c. 1840 Bookstore – Cherry Valley, NY – $52,500

For Sale
Added to OHD on 7/11/18 - Last OHD Update: 7/11/18 - 43 Comments
81 Alden St, Cherry Valley, NY 13320

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Price

$52,500

SqFt

800

Truly one of a kind - RARE Opportunity - Own a Historic Bookstore in the village of Cherry Valley which has a full inventory of used books on 2 floors with potential living or office space on second floor. The Telegraph Building is believed to be where Samuel Morse created Morse Code. This small and quaint building has many original features untouched, original stairs, and windows, with floor to ceiling shelves, and character and books everywhere! Building is in need of some repairs, but is a wonderful and time honored fixture in the village of Cherry Valley! It could be an very unique and creative office for a local business! Don't miss your chance to own this amazing piece of history with a fine collection of rare, and used books included!
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Elizabeth See, Keller Williams
(607) 431-2540
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43 Comments on c. 1840 Bookstore – Cherry Valley, NY – $52,500

  1. Jen S. says: 1 comments

    Buy it as an AirBnB… check out this one in Scotland! Guests can stay upstairs and run it for a minimum of one week. It is booked through 2021 and has a wait list for after that date! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/books/open-book-wigtown-bookstore.html




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  2. Eileen M says: 189 comments

    Wow! What a cute cottage this could be.




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  3. Zann says: 335 comments

    For someone looking to retire or at least live a quieter life, this is a perfect opportunity. If I were 20 years older, this would be ideal.

    Bookstores may be a dying breed, but for $52,500 you can own the building, no rent, no lease, so who cares if you sell more than three books a month?

    The town itself is very picturesque.




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    • Joan says: 37 comments

      How cute is it to renovate the bookstore and live upstairs you get a new occupation and a new home address at the same time I think you can make money




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      • Zann says: 335 comments

        That was my thought. Especially if you’ve retired from your previous life. You would own your business and home. One power bill/water bill/etc. You would have your pension, so if you sold anything great. If not, your bills are still paid, so who cares?

        Where I work, it is very common for people to retire after 25 years and move on to a new career. There are people in their late 30s with 15 years already under their belt. I could see this easily attracting someone with plenty of yourthful energy and gumption left to do the remodel themselves.




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  4. hollyq says: 81 comments

    I wish there were more pics of the living area.




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    • Susannah Gaddis says: 335 comments

      If 800 sq ft is accurate, I think we saw all there is to the living area. Part of the upstairs is taken up with bookshelves. I was thinking about it last night, and I realized there were no bathroom or kitchen photos, which kind of puts a damper on my zeal. I suppose they could fit into the area where the upstairs shelves are?




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      • Sandy B says: 228 comments
        OHD Supporter

        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        Good questions for the listing agent……… and…..depending on the configuration of the lot, could a kitchen/bath be added to the rear of the building?? Of course city water and sewer would have to be available. Cute town, I love all the old, “general store,” type buildings.




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      • brigidbrigid says: 173 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
        Smalltown, OK

        Trulia lists it as 1 bed 1 bath and Zillow lists the bedroom as ‘studio’. Would be nice if there were photos.




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  5. Karen says: 201 comments

    I love that register! I grew up in a house with one large central register, and one of these fancy ones in the ceilings of the first floor. The heat didn’t rise up enough to make a difference in our Western NY winters, but those registers are so pretty!




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    • TXJewelTXJewel says: 216 comments
      1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
      Strawn, TX

      I spent an absolutely frigid night in an old farmhouse in Attica NY one Christmas vacation. It had beautiful old registers in the floor as well. They did no discernable good as far as I could tell! It was however, a good way to eavesdrop on the adults in the rooms below! 😉




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      • Karen says: 201 comments

        TX, you’re right! One year, my sister and I knew everything we were getting for Christmas, because we’d heard through the register in our bedroom, our parents talking about what they’d bought us! And, one year, My mother asked what I wanted for Christmas. I really wanted and electric blanket. She asked why-her bedroom was downstairs where it was warm-and I said I was tired of using 4 or 5 blankets at night to keep warm! So, then, my sister and brother wanted an electric blanket, too. Good idea, in an old house! We did eventually get a new furnace, that used baseboard heat through out the house. Then, I was mad my mom hadn’t gotten forced air, so we could have air conditioning. If it gets very cold in this area in the winter, it also gets hot and very humid in the summer! They say its why Niagara County is just as good for growing wine grapes as the Finger Lakes and California! : ) I do wish I had those registers, though. On either HGTV or DIY tv stations, I saw where someone had taken a bunch of them, and made a fence for the edge of a loft in a house. It was so darling, such a good idea for a way to re purpose them!




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  6. VMaloney says: 83 comments

    I wonder if it includes the books too…I could rummage around in there for hours!




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  7. Deborah W Mann says: 56 comments

    Clear out the books and live there!! Or…..make it a little shop of various things…and a few books. Baked good maybe. A place to sit and read, relax and wifi. Just a thought.




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  8. JJ says: 103 comments

    I would buy this for the books alone. The cute cottage would be a bonus. I would be in literary heaven!




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    • brigidbrigid says: 173 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
      Smalltown, OK

      JJ I agree! I would buy this just for the books. I could care less if I sold any I just want to sit and read in the chair out front or maybe the stairs inside if it was cold.




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  9. Karen Abadie says: 40 comments

    Does the sale include the books?




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  10. Mandy says: 6 comments

    I could live in a bookstore like this.




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  11. Rondi says: 11 comments

    What an absolute dream! I am already imagining this life. It’s wonderful!




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  12. CoraCora says: 1640 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    It’s adorable! I would shop there often if it were near me. All those books…in that setting… imagine the treasures those shelves hold. 💚




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  13. Sandy B says: 228 comments
    OHD Supporter

    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    As a, “bookaholic,” I am totally enamored by the prospect of buying this totally charming store and cataloging ALL those books!! There may even BE some from 1840…..sure be fun to hunt through.




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  14. TapWater says: 111 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1884 Victorian Cottage
    St Paul, MN

    In a world of cell phones, kindles, streaming, this is a time capsule that would be worth escaping to. It has just enough comfortable clutter to make me feel at home. My own book collection looks like this piled on the floor, stuffed into cabinets and bookshelves. A book is a tactile experience as well as the pleasure of the written word. Not unlike removing a record from its sleeve and putting it on the turntable, listening, and admiring the album cover. The good old days.




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    • Sandy B says: 228 comments
      OHD Supporter

      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      Tapwater, your comment could easily have been written by me. My books sort of ooze out of every possible space in my house and I love it. The different subjects seem to represent different eras of my life. I also believe the tactile experience in reading a book completes the pleasure of it, thus never liked cheap books with cheap paper.




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  15. kmmoore says: 207 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    Ummm yes please! How magical!




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  16. Ryan says: 587 comments

    This makes me wish I had learned to read!




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  17. Gigi Regnier says: 38 comments

    A library of my very own! Wonder if there are any first editions in that lot? Mercy, just shot the door & lock me in.




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  18. DreamsDoComeTrue says: 24 comments

    I could live here and sell local honey, maple syrup, apple butter and serve coffee with scones every day! What a great price for a ready made lifestyle.




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    • Sandy B says: 228 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      Add a couple of comfy wingback chairs and you’d have a line out the door!!!




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  19. Catt says: 36 comments

    Wait. You get the building AND the books?! No words. No—-I—-how——me!!!




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  20. KathyC says: 27 comments
    OHD Supporter

    this is actually the first place here I am seriously looking into-this would be perfect




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    • Zann says: 335 comments

      If you do, please let us know! If you keep the store open, OHD readers would need to come visit you.




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      • KathyC says: 27 comments
        OHD Supporter

        oh-I would TOTALLY keep it open! Probably do some cleaning and straightening, but other than that, I would become the new old books store seller!




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        • Zann says: 335 comments

          That would be awesome. If you go for it, consider this as me wishing you the absolute best of luck and cheering you on.




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  21. Emma's mom says: 21 comments

    This is my dream come true. Hw lovely. I feel joy just looking at the photos.




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  22. NikkiNikki says: 16 comments

    Oh how lovely! A little slice of heaven on earth.




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  23. Mimi says: 158 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Rochester, MN

    Quaint & wonderful— one of my favorite things— a historic book shop:-)
    If there was a way to have indoor plumbing for a tiny bathroom might be possible to live upstairs. Unfortunately due to that does not seem feasible to have the Scottish arrangement. If it were it might be a fabulous idea.




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  24. jimtownjimtown says: 67 comments

    I can just imagine the good ‘old’ smell in there. It reminds me when we took our grandson into an antique store with us. First thing he said when we walked in the door was, “It smells good and old in here”. We knew we were doing our job then.




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  25. Robin says: 1 comments

    Hmmmm, buy it, add more marketable things (candles,lotions and locally acquired items) and list the books online…should be profitable!




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  26. abevy says: 330 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1857 Applegate, MI

    Darling, as a retired Librarian this would be a dream. Remember I was retired before shushing was bad, before computers, and the newer less appropriate books were popular. I would get rid of the fly tape and close the hole for the old furnace and perhaps a quick slap of paint and I would be happy.




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