We have future plans to buy and renovate a property in the country/mountain areas outside NYC. I’ve set a goal for this to happen by my 40th birthday (T-4 years, the countdown begins.) In the meantime, I regularly scout for properties and imagine how I’d fix them up – just for fun.
Since we went with our friends to eastern PA and realized that a 1.5 hour commute to our country home is extremely attractive, I’ve been more focused on properties in that region. There are pros and cons to the location. The major pro is the distance to our apartment in Brooklyn. The cons are that the location may be less desirable for my future rental business and the small towns out there don’t have quite the same cache, in terms of restaurants and culture, as the ones upstate.
That aside, I found an amazingly awesome property outside Blairstown at a good price with a lot of potential.
Here are the stats:
Given that there are no interior pictures of the house, I’m going to assume it’s a mess. The pond across the street has a lake association that seems to have a nice community. On the downside, the house in likely in a flood zone. Another benefit is that though the buildings on the property are close to the road, it’s 11 acres so plenty of room for expansion.
In the back house, the first floor would be one room, an open kitchen and living/dining room. The second floor would be the master bedroom with bath. What I love about this set up is that it would allow for two separate rentals to occur at once. Or let’s say I wanted this to be a B&B, it would work for that as well with the caretakers cottage in back. Tons of flexibility!
From a design perspective, think my mom’s antiques mixed in with more modern upholstered pieces and accessories. The palette would be simple and minimal. I’d love for the dining room and library to have darker walls and the kitchen, in particular, to bring a modern mix.
Ah, the barns, aka the event space. Part of my vision for this property is that it would be a venue for couples looking for a wedding spot. Therefore the barns would be full of “moments” that would be Instagram wedding hashtag worthy.
As a guest you might arrive in the main drive, cross the stone bridge and pass by the pool and house patio to start the walk to the barns. The walkway would be beautifully landscaped. You’d see modern barns painted black with stone foundations and modern glass elements mixed throughout. In the side yard to the left you’d see a little vineyard style trellis which would be a dining trellis (or potential ceremony location) as well as to mask the two water tank eyesores.
The barns would have another bluestone patio at its center. One of the old outbuildings would be a guest bath and the barns themselves would be raw and gorgeous, i.e. flexible for people to put their stamp on the space for events. To the side of one of the barns would be a caterers kitchen, eventually. And behind the barns would be the service entry and parking lot (which would be accessed through a second driveway.)
Here’s a rough plan of how the new, improved property might flow:
What do you think? Would you want to rent this property? Get married there?
I really love how this came together in my mind and when I look at those listing pictures I only see the finished dream!
I’ll be doing more of these kinds of posts as I have a backlog of “dream weekend homes” that I sit on the subway and stare at!
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