This week, Upstater is in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia, just north of the Ashokan Reservoir and ringed by wild forests.
Today’s house pick is a two-for-one: a beautiful church building and a four-bedroom farmhouse. Both are clad in beige siding trimmed in great shades of green.
The church’s interior is pristine, with dark wood wainscoting below stained glass windows.
The ceiling is painted tin, curving barn-like over the expansive sanctuary.
The church dates to 1826, and it’s in beautiful shape, from its wood-trimmed windows to the shiny hardwood floor (which might need a light refinishing).
The church basement has a gathering space, a kitchenette…
…and two half-baths.
Between the church and the house is this slim, green courtyard that’s perfect for an alfresco gathering spot.
The house needs some refreshing, starting with the worn-looking front porch.
The floors throughout are original hardwood but need refinishing. The living room has white-trimmed walls, and flows into the dining room.
The dining room has red-painted wood-paneled walls.
We don’t know what happened to the kitchen, but the ceiling is missing. The rest of the room is bright, with white-painted wood flooring and white cabinets.
The entire kitchen needs an update, basically.
The house has a half-bath and a full bath. This is the half-bath…
…and this plethora of purpleness is the full bath.
One of the four bedrooms is being used as an office. It has wood floors and lots of oversized windows.
This bedroom is a little smaller, with yellow walls and red trim (we always think of ketchup and mustard with that color combination).
This bedroom needs repair and rejuvenation. It has a rough-looking wood floor and white walls.
The entire space, inclusive of the church and house, totals 3,563 square feet. Situated right on the hamlet’s Main Street, this location begs for a performance space or other establishment, with room for the owners right next door. Imagine a crowd milling about on a warm night, with the space all lit up so beautifully. And it’s just a one-minute stroll to The Phoenician Steakhouse, or a three-minute drive to the Phoenicia Diner.
If this spot sets your heart aflame, find out more about 22-24 Main Street, Phoenicia, from Briana Cermak with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties.