My article, “House Hunting, Catch and Release Style,” about my passion for old houses that don’t belong to me (yet), appeared in the New York Times ‘Escapes’ section on 11/28/08. It details my methodology for sneaking around vacant vintage properties and sussing them out either as good buys or good BYES! The 1780 Dutch Colonial in Hudson, N.Y. that illustrated the essay was a GREAT buy (at 173K) for the right enterprising person. It is no longer listed on the Columbia-Northern Dutchess multiple listing site, so perhaps the right person came along. UPDATE 12/22/08: The house is still available. Sterling Swann, the former listing agent at Coldwell Banker (518/828 7111) says there have been several enthusiastic prospective buyers, but none has been able to put together the cash for purchase and renovation – and it must be a cash deal, as the house is not livable at present, and therefore not mortgage-able. Interestingly, Swann told me the area across the road is a likely future development site. There’s been talk of either a green space of some kind or condos – either of which would be preferable to what’s there now: a warehouse and parking lot.
1780 Dutch Colonial, Hudson N.Y., with Catskill/warehouse view