Historic Kingston, N.Y., is snuggled between the Catskills to the west and the Hudson River to the east. Once the capital of New York (until British troops set fire to the town during the Revolutionary War), and from the 1950s into the 1990s home to a vast IBM manufacturing plant and research laboratory that employed thousands, Kingston had fallen on tough times in recent decades. Recently, however, property prices have been going mad as pandemic-weary New York City residents flocked to the area in search of a peaceful, healthful place to get away from it all. In fact, in the summer of 2020, Kingston had the fastest rising prices in the entire United States.
This listing is both peaceful and healthful. And with 41.6 acres of land, 8 acres of which is a private lake, and lots of good clean air, good times swimming, fishing, and hiking seem guaranteed. Speaking of rising values: this uncommonly picturesque spread is offered at $3.3 million, more than 15 times the $215,000 paid for the place when it last changed hands in 1996. Tax records show the owner is Gregory David Coster, who makes exceptionally detailed and highly coveted fine jewelry. And indeed, Coster has applied the same attention to detail to the pristine property. According to the listing, “For 25 years the current owner has passionately transformed the landscape, which features striking rock ridges, meadows, expansive pine and cedar forests along with a 1-mile road that surrounds the entire lake.”
The property offers two tiny cottages, each with just one bedroom and one bath. Together they measure in at about 1,800 square feet. The secluded cottages are unquestionably very charming, but there is also the possibility of the next owner putting their own stamp on the property and creating a family compound with the addition of a third residential structure. Listings held by Robert Airhart at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties state, “high atop the lake with stunning views sits the perfect building site with its own boulder-lined private driveway.”
The smaller cottage, called the Admirals Cabin, features blonde mahogany paneled walls milled on site, along with an eclectic collection of 1930s furniture, including a porcelain topped table and matching chairs, and art deco bedroom suite. Vintage bathroom fittings enhance the period feel, as does the funky retro TV in the corner.
The Lake House, a three-floor cottage configured as an upside-down house to make the most of the lake views from the main living spaces, also brims with vintage details, such as the O’Keefe & Merritt range in the otherwise modern kitchen. Accessed by an antique library ladder, there’s a sleeping loft above the main living space, while decks cantilever out over the water on both the upper and lower floors. For those who prefer to sleep firmly on the ground, the lower level, paneled in golden oak, offers a Murphy bed. The cottage’s only bathroom is hidden behind a bookcase on the main floor, and it boasts a vintage soaking tub, but there is also an outdoor shower for those looking to more fully commune with nature.
Hidden amid dense woods, the lake includes a small area to moor watercraft near the house and a diving platform in the middle. What it most offers is a complete sense of privacy and tranquility. All this, and the property is only five minutes from Kingston, 15 minutes to New Paltz, and a couple hours north of Manhattan. Maybe, after all, getting away it from it all is closer than ever.