Active Rain December 14, 2010

What Does $350,000 Buy in Brewster, NY?

Brewster Victorian Manor House

$350,000 goes pretty far in Brewster these days. Today we closed on a listing at that very price which was quite uncommon: a Victorian manor house on 2 acres with a carriage house/garage and a view of the reservoir. It had been purchased in 2005 for $562,000 and restored before the economy tanked. An 1870 build (by circus entrepreneur Seth Howes), it had all the original moulding and trim, a root cellar, a greenhouse, a small out building, cobalt glass windows, porches, balconies, the original outhouse, and had been featured in some publications for its beauty and architectural note. As a matter of fact, the new owner is only the 4th owner since it was built during the Civil War reconstruction period! 

The home is 2300 square feet and has 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The whole setting is private, secluded and wonderful, yet the location is convenient to the highways and the village of Brewster, just 5 minutes away by car.

The home was a short sale, and in the process of getting the approvals, we were able to procure for the seller a $7,000 relocation credit from the first lender. Happy endings all around-not easy, but happy all the same!