1898 Adirondack in Shandaken, NY – $629,000

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Added to OHD on 10/15/20   -   Last OHD Update: 10/15/20   -   16 Comments
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543 Oliverea Rd, Shandaken, NY 12410

  • $629,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 2269 Sq Ft
  • 49.46 Ac.
Welcome to Moose Lodge, an authentic and historic Catskill Mountain lodge located on 50 pristine, wooded acres in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. This unique home was constructed in 1898 by railroad executive as a mountain retreat to entertain family and guests. Over the years it served as a unique backdrop to various fashion photo shoots. The house is constructed in a high Adirondack style entirely of local timber, field stone and river rock. This property is awaiting someone with vision and passion to restore its rustic beauty. The property is surrounded by Catskill Park land and could make a great family compound or mountain resort. Located deep in the Big Indian/Oliverea valley this property feels remote but is in fact convenient to many local amenities including Railroad Explorers, Urban Cowboy Lodge, Emerson Resort, Phoenicia and just down the road from Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
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Joel Craig, Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty
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16 Comments on 1898 Adirondack in Shandaken, NY – $629,000

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  1. JeanneKJeanneK says: 25 comments
    1911 Arts&Crafts Foursquare
    Portland, OR

    Wow! What an amazing lodge! I wouldn’t change a thing, except to add another bathroom. Add lots of comfy Adirondack or mission furniture, rugs etc. Some of the shingles need replaced but very cool!

  2. JimHJimH says: 5157 comments
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    From Matt Z a couple weeks back:
    “I am sharing a new listing for a summer home that just popped up for sale in the Catskills. The architecture is quite similar to the [rustic cottage] photo shared. I would love to take a tour of this place. It almost feels like time has frozen for it! I hope this house finds someone with the means to really bring it back because it is truly a work of rustic art!”

    The best of the Catskill summer cottages were built from the 1880’s to WW1. This one was built for Guy S. Brantingham (1858-1922), supt. of the Delaware & Hudson Steamship Company. Oliverea is a beautiful spot, and the 50 acres of steep mountain land is good for some vigorous hiking (and lots of firewood). I’m glad the house survived the ski lodge use with all the rusticity intact, ready for a light freshening and a long happy stewardship.

    Street view, with a small summer resort across the road:

  3. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2208 comments
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    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central, NY

    Nice. But kinda cracks me up that an Adirondack lodge is down in Shandaken, in the Catskills.😉

    • JimHJimH says: 5157 comments
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      Yup, the rustic style is called Adirondack because of the well-known Great Camps there, but there are early examples in the Catskills, and even in New Jersey and the Poconos!

  4. MichaelMichael says: 2655 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Quite an amazing place! You can see the shadow of some of the inside log work that has been removed. Oh to see it back in place! I hope it’s new owners appreciate the historical significance of what they are caretakers of!

    • prettypaddleprettypaddle says: 165 comments
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      I noticed that too — I imagine with 50 acres you should be able to find enough birch to recreate the lost bits. Hopefully the new owner will be of the preservation bent because this place is stunning.

  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    To sand(media)blast or not?


    Removing all of that smoke and grime sure would lighten the interior up tremendously. I’d do it if it’s possible to do without wrecking the trim details. I suspect much, if not all, of that trim is birch; though it’s hard to tell now. Leave the exterior as is though.

    An amazing place. A hard sell as a seasonal lodge in this day and age. Fingers crossed it stays as it was intended.

    • prettypaddleprettypaddle says: 165 comments
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      Yikes! I’d definitely say no to sandblasting! Unless you removed or covered up all the trim sandblasting would definitely remove or at least damage the bark of the birch. That would be a huge loss. If I wanted to lighten things up, I’d definitely try washing the tar off the wall boards with vinegar and steel wool before sandblasting. That worked like a charm for an old nicotine covered clock I acquired. Washing a whole house would certainly be a huge project though.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Yeah, I hear you. A valid point: it’s just so grody as is though. Really, when you think about it, the birch is just sticks and could be replaced with other birch sticks. Mmmmmm; something to think about.

        • prettypaddleprettypaddle says: 165 comments
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          Haha “grody” is a perfect description. Haven’t heard that word in years… I think it’s totally due for a comeback 😉

          But I guess you’re right replacing the trim with new birch poles shouldn’t be all that difficult if the new owners go the sandblast route.

  6. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    I too love the sense of time standing still for this wonderful lodge. Considering the architecture and the acreage, that’s a pretty modest price for everything you get.

  7. Heart eyes a hundred times!! Rookie question…. is it insulated? It looks like the interior could be the back side of the exterior logs but surely not? Is it possible to keep warm?

    • TheDaringLibrarianTheDaringLibrarian says: 155 comments
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      Coastal Cottage

      Welcome to OHD, Melissa – great question! I imagine one uses all those fireplaces?

      I only wish they showed the kitchen and the 1.5 bathrooms. Which leads me wonder though, how did it serve as a lodge with only having 1.5 bathrooms!?

  8. brigidbrigid says: 569 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    This is awesome. I have never seen anything like the interior. It reminds me of tramp art. Some one must have really kept busy during the long cold winters! Would love to see more.

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