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Just a Very Good House in Accord for $595,000

Look through the wall of windows in this listing photo into your future mountain views. Photo-Illustration: Curbed; Photo: Upstate Curious Team at Compass

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.

In this installment: a house that looks old but is actually new. And some soul-searching on updating your cabinets.

Rhinecliff, N.Y.

$1,850,000: three-bedroom, four-bath

The listing photo shows all the updated appliances you could want in a kitchen. Photo: Rouse + Co Real Estate
The fireplace is the star of the living room and this listing photo. Photo: Rouse + Co Real Estate

The house for someone who’s willing to pay for elevated HGTV turnkey: The open-concept kitchen comes with a Viking stove and farmhouse sink. There’s also a home gym in the finished basement and a bluestone patio to grill on. Plus a pool and guesthouse.

How do I get back to the city?
It’s less than a mile to the Amtrak Rhinecliff station.

So what do I do if I live there?
Go kayaking from the Rhinecliff Landing.

Athens, N.Y.

$575,000: three-bedroom, two-bath

The cozy living room in this listing photo features a pellet stove and French doors. Photo: Nicole Vidor Real Estate
The stained glass shown in this listing photo is a nice touch. Photo: Nicole Vidor Real Estate

A cozy house with really lovely details: stained glass, French doors, a pellet stove, and the huge mahogany porch. The kitchen needs new tiles (unless you’re into them), and the home is a bit overpriced for the area — which is only getting more expensive — with its newer coffee shops and a weekend ferry to Hudson.

How do I get back to the city?
It’s a three-hour drive or 20 minutes across the river to the Hudson Amtrak station.

So what do I do if I live there?
Get your bread at Catskill Bread Co., and walk along the Athens riverfront. Spend weekends retiling your kitchen.

Callicoon Center, N.Y.

$1,450,000: three-bedroom, three-bath

The bedroom listing photo shows off all the natural light you’ll get. Photo: Upstate Curious Team at Compass
The kitchen in this listing photo is new but still has nice classic features like exposed wooden beams. Photo: Upstate Curious Team at Compass

Windows! This house is a fake “old home.” It was built in 2017, which means central air and a new septic tank but with classic touches: a wraparound porch, exposed wooden beams. For this reason, it is very expensive. Definitely on the high end of the local market, which seems to swing between modest $300,000 homes and $1 million–plus properties with views of the hills and ample land. A similarly priced property nearby has been sitting on the market for nearly a year, though.

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

So what do I do if I live there?
Stop by the Walk In for a biscuit. Go fly-fishing.

Accord, N.Y.

$565,000: three-bedroom, two-bath

You can see the porch, from which you’ll be watching your kids play (and fight), in this listing photo. Photo: Upstate Down
The living room in this listing photo is nothing fancy but still shows a cozy ideal of a family home. Photo: Upstate Down

This is kind of the Platonic ideal of a family home. It has mahogany floors, skylights, and a front porch, from which you can watch your kids play (and fight) outside. The kitchen is a bit oppressive, and the fixtures could use updating, but it’s a decent price for the area. Also, like, must everything be updated? Would it kill you to have cabinetry from the ’90s?

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

So what do I do if I live there?
Bring your family to Westwind Orchard for a “day out.”

Just a Very Good House in Accord for $595,000