• House: 3 bedrooms / 1 baths
• Acres: 11.2
• Square Feet: 875
• Built: 1949
• Heat: Oil-fired forced hot air, installed 2010; Wood stove
• Hot Water Heater: Electric, installed 2013
• Well: Drilled
• Septic: New in 2011
• Siding: Cedar
• Screened Porch: About 500 sq ft.
• Satellite TV & Internet: Yes
• Town of Delaware, Sullivan County
• SBL: 17.-1-6
• Taxes: School $2,458
• Taxes: Town/County $2,518
• Listing Price: $225,000 SOLD
I was first charmed by the house known locally as the "Old Campbell Place" several years ago when the owners, weekenders living in Brooklyn, contacted me about offering their house as a vacation rental. They had great success with this, and covered their mortgage costs as well as funded numerous upgrades and improvements to the property with the extra income.
The turnkey, year-round home presents a number of notable features, but my favorite is the large, screened-in porch, roomy enough to seat a sizable crowd for dinner, and with plenty of additional space for lounging on a hot summer's day. The very cool, retro fridge, which currently serves as a bar, will remain.
French doors open into the house, where white beadboard paneling and cottage-style windows present a cheerful and airy feel to the open plan space. Open shelving in the kitchen provides extra storage and is handy for displaying your glassware or weekend antiquing finds. The fridge was purchased in the last few years. Beyond the dining area is a comfortable lounging area, made all the more cozy with a wood-burning stove.
Down the corridor are three bedrooms, and bathroom that features a clawfoot tub and a large built-in, beadboard-fronted cupboard. Vintage fixtures add a country flair to the space.
A basement runs nearly the full length of the house, and is accessed both by stairs from the house, and via a garage door from outside. The oil-fired furnace (2010), above ground oil tank, and hot water heater (2013) are down there, but there's plenty of room in this dry space for storage or a workshop.
In terms of exterior amenities, the outdoor shower gave the screened porch a run for its money as far as my personal ranking goes. And that gorgeous hydrangea with exceptionally large blooms thriving right next to the shower is a complete marvel!
The owners built a deck alongside the lawn for outdoor lounging, that they trimmed with strings of lights for evening ambiance. A fire pit with tree stumps for seats is a must-have amenity for nighttime tall tales and s'mores. Following the sign for the "Creek", one follows a series of paths and stairs down the ravine to the pretty, babbling brook which forms pools and small waterfalls as it makes its way through the property. When it is flowing mightily, you can hear the calming sounds from the house.
The Old Campbell Place is on a quiet country road, with not another house in sight, and is just minutes from the restaurants, farmers' markets and shops of Callicoon, as well as the scenic Delaware River.