Margaretville, NY (PRWEB) November 29, 2013
From farmhouses with simple and unadorned features to modern contemporary homes with vast open floor plans, the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York offers real estate buyers many architectural style options. There is no more enduring style to many buyers, though, than those homes built in the latter Nineteen and early Twentieth centuries. Often, though, homeowners take these historic homes in very different –and unexpected—directions.
Architectural innovators often turn to the Catskill Mountains for historic homes, according to Catskills real estate broker Eric Wedemeyer. "Buyers are attracted to the simple design of our farm houses," said Wedemeyer whose Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties agency has four offices in the region. "Our older homes give buyers a sense of history," he added. "What they do a home interior really challenges conventional thinking about the home."
"Homeowners want comfort," said Wedemeyer, "and they want to bring their personal vision to the home." Modern kitchens, living spaces wired for high-speed Internet access, marble flooring, elaborate baths, and other amenities are now common place in older farmhouses. "These homes have been re-imagined to reflect personal tastes and today’s lifestyles," he added.
Wedemeyer cited three of his agency’s listings that have been "re-imagined" by their owners. One, located in the Catskill town of Meredith is a circa-1886 farmhouse that today is more reminiscent of an English country cottage. Described by listing agent Jeffrey Ashton as "a marriage of American craftsmanship and European sensibilities with the best of old world charm and modern convenience," the home has been upgraded and updated with new electric, new plumbing, Anderson windows, and a new shingle roof. Offered for $335,000, the home is located on 9.97 acres.
Another re-imaged farmhouse—albeit on a much larger scale—is located near Delhi. Originally built in 1849 as part of the historic Meridale Farm, this home was moved to its present site and completely renovated in 2005. According to listing agent Ray Pucci, the home was redesigned with new floors, ceilings, staircases, windows, mechanic systems, foundation and roof. "Any modern amenity was considered, including high-efficiency fireplaces, marble and hardwood floors, radiant heat, entertaining decks, Velux skylights, sound and security systems, and attached two-car garage," said Pucci. Set on 62.19 acres, the home’s asking price was recently reduced to $549,000.
Wedemeyer added that sometimes owners take traditional construction methods and apply them to modern residential development. "Designing new homes based on barn construction ideas is gaining in popularity," he added. He cited a contemporary home in the upstate New York town of Bovina that was built in 2009 using a barn for inspiration. According to listing agent Carol Spinelli, the home features "a stunning windowed two-story great room with striking hand-laid stone fireplace, spectacular chef’s kitchen with island/breakfast bar, cherry cabinets, quartz counters, glass backslash, stainless appliances and open dining area with outdoor deck access, and a first-floor master en-suite wing with custom walk-in closet, dual-sink granite-top vanity and extra-large mosaic tiled shower." Offered for $590,000, the 2800 square-foot home sits on 17.77 acres of land.
Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, with offices in Margaretville, Boiceville, Delhi and Stamford, is the premier real estate agency of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Buying and selling land and homes in the New York City watershed area is unique and the 30-plus agents of Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties are trained to help buyers and sellers through this process. For more information about Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties and to preview Upstate New York homes and land offerings, go to http://www.timberlandproperties.com or http://www.catskillpremier.com.