The Allure of Log Houses

December is a time of gatherings and celebrations and often conjures up visions of log cabins in the snow with roaring fires in a massive, stone fireplace, and flannel pajamas. Log homes’ distinctive construction material can create a rustic Lincoln cabin or a grand Adirondack camp. For this holiday issue we researched the history of […]

By |2022-12-01T09:58:05-05:00December 1st, 2022|Real Estate|

More Mystery Houses

Exactly three years ago Main Street published its first article on mystery houses just in time for Halloween. Our readers responded enthusiastically to the story, so three years later we are revisiting some of our original mystery houses and adding new ones to watch. We ask readers to walk around their neighborhood and look out […]

By |2022-11-09T18:12:05-05:00November 9th, 2022|Real Estate|

Water, Water, Everywhere?

This summer’s regional drought with four to five inches of rain less than usual, polluted city drinking water in Jackson, MS, and water restrictions in California emphasize the importance of water to our lives. What are the questions homeowners, and real estate buyers and sellers should have about the source and quality of the H2O […]

By |2022-10-08T16:08:05-04:00October 8th, 2022|Real Estate|

Agriculture, Industry, Arts, Community

What is it about the hamlet of Wassaic, NY, that has attracted industry and idealists for over 200 years? Wassaic’s Main Street is nestled in a valley between the Metro North Train line and the confluence of the Wassaic Creek and the Amenia Stream bordered to the east and west by mountains. It’s believed that […]

By |2022-09-01T22:30:34-04:00September 1st, 2022|Real Estate|

Something is Going On

What has been happening over the last four years in our area’s real estate markets? This article analyzes sales in the Town of Ancram, NY, since Main Street’s last coverage four years ago to get a market snapshot in just one Columbia County town. (This feature is data intensive. For background on the community you […]

By |2022-05-28T16:28:51-04:00May 28th, 2022|Real Estate|

The Down and Dirty

Many thanks to all of those who have shared their experience with dirt roads for this article including real estate agents, people who live on dirt roads, highway superintendents, town supervisors, first selectmen, and scientists. As usual, what I thought might be a clear conclusion about the impact of a dirt roads on real estate […]

By |2022-04-29T20:36:20-04:00April 29th, 2022|Real Estate|


I thought some guidelines existed to estimate the dollar value of wetland properties when I began to research the impact of swampy land on real estate values for this April’s environmental issue. After talking to assessors, buyers of wetlands, owners of wetlands, environmental regulators, appraisers, land trusts, and realtors in Columbia, Dutchess, and Litchfield counties, […]

By |2022-03-30T19:56:10-04:00March 30th, 2022|Real Estate|

Real Estate Has Gone to the Dogs

The real estate market isn’t the only home-related business that is currently exploding. With the pet industry nearing 50 billion dollars, homeowners are always looking for a way to make their pets more comfortable. For their part, dog owners are willing to go the extra mile to protect man’s best friend from the backyard’s outdoor […]

By |2022-03-08T13:41:46-05:00February 25th, 2022|Real Estate|

The Houses of Tudor

Tudor Revival-style houses capture the imagination. They are dramatic whether it’s a Snow White cottage, or Jay Gatsby’s mansion. These picturesque buildings with a distinctive architectural style stand out amongst the colonial, federal, Victorian, split levels, and farmhouses that crowd our region’s villages and roads. “Tudor” commands our attention and for this Main Street issue […]

By |2022-01-31T13:54:19-05:00January 28th, 2022|Real Estate|

Building In The Wrong Place

Real estate buyers frequently tell me that the house that fits their every need is “just too close to the road, too noisy, not private.” In Main Street’s May 2017 issue, I asked other realtors about the “road” discount on a home’s price. Experienced brokers estimated a discount between 5% to 30% with double the […]

By |2022-01-04T14:21:23-05:00December 28th, 2021|Real Estate|
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