PRIME HOUSE-HUNTING SEASON is almost upon us. With cold weather, the dilettantes and Sunday shoppers disappear. Most won’t think about country real estate again until April. Meanwhile, the serious players remain in the game, knowing that winter is the best time to look, find, and negotiate.
I combed the listings and turned up three properties I would check out, were I in the market right now with half a million to spend.
- This early 19th century house in Springs, above and below, is owned by a young couple in the landscaping business. They bought the house 6 years ago and renovated it, even jacking up the house so its old foundation of locust posts could be replaced with steel. 2BR, 1 bath, 1,100 square feet, 1/2 acre, wood stove, separate studio, 595K.
- A cedar-shingled 1959 cottage in Noyack, near Sag Harbor, featured in a recent issue of Ty Pennington at Home magazine. 1,500 square feet, 3 BR, 1.5 baths, 1/2 acre, water view, mooring rights, 595K. Taxes: $3,739/year.
- Got farm animals? A 100-year-old Amagansett cottage on almost an acre has been twice reduced. 1,000 square feet, 2 BR, 1 bath, wood stove, detached garage, 570K. Near the RR tracks, but there are only a couple of trains a day. Anyway, whaddya want for half a million plus? This is Amagansett! (The house is also only a mile from the ocean.) Taxes are $1,008/year — you can’t beat that.