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Recent Home Sales 2. MLS 4988948 Fallsburg Township Ranch Build: 1920 Listed By: Carole Barotti, Elliott & Pomeroy, Inc. Sold By: Carole Barotti, Elliott & Pomeroy, Inc.

Listed By: Hazel Shurland, Vylla Home Sold By: Hazel Shurland, Vylla Home

6. MLS 4935135 Delaware Township Contemporary / Cottage

5. MLS 4905951 Mamakating Township Colonial 3 BR / 1 ½ BA Acres: 0.51 Sold For: $190,000 School Tax: $2,311 Town & County: $2,052 Built: 1830

3 BR / 1 BA Acres: 0.23 Sold For: $50,000 School Tax: $1,528 County Town $1,198 Built: 1967

Listed By: Sehid Mujovic, I Realty, LLC Sold By: Carolyn M. Peters-Baker, Lawrence O’Toole Realty, LLC

2 BR / 1 BA Acres: 3.70 Sold For: $223,000 School Tax: $831 Town & County: $1,843 Built: 1900

3. MLS 4930134 Liberty Township Ranch Acres: 1.30 Sold For: $98,000 School Tax: $4,508 Town & County Tax: $8,086 Built: 1990

Listed By: Peter Feinberg, BHHS Peters Realty Sold By: Peter Feinberg, BHHS Peters Realty

7. MLS 4919072 Highland Township Colonial Listed By: Joseph Freda, Matthew J. Freda Realty Sold By: Robin Jones, Country House Realty, Inc.

4 BR / 2 ½ BA Acres: 5.01 Sold For: $305,000 School Tax: $3,461 Town & County: $ 3,652 Built: 2005

4. MLS 4931934 Forestburgh Township Raised Ranch 3 BR / 1 ½ BA Acres: 1.52 Sold For: $151,000 School Tax: $2,340 Town & County: $2,554 Built: 1973

Listed By: Deborah K. Jagel, Cabins & Canoes Real Estate Sold By: Pamela Henning, Keller Williams RE Hudson Valley United

8. MLS 4917057 Delaware Township Contemporary Listed By: Jill A. Barnes, Century 21 Geba Realty Sold By: James L. Karpowicz, RM Farm Real Estate

5 BR / 5 ½ BA Acres: 5.03 Sold For: $805,000 School Tax: $11,113 Town & County: $11,967 Built: 2008

Listed By: Maxine Schulte, The Maxx Group Sold By: Maxine Schulte, The Maxx Group

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1. MLS 4847569 Liberty Township Farm House 3 BR / 1 ½ BA Acres: 0.13 Sold For: $15,500 School Tax: $2,067 Town & County: $3,520 Village Tax: $1,633


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The attractive farmhouse with its covered porch and stone walls awaits you as you drive down Ryan Road in North Branch.

A cozy farmhouse in North Branch STORY AND PHOTOS BY PATRICIO ROBAYO

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The floors alternate between stone and carpet. here is a saying that goes, “Home is where the The living room features a large wood stove that will help heart is,” and when you enter this home built in keep you warm through those cold winter nights, although the 1940s, that can ring true for you. the primary source of heat for the home is oil. Currently for sale through Eagle Valley Realty, Behind the living room stone wall, you can find this you will have a clear view of the surunique three bedrounding property as large windows room farmhouse nestled in a valdominate the wall. ley on 10 Ryan Road in North Just off to the right of the living Branch. room, behind double sliding doors, Stone accents and a covered you find an in-house, in-ground front porch greets you as you pull pool. into the driveway. The driveway is The pool area is large enough to big enough for multiple cars and have several chairs and tables to help leads into a two-car garage. entertain your guests or to have a When you enter the home, a lounge chair to relax after a hard large foyer greets you with plenty day’s work. of storage for coats, boots and Windows surround the pool room assorted knick-knacks. offering views of the valley and doors Wood and stone make up the that lead to a small outdoor deck. grand living room, with solid No farmhouse can be complete wood panels and floor to ceiling without a farm kitchen. With its own wood beams. The large living room is flanked woodstove, this kitchen will keep you on one side by a stone wall that toasty in the winter months. This large woodstove can keep you warm during the mimics that one out front. winter months in the Catskills. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6H

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During the spring and summer months, windows bank one side of the kitchen and can be opened for fresh air. The kitchen also features a nook bench for seating, where you can entertain several guests on a Sunday morning over a pancake breakfast. You can look out from your kitchen windows as you ponder the day ahead and hear the birds sing their morning songs.

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If you make your way through the kitchen, you enter another outdoor porch, but this one is thoroughly screened in. The open outdoor space allows for a table and some chairs for your guests. And if it gets too hot in the summer, the screened porch features ceiling fans. Upstairs you will find the three bedrooms to this cozy farmhouse. Two of the rooms will leave plenty of space for your guests or family members with two full CONTINUED ON PAGE 8H

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Opposite page top: This inviting sizeable open space living room is the perfect setting for your family and friends to enjoy your home. Opposite page bottom left: Wood panels line the living room, giving you the ambiance you crave in a farmhouse. Above:: One of the many outdoor decks to relax and watch the foliage change or entertain your friends and family. Left: The house features an indoor, inground pool that can be used yearround.

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baths, one of which is in the master suite. The master suite is almost a home within a home. A skylight adorns the ceiling of the master bedroom so you can be awoken by the first morning light instead of your alarm clock. The suite offers its own private bathroom with two large double sinks. Additionally, the suite features a large shower. This unique farmhouse sits on 2.3

acres of land that borders the Callicoon Creek. Outside you have plenty of room to run around or relax by the fire pit. In the summer months, you can hear the stream pass through if you listen carefully enough. At the right time in autumn, you can see the leaves change color as mother nature prepares for the winter. This home will touch on all the senses, making it a great family home or a wonderful weekend getaway. Everything you need is right here.

HOME FEATURES MLS No.: 4974900 Price: $269,000 Full Baths: 2 Half Baths: 1 Acres: 2.3 Sq. Ft.: 2,166 Year Built: 1940 Type: Single Family Home Style: Farm House, Two Story Water Description: Drilled Well School District: Sullivan West Basement: Slab Heating Fuel: Oil Above Ground, Wood Heating Type: Forced Air Water Access: Yes Lot Description: Level, Partly Wooded Parking: 2 Car Attached, Driveway, Off-Street Parking Amenities: Deck, Eat In Kitchen, Foyer, In Ground Pool, Lake/Pond/Stream, Master Bath, Out Building, Porch Attic Description: Full, Scuttle Water: Drilled Well Hamlet: Callicoon

Above inset: A breakfast nook made of wood, is inviting, and can be used for family and friends who want a hearty breakfast. The bright kitchen features an island that will help out when you are cooking your feast.

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Peace on the river

he Delaware River gently flows between lush green river banks on one side of River Road near Callicoon, while wooded banks line the other. The houses are petite, unique, and a beautiful reflection of tranquil river life. The road is quiet and slow, perfect to walk on a breezy day or bike to town for a coffee and pastry. As you continue further down, the wooded banks open up to larger green lawns and cabin-esque houses facing the Delaware, like this 2,500-square-foot home at 556 River Road sitting on 3.85 acres with 213 feet of river front: a perfect place to reside year round or to use as a vacation home. Turning into the driveway, the cedar-sided home sits back atop a small hill overlooking the river, with a fenced in yard and part of the Catskill mountains behind. “The side entrance is here next to the attached one-car garage,” said Callicoon Real Estate LLC Broker Rosemarie DeCristofaro, pointing to the door while walking across the driveway. As you enter, the first room is a bluestone foyer with a

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screened in sun room to the left that could boast hanging plants, succulents and ivy’s, while steps just in front lead you into a large, open layout where couches, comfy arm chairs and cozy blankets meet a spacious kitchen island, tall modern cabinets, and a unique dining table with room for entertaining. Large front windows allow for plenty of natural light while the high beamed, wooden ceilings create a spacious, cathedral feel in the center of the house. “The house was built in 1985,” said DeCristofaro standing near the kitchen island. “Since he bought it, the owner has put a lot of work into the home, from smaller details to larger renovations like the in-ground gunite swimming pool in the back of the house.” The home’s open layout consists of a central staircase where just a few steps up to the second level leads you to a hallway with an extravagant office-space bookshelf from floor to ceiling, two bedrooms to the left, a spacious central CONTINUED ON PAGE 12H

Top: Wild and scenic, this sophisticated and modern home on River Road is full of surprising and unexpected delights.

Middle: Sit in your screened in porch and enjoy the outdoors without the bugs.

Bottom left: The property features 213 feet of riverfront property for you to fish or kayak from your own yard.

right: If you need a break form the river, take a dip in the inground pool.

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bathroom, and a master bedroom with en suite bath to the right and large windows overlooking the backyard. A few steps down from the central staircase is the finished basement with a

pristine guest room through french doors to the left, an exercise room through french doors to the right, and a connecting central bath in the rear. “It’s a dream house,” DeCristofaro stated as she looked around the living room. “It would be a great house for a

family or even just a couple looking to spend their days in peace, sitting and watching the river.” And with the house being just a short car ride away from restaurants, bars, the local supermarket, window shops, the weekend farmer's market, and the

vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows to let in natural light. Bottom: With this open floor plan, the kitchen is only a short trip from the living room.

small local movie theater, you have everything at your fingertips. For more information about this fore sale house and property you can visit www.callicoon.com or contact DeCristofaro at her Callicoon office 845-887-4400.

HOME FEATURES MLS No.: 4948713 Price: $795,000.00 Full Baths: 3 Acres: 3.850 Sq. Ft.: 2,500 Year Built: 1985 Type: Single Family Home Style: Contemporary Water Description: Drilled Well School District: Sullivan West Basement: Full, Finished Area: Town of Delaware Amenities: Exercise Room, Foyer, Hardwood Floors, Master Bath, Pantry, Patio, Porch, Privacy, River, River Views, Sky Light, View, Walk In Closet, Water Access, Waterfront, A/C Units, Dishwasher, Dryer, Garage Door Opener, Generator, Oven/Range, Refrigerator, Shades/Blinds, Attic Description: Scuttle Water: Drilled Well Hamlet: Callicoon


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estled in the valleys of Roscoe, New York is a unique camp that offers visitors a relaxing getaway with amenities that make campers feel at home. The Hidden Chalet is an “alternative camping experience” that is both relaxing and convenient. It is only a short ride from downtown Roscoe, where campers can find food, fun, and shopping during their stay. “My intentions were to have a bed and breakfast,” The Hidden Chalet Owner Joseph Ofria said. In 2011 he started to rebuild the camp, and in 2012

his friend Dale Dutcher and other locals helped Ofria rebuild the property. “I couldn’t be blessed any more to have them,” Ofria said. In 2003, he built what is now called the Headquarters, a two story building with two bedrooms and a garage, which needed repairs after the storms that ripped through Roscoe in the summer of 2007. “I was coming up here a lot,” Ofria said. “All of a sudden it transformed into almost like an Alice in Wonderland type of thing.” Ofria suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm and needed four surgeries prior to the grand opening of the camp in 2018. He was able to list The Hidden

Chalet on Hipcamp, a website that allows travelers from around the U.S. to book campsites that are featured on the website. Hipcamp has only been in business for three years and has over 300,000 listings. Recently, Ofria was able to attend a gathering hosted by the company to their camp owners. The event included workshops in marketing and business, and Hipcamp owners were able to meet with each other during the gathering. “It was just very nice because there was a lot of input,” Ofria said. “Because they’re just growing they need input from their campers and their camp providers.” The hookup is one of the several campsites which gives people who book the site the ability to hook up a camper to water, waste, and electric for them to use. Tents can also be pitched at this site as well. “I think that once you walk behind the house and up the hill and turn the corner, it transforms into a different world,” said Ofria. “And then at night when you have the fires going and there’s people and music… it just seems like you’re in a different world.” The Confessional, a fully operational bathhouse with a toilet, bathtub, and a

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sink, is located on top of a hill along with three of the other sites. The Cupola is a small camper equipped with a bed, microwave, stovetop, and a minifridge. Everything is repurposed by Ofria, and campers can

The shower room located on the hill near The Cupola, The Secret Chalet, and The Raven’s Nest.

Above: The Cupola is located near The Secret Chalet and The Raven’s Nest. This option has a microwave, a bed, a stove, and a mini refrigerator. Dale Dutcher (left) and Joseph Ofria (right) standing in front of The Secret Chalet. This site has running water, propane, and it sleeps two to four people.


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“Now we’ve added some people, we’ve added some marketing, which is all added to what we’re able to do and where we’re able to go,” Peter said. As the business increased they outgrew the small office inside their home, so they are constructing an office building, which will be completed this fall. “The emphasis I have is on being able to take care of your customers without getting over extended where you’re unable to do it or unable to get people deliveries in a timely fashion, which is a challenge,” Peter said. As winter approaches, it’s important for homeowners to get their heating system serviced, and to make sure it’s operating properly. The overall condition of your house is important too, as leaky windows and doors can increase your oil consumption. It’s also important to check the level in

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