Description: Greene County’s abandoned zoo has long been a source of fascination in the Hudson Valley. For more than seven decades, the Catskill Game Farm was a beloved family destination with more than 2,000 animals on its grounds. After a period of turmoil and neglect following its closure in 2006, the property was acquired by new owners in 2012.
Under its current owners, the Catskill Game Farm transformed into The Old Game Farm, a mixed-use site open for camping and self-guided tours. In 2019, the owners debuted The Long Neck Inn, a renovated five-room inn located inside the zoo’s former Giraffe House. Now, in 2020, they hope to pass ownership to someone who shares their appreciation for the history of the space.
Listing for just under $2 million, 400 Game Farm Road spans 203 acres in scenic Catskill. On the grounds, The Long Neck Inn boast five guest rooms and 6.5 baths, along with a communal kitchen, game room, coffee station, and hot tub. For anyone who wants to peek inside, a virtual tour of the inn, which is stocked with mementos from the original Catskill Game Farm, is available here. Elsewhere on the property, more than 100 lingering buildings from the days of the Catskill Game Farm still stand, with 52 fenced areas and 3.5 miles of paved roadway for easy navigation.
In addition to The Long Neck Inn, the former rhino house has 12,000 square feet of space, with even more square footage available in units across the property. For equestrians, the farm has a 14-stable horse barn with 16 outdoor pens and run-ins. The property has an ample 252,000 square feet of parking, along with 100 power polls with three-phase electric.
Asking price: $1,995,000
Selling points: While The Old Game Farm’s historic significance in the Hudson Valley is an appeal in itself, so too is its wealth of outdoor opportunity. Beyond the zoo-era edifices, the farm plays host to four camping sites and connects to more than 20 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.
An investment property capable of transforming into everything from an animal sanctuary or campground to a resort or private estate, the Catskill Game Farm awaits a new owner with the imagination to bring its next chapter to life.
Listing agent: Rip Van Winkle Mountain Realty