Casaubon's Book

Pssst…Wanna Buy a Farm?

As I mentioned some months ago, we are planning on selling our farm in Knox, NY (The farm is in the town of Knox, but the address is 43 Crow Hill Road, Delanson, NY – for reasons obscure to us even after a decade and a half, the mail goes two towns away) and moving to urban Schenectady. Well,”The time has come, the time is now…” We’ve loved living here and chronicling our adventures, and are leaving our wonderful home, our wonderful neighbors and our small nurturing community and school system with regret – and excitement about our new ventures.

The happiest thing for us would be to see someone who will appreciate our land and our home as much as we do take over and take it forward. We’ve been so busy in the last few years that we haven’t brought it to its full potential. So before we use more conventional listing forms, I’m planning on passing this around through all of you, so that we can move forward on our next adventure and also help someone start theirs.

For Sale: 27 acres and huge 100 year old farm house in rural upstate NY, 20 minutes from Albany and Schenectady, 3 hours from NYC and Boston, 5 minutes to I-88, 15 minutes to I90. House has woods, fields with excellent pasture, wetlands (but is NOT in the 100 year flood zone, and the house did NOT flood during Hurricane Irene) and several small barns. Suitable for any livestock, has been used for horses, sheep, goats and cows. 7 acre pasture field is a separate, buildable lot with large road frontage and ample water. Would consider selling building lot separately, but prefer to keep the property whole.

Never-dry well with high water table and cistern means plenty of water. 1/4 acre fenced front yard. Apple, plum, peach, quince and cherry trees, and many berry bushes, as well as medicinal herbs, natives and wild plants galore. Fertile raised garden beds. No near neighbors, almost total privacy (although wonderful neighbors in walking distance) pond across the road complete with Great Blue Herons, more than 30 species of birds nest here, wildlife galore, near-total privacy, but close to employment and cities big and small.

House is 4200 square feet, new roof, 6-7 bedrooms, 3 full bath, including fully separate, 11 year old in-law apartment with its own kitchen and living room. Woodstoves and wood cookstove in main kitchen could possibly stay. Huge Dining room has enormous fieldstone fireplace, main living room has gorgeous beams from an old Quaker barn. Newer part of the house has radiant floor heat and R-54 insulation keeping it comfy in winter. Two living rooms, two kitchens, gigantic master bedroom with panoramic views of surrounding fields and woods.

Ample attic storage and huge laundry room, with many walk-in closets. Built in bookcases everywhere and pantry shelving in old-fashioned farm kitchen. House is in very good condition but needs some work, sold as-is. Attached garage, several porches, many, many built ins and additions. In-law apartment is fully handicapped accessible.

We’ve spent almost 15 years making this into a sustainable homestead. For someone look to be more independent, this is perfect – ample water that can be accessed without power, 18 acres of woods that provide for all heating needs sustainably, food storage and preserving kitchen, wood heat, grazing suited for any livestock, raised garden beds with soil improvement, fruiting trees and bushes and wonderful neighbors who make this a true community. Very suitable for intentional community, extended family or anyone else.

Adorable baby goats could possibly stay. How can you resist? Why should you?

Edited to add – now listed by realtor. Asking $259K. Contact Michael Delman at 518-847-4320

More pictures:

[caption id="attachment_1837" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dining room view

Old Quaker Barn Beams in large living room

Master Bedroom

The Creek