Mountaindale, a small hamlet in the town of Fallsburg, Sullivan County, has experienced a mini-renaissance over the past several years. On this Five-Figure Friday, here’s a home that’ll bring you within a mile of Mountaindale’s shops, restaurants, and popular Second Saturdays.
The 1,095-square-foot house has three bedrooms and one bath. It looks solid, although fairly non-descript on the outside.
Enter through a front door—that’s badly in need of refurbishing—into a roomy living room. The hardwood floor in here looks pretty decent; a lighter paint color on the walls would do wonders to brighten the space.
The living room is much cooler than you thought, right? There’s a two-step rise onto a landing that switches over to the staircase upstairs, with a column that would be snazzy with a good sanding and scrubbing. An even bigger surprise is the big, stone fireplace anchoring the living room.
The fireplace covers the entire width of the living room. It’s got a bluestone hearth, a built-in floating mantel…and a side window to satisfy your Gothic dreams.
A dining room with lots of windows is right off the living room, with the same hardwood floors.
The cabinets in the galley-style kitchen look sturdy, but to be honest, we’d probably redo the whole shebang if we were the new owners. The kitchen door leads to the back deck that spans the width of the house.
The upstairs bedrooms are large, and have hardwood flooring that could stand to be refinished.
The walls probably could use some attention, too.
The bathroom is surprisingly big, but—in our opinion—it needs an overhaul to look less…what’s the right word? Institutional?
The staircase to the basement isn’t creepy at all, right? Or are you getting Blair Witch vibes, too?
Once you reach the bottom, your fears won’t abate. There’s a lot of work needed down here; water damage was most likely the culprit of those missing ceiling tiles, and the wood paneling belies a similar fate. But we couldn’t help noticing that carved pillar/bar table: We’d find a way to preserve that. The full basement has a door outside; a laundry room; and a utility room.
The back deck is enclosed by latticework underneath, with an arch leading to the fully fenced third-of-an-acre property.
A few apple trees in the side yard are pretty and productive, too.
If this fixer-upper suits your fancy, check out 7 Cannon Boulevard, Mountain Dale, with Melinda White of Keller Williams Realty. But be quick about it; the house has been on the market for only nine days, and with this price and location, it’ll be snapped up soon.