Mansion has Luxury Potential, $285K

Welcome to the Fry House, a c.1815 Victorian that once belonged to the heir to the Meridale Dairy dynasty…

History buffs will appreciate that this property was the summer home of Anna Ayer Fry, daughter of the founder of Meridale Dairy, New York’s largest dairy supplier at the turn-of-the-century. Meanwhile, all of us can appreciate that this is a big house with lots of original features situated in a quiet, rural setting at a rock-bottom price. We’re talking $95-per-square-foot rock-bottom.

Situated in the hamlet of Meredith in Delaware County, NY, this vintage Victorian is a voluptuous six-bedroom home with 3,000 square feet of interior space. It also comes with period details like front porch wainscoting, arched transom door, stone work, built-in hutch with original hardware, fireplaces, and its crowning glory: Two-story glass-enclosed porch.

Oh, and did we mention hardwood floors and moldings, too? There’s a lot of charm that comes with this old house, and with some thoughtful and modern upgrades, this could be a luxury home, much like the ones we’ve been featuring all this week on Upstater. Looking for more homes like this but priced under $1 million? Check out this one, this one, and this one.

Or, you could turn it into an inn or B&B, kind of like it used to be back in its earlier days. The location certainly appeals. It sits on a bucolic 1.3 acres in central Delaware County, less than 10 minutes from Delhi village. The second floor sunroom looks  west over Meridale Valley and the Ouleout Creek, and, according to the listing, the Fry House is part of historic Meredith Square, which seems to be experiencing a revitalization with the reopening of the historic Meredith Inn, a brewery nearby, and many farm-to-table projects in the area.

In the meantime, this house includes six bedrooms, one of which plus a bath is on the first floor. The other five bedrooms and three more baths are on the second floor.

Additionally, the property comes with a separate 2-bedroom cottage, and a spacious 3 bedroom home on the adjoining lot, both currently rented out.

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Is the Fry House about to become Your House/B&B? Find out more about 51 Saw Mill Road, Meredith from Keller Williams.

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