Large home for sale in wooded, waterfront community in upstate New York

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Cantine's Island Cohousing
New York

Built in 2015, this is the newest home in the Cantine’s Island cohousing community. Planned for single level living (after climbing the outside stairs), the first floor has 1,200 square feet and includes an open space floor plan with kitchen, dining area and living room, plus an office area. There are two bedrooms with their own full bathrooms, and a laundry room. The finished attic has the same square footage footprint with sloped ceilings under the Cape roof, and contains a full bath and two rooms usable as bedrooms. The finished walk-out basement also has the same square footage, and contains a complete apartment with a full-sized kitchen, full bath, living room and bedroom. Due to building code and zoning restrictions, the basement apartment cannot be a rental unit, but can be used as a craft studio, guest suite, home business, or separate living area for a multi-generational family, housemate or a live-in nanny or caregiver.

The house was a modular build so it’s very solid and energy efficient.

• Professionally landscaped with a weeping cherry and dogwood tree in front
• Back deck with ramp to side road for unloading
• Hardiplank fiber-cement siding, a green building material
• Maple hardwood floors on the first floor
• Tile floors in kitchen and first floor bathrooms
• Maple cabinetry in kitchen
• Carpet in attic and basement
• Central heat and AC
• Gas heat and hot water
• Village sewer and water
• Lot size: 0.193 acres

Cantine’s Island, surprisingly, is one of only two established cohousing communities in New York state (the other consists of two ecovillage sister communities in Ithaca). Located in the village of Saugerties, the community of nineteen homes owns nine acres of beautiful wooded waterfront property on the Esopus Creek, which flows into the Hudson River. We have the advantage of being within walking distance of village amenities while living in the midst of nature.

The asking price of $450,000 includes an $18,000 fee to be a member of the homeowners’ association, which makes you part owner of the common areas, including the common house, the woods, the waterfront, a huge workshop in a former industrial building, a garage for car repair, boathouse for kayaks and canoes, childrens’ play area, organic garden and charging stations for electric cars. Camper and boat storage is available. Monthly dues are currently $155.

The Common House has a kitchen and dining area with a laundry room and play area in the basement. A cozy living room with a gas fireplace is used for meetings and weekly Happy Hour. Three weekly community dinners in the Common House include a “team meal” (prepared by a volunteer cook and prep cook) on Sundays and Thursdays and a potluck on Mondays. A handful of residents gather for lunch together every Wednesday. The Activities Committee plans regular events in the Common House, including holiday crafts and cookie-making, parties, a book club, and snow day activities for the kids. Our annual Halloween and Winter Holiday parties have become traditions. The Common House can be reserved for private events, such as large family gatherings, workshops, political meetings, music groups, etc.

Our 27 adult residents include a lively mix of retirees and currently employed. We have a variety of interests and talents, including some artists, musicians, outdoor enthusiasts, political activists, teachers, solar specialists, and medical professionals. We have six children under age 10 and three teenagers.

Saugerties is a lively, art-centered village, with a variety of restaurants, shops and galleries, including two independent bookstores and a movie theater that screens three first-run movies. There is a vibrant music scene in the area. Saugerties is 10 miles from Woodstock and across the Hudson from Rhinebeck, home of the Omega Institute and Bard College. The occasional “city” needs can be found in Kingston (12 miles south: big box stores, extensive natural foods store, hospitals) and Albany (50 miles north: shopping malls, airport, hospitals). Busses run every couple of hours from New York City to Kingston (with two busses per day continuing on to Saugerties), and Amtrak trains stop in Rhinecliff just across the river.

We seek year-round residents (with perhaps a few months away in the winter) who want to participate in the life of the community. The rewards are many!


Julie Gallagher

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