Ski homes have become quite the desirable commodity this year as people are eager to continue outdoor activities during the pandemic. And like the rest of the market, inventory for homes near the Hudson Valley’s ski areas in Greene and Ulster Counties is low, but demand is high as more people look to buy a second home in a destination location.
Candida Ellis, broker and owner of Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty, which specializes in homes in the Catskill Mountains and many other communities, says the mountaintop market is more popular than ever this year.
“It’s important to note that the word ‘ski home’ has changed,” notes Ellis. “There are so many other amazing things to do now, skiing is just a bonus.” And towns near the Hudson Valley’s ski areas — Hunter Mountain, Windham Mountain and Belleyaire — have done things to increase and enhance the four-season enjoyment.”
And while the average price for a ski home is $450,000, a significant increase from this time last year, luxury homes are also available. Here are three such options, at different price points.
Square footage: 2,916
Lot Size: 34.9 acres
Year Built: 2006
School District: Windham- Ashland-Jewett
This private chalet right off Windham Mountain channels royalty with its castle-like ambiance. Stained-glass and picture windows allow sunlight to seep into the grand, open living space that includes the kitchen, great room, and dining area. A staircase balcony overlooks the first floor with views of the soaring ceilings and exposed beams throughout the space.
The lower level houses a living space and kitchenette, perfect for entertaining guests. Outside, take in panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains from the deck, which stretches the length of the house, or from the hot tub. Two ponds sit on the property as well, along with plenty of room to ride snowmobiles or ATVs.
Square footage: 2,092
Lot Size: .58 acres
Year Built: 1986
Baths: 2 \½
School District: Windham-Ashland-Jewett
This log-sided ski chalet is the quintessential home for your trip to the slopes. The picture windows and vaulted ceilings offer gorgeous views of Windham Mountain, which is just a stone’s throw away.
The home comfortably sleeps 10 guests across its three-level layout. The first floor includes a ski mudroom and brand-new kitchen that opens to the living room and dining area with a beautiful brick fireplace. The second floor houses the master suite with an additional fireplace and expansive windows. The bottom level is equipped with a finished basement and stove. The wrap-around deck makes this home ideal for entertaining both outside and inside.
Although it is right off the slopes, this property is also close to the Alpine Spa, Windham Country Club, and Windham Bike Park. Whether you’re about to ski the day away, get cozy on the couch, or explore in the off-season, this home is the perfect location for it all.
Square footage: 2,724
Lot Size: 2.42 acres
Year Built: 1879
School District: Hunter-Tannersville
This private farmhouse property dates back to 1879. Just a short drive from Hunter, Windham, and Belleayre Ski Resorts, this beautifully restored property serves as a convenient home base.
The character of this charming home has been preserved through its modern renovations. Exposed beams, hardwood floors, pressed tin ceilings, and hand-burnished Venetian plaster highlight the old-world charm in this farmhouse escape. The chef’s kitchen is the perfect blend of renovation and restoration, complete with stainless steel appliances and a gorgeous stove and oven inset in brick.
With five bedrooms and ample shared living space, there are many nooks to cozy up with a book after your day on the slopes. In the warmer weather, the front porch and side deck offer space to kick back and relax. The property also includes a two-story barn in the backyard (perfect for entertaining), along with a stone firepit and breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains.