Margaretville, New York (PRWEB) August 12, 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. These Victorian homes—with their ornate exterior details and high interior ceilings—continue to be a favorite for buyers of Catskill real estate.
Architectural purists often turn to the Catskill Mountains for historic homes, according to Catskills real estate broker Eric Wedemeyer. “Buyers are attracted to the asymmetrical design and the shingled façade of Victorian era homes,” 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.
The use of the term Victorian describes an era, rather than a specific style, added Wedemeyer. “Victorian homes can look very different, and that adds to the fun of house-hunting.”
Among the agency’s many Catskill real estate listings, are three distinct style of Victorian homes. The Queen Anne Victorian is often characterized by its towers, turrets, and rounded porch. One, located in the upstate NY community of Andes, was received listed for $749,000. The listing agent Sue Doig describes the home as recently restored to accommodate today’s lifestyle but has retained the design elements that make this style distinctive. “The turret allows private space, while the lower level is ideal for entertaining,” said Doig.
In contrast to the ornate Queen Anne, the more rustic Shingle style Victorian are rambling and austere. These large informal homes were often built by wealthy families as lavish county retreats. Wedemeyer points out an excellent example in the Catskill Mountain village of Stamford. Listed for $339,900, this home is described by listing agent Paula Loesel as “casual and blends into its surroundings with the use of wood shingles, natural stone and wide open porches inviting out-door living.” With 5000 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms, and five bathrooms, this home is on over two acres of land.
The Folk Victorian incorporates simple framing and construction with more elaborate gothic design to create a pleasing overall impression. Wedemeyer noted that a recently expanded home in Delhi is an example of this style. The owners wanted to expand the living space of the older Victorian so they almost created a twin that is attached to one side. “By doing this,”said listing agent Melissa Wakin,”they created a large home with 3200 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms, three-plus bathrooms, large open kitchen, and a very modern look.” Listed for $338,000, the home is located in near shopping and services.
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 25-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 Real Estate and land offerings, go to http://timberlandproperties.net .