September has come to an end, and here at Taft Street Realty, it’s another month gone by of helping our clients move into their dream homes and move onto the next exciting chapter of their lives here in Ulster County. Let’s take a look and see what the Taft Street team was up to this month, shall we?
570 Manorville Road, Saugerties
570 Manorville Road in Saugerties closed on September 8th, 2016 for $290,000. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom contemporary ranch sits on over 1 acre of private, wooded land in the Catskill Mountain range, making it the perfect mountain retreat to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The interior of this modern styled ranch has a European contemporary twist, open floor plan and lots of light streaming in from the back deck. Simple and minimalistic details make the home modern, yet exposed wood beamed ceilings in the living room bring in some touches of rustic country; a perfect blend for an upstate home.
This area of Saugerties makes for a great homebase for outdoor enthusiasts, especially for skiers and snowboarders, because of the proximity to Hunter Mountain and the Kaaterskill Wild Forest where you can ski, hike, bike and swim until your heart’s content. In fact, previous owners saw this home’s potential and regularly rented the property as an AirBnB while it was not in use by them and were able to cover taxes and utilities on the property!
433 Old Route 209, Hurley
433 Old Route 209 in Hurley, NY closed on September 16th, 2016 for $195,000. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom split level home had the perfect amount of extra space that buyers were looking for, with spacious, open rooms and over half an acre of semi-private land. The kitchen was newly updated, with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances and the bathrooms had recent renovations as well. Between the drive-under garage and the large shed in the backyard, there’s plenty of places for extra storage here as well. The backyard features tiered decking and garden beds that will help transform the backyard into a ‘secret garden’ with the right type of landscaping.
Hurley is a very historical community, first settled in the mid 1600’s by groups of Dutch and French settlers as an agricultural outpost for the nearby city of Kingston. Still to this day, as you drive down the streets of ‘Old Hurley’ and see the old stone homes speckled amongst the rolling hills, it doesn’t feel like much has changed since the settlers arrived so many hundreds of years ago. Of course, life has changed, and Hurley has all the same modern day conveniences that we have come to need and is only minutes away from Kingston so transportation is easy as well.
94 Highland Avenue, Kingston
94 Highland Avenue in Kingston, NY closed on September 23rd, 2016 for $190,000. This is the first time that this 3 bedroom, 1 ½ bathroom Victorian, located in midtown Kingston, has ever been on the market; it was originally built by the former owners family back in the early 1900’s. Since then the property has gone through a myriad of updates and upgrades, including new kitchen, new heating system and the
creation of a finished loft space in the attic. While the home has seen a few facelifts, the history of it has been meticulously preserved, with all the home's’ original woodwork details and original wavy paned glass windows still in place. A deep backyard with mature trees surrounding it also provides for extra privacy that can be rare to find in a city of Kingston home.
We’ve talked so much before about how Kingston is the new hip cultural center of Ulster County, so to find a gem of a historic home in this condition where the art and culture scene is only getting better by the day is a great find.
43 Herman Drive, Marlboro
43 Herman Drive in Marlboro, NY closed on September 16th, 2016 for $215,000. This two-story duplex contains 2 separate 1,200 square foot units, each containing 2 bedrooms and 1 ½ baths. Already fully rented, this home would make for the perfect investment property, or rent one half and live in the other. On just under 2 ½ acres of land, there is plenty of yard space as well surrounding the home, but the major standout of this property is the expansive Hudson River waterfront views you have in your backyard! It’s hard to find river frontage of this caliber in the $200,000 range in Ulster County, but new buyers managed to find just that.
Marlboro is the southernmost community of Ulster County before crossing the border into Orange County and is located between the Ulster County hamlet of Highland and the city of Newburgh in nearby Orange County. Marlboro is a convenient commuter location because of its proximity to Metro-North train services just over the river from Highland and travel links in Newburgh include Stewart International Airport and the entrance to Interstate-84 (for westward bound travel). You’ll find plenty of conveniences, shops and restaurants in the Marlboro area as well, which has a slightly more suburban feel to it than in other northern Ulster County communities.
19 Troy Lane, Highland
19 Troy Lane in the Town of Lloyd closed on September 30th, 2016 for $162,500. This 3 bedroom, 1 ½ bath townhome was a standout within the Bridgeview complex because it was built more recently than many other units and is located on a quiet, more private, no-traffic area of the complex that even has extra parking. This townhome has been meticulously maintained by previous owners and even has a newer roof, windows and heating system. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and bold hardwood flooring attracted buyers to this colorful townhome. There are also additional perks that come along with owning 19 Troy Lane, including the use of Bridgeview Complex’s swimming pool, clubhouse, playgrounds, basketball courts and tennis courts, to name but a few.
The Bridgeview Complex could not be a more convenient place for NYC commuters to call home. Located just off the Mid-Hudson bridge, it’s a few short minutes drive to the Metro-North train station in Poughkeepsie, where you can catch a train and be in the city in about an hour. Highland is also centrally located between New Paltz (the fastest way to access the New York State Thruway) and Newburgh (home to Stewart International Airport and the entrance to Interstate 84). The small hamlet of Highland is starting to come alive as well in recent years, with the opening of the world renowned Walkway Over the Hudson State Park and the Franny Reese State Park, as well as some great new restaurants and markets, including Underground Coffee and Ales and Il Mercato.
18 Campbell Lane, Wallkill
18 Campbell Lane in Wallkill, NY closed on September 26th, 2016 for $211,000. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom Raised Ranch was newly built in 2007 and is located in a quiet, relaxed neighborhood in the town of Plattekill (hamlet of Wallkill). This spacious 2,000+ square foot home has hardwood floors in the open living space, a fireplace in the living room and lots of light flowing throughout the home. The kitchen also contains newer stainless steel appliances and light wooden cabinetry. Buyers were able to score a real deal for their money with this foreclosed home.
Wallkill borders the Ulster County and Orange County lines and is a favored location for travelers because of the close proximity to Interstate 84 and Stewart International Airport. Most homes here are found in more rural locations, bordering farmland and the rolling hills leading to the Shawangunk Mountain area. Mountain views in the Wallkill area can rival those in New Paltz and Gardiner, yet the town of Plattekill taxes are significantly lower than these other two popular areas.
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