Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Rare Opportunity for the New Year

If you've always dreamed of rescuing a quaint old house in a picturesque setting, 2014 may be the year you realize your dream.

This pre-Civil War house, located just outside the village of Kinderhook, is for sale for only $35,000. Granted it needs a lot of work, but it can be rescued by a person of vision and substance, and when it is, imagine the possibilities. 

The original part of the house--what appears at the left in this picture--dates back to the 1850s. The part at the right, with the shed dormer, was added in 1888. The house sits on 2.5 acres along Kinderhook Creek, with 1,000 feet of creek frontage--a secluded setting where one could grow a garden, learn to make jam and "put up" garden produce, take up painting, keep a rowboat, harbor city weary friends on weekends, write a book or just read lots of them. Another advantage of this potentially perfect country house: it's just a five-minute walk to the center of the village. In a house such as this, one could live like Mapp and Lucia, Henry David Thoreau, or Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

For more information about the house, click here and here.


  1. This house, sadly, is a wreck. It's also the house where John Knott found the dead body in the basement.

    -- Jock Spivy

    1. Earlier today I thought the house looked very like the one in Kinderhook where Tony Soprano offed the Steve Buschemi character.

      It's a tough history to get past, but Mr. Knott already has some experience in this area:

  2. This house was owned by two aged sisters (the Clark sisters). One died and the other became a ward of the County. It was once a nice house at the entrance to the Village but is on the way to being derelict. It was not the house in the Sopranos episode although "Kinderhook" was the scene of the action.

    -- Jock Spivy