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A Limestone Mansion for Under a Million and a Stone Cottage in Kinderhook

Photo-Illustration: Curbed; Photo: Four Seasons Sotheby’s Int.

Part of living in New York City is thinking about moving out of New York City. Each month, we’ll round up the best listings within commuting-ish distance, places where entire houses go for the cost of a “junior one-bedroom” (or less) but you’ll have to fix your own toilet.

You are going to open an inn with nine of your friends. And take up pickleball?

Millerton, N.Y.

$475,000: 3-bedroom, 3-bath

The listing photos show the featured clay roof tiles and wraparound porch. Photo: Keller Williams Hudson Valley
The listing photos show a kitchen that needs some updating. Photo: Keller Williams Hudson Valley

The bathrooms and kitchen need a little updating, but it’s worth it for the Danish-ish architecture and the ample bedrooms and bathrooms. The house has a wraparound deck and clay roof tiles, with European heat pumps and thermopane windows, so you’ll be warm and warmed by your comparatively low utility bills. Millerton is also the most Connecticut you can get without having to commit to seeing “C.T.” stamped on all your deliveries.

How do I get back to the city? It’s a two-and-a-half-hour drive.

So what do I do if I live there? Take a walk or bike ride every morning on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Catch a film at the Moviehouse.

Kinderhook, N.Y.

$1,200,000: 4-bedroom, 2-bath

The stately, wallpapered interiors are the star of these listing photos. Photo: Four Seasons Sotheby’s Int.
The kitchen in this listing photo is cozy and is appropriately staged with a butter churn. Photo: Four Seasons Sotheby’s Int.

This house was built in 1754, so you know it (probably) won’t crumble anytime soon. Like its stone and brick façades, the interiors are stately like Martha Washington, and there’s even a screened-in porch. The pièce de résistance, according to the listing, is a “grand flowering crabapple espalier,” which I just Googled and does indeed seem grand. A much more blah farmhouse nearby, with similar square footage, just sold for $1.15 million.

How do I get back to the city? It’s about a three-hour drive.

So what do I do if I live there? Grab a beer at the Saisonnier, and don’t worry about getting drunk — it’s just a ten-minute walk home.

Staatsburg, N.Y.

$480,000: 3-bedroom, 2-bath

The full light is captured in the living-room listing photos. Photo: Atelier Wm Llc Ny,
The listing photos show bedrooms that are a bit bare-bones. Photo: Atelier Wm Llc Ny,

You’ll need to do some sprucing in this 1880s farmhouse, but grow up — not everything is handed to you in this life. The living room has great light, and the kitchen is a more modest version of a classic Nancy Meyers setup. The front porch and the natural oak floors add a nice touch, with the only downside being that you live near the town’s pickleball courts. The price is a little higher than average for the area, but maybe not too high for you.

How do I get back to the city? Drive 15 minutes to the Rhinecliff station and take a two-hour train.

So what do I do if I live there? Now you must play pickleball. Or take your kids sledding at Mills Mansion.

Sharon Springs, N.Y.

$675,000: 10-bedroom, 3-bath

The listing photos reveal a mansion that is perfect for at least ten friends. Photo: Howard Hanna
The living room in this listing photo houses one of the many fireplaces that are found throughout this house. Photo: Howard Hanna

If you’ve been looking for a Victorian Italianate limestone mansion on 11 acres to split with nine of your friends, this might be the one for you (and your nine friends). The moldings are beautiful, and the house is loaded with fireplaces and claw-foot tubs. To further entice, the listing notes that the attic is the size “of a NYC loft apartment.” Sharon Springs isn’t much of a competitive market right now, and you’ll have nine friends with you anyway, so maybe try to negotiate.

How do I get back to the city? This one is a little far — just under a four-hour drive.

So what do I do if I live there? Go to Howe Caverns, the field-trip destination of every upstate New York schoolchild. Take a bike ride on the Erie Canal bike trail.

A Limestone Mansion for Under a Million and a Stone Cottage