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A custom-built country house close to Catamount, for $649,000

This three-bedroom, four-bath house was built in 2007 and sits on almost 7-acres overlooking the Green River Valley.

William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty

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The small town of Hillsdale, New York sits close to both Hudson and Great Barrington in Massachusetts. Its main draw, particularly in the winter, is the family-owned Catamount ski resort, which is one of the region's best mid-sized ski spots, and offers 36 trails that cover a range of expertise. In the summer, Catamount runs a zipline that it claims is the "biggest zipline in North America," dubbed the "Catamonster."

Hillsdale is also close to Bash Bish Falls State Park, which is just over the Massachusetts border and is home to the state' s highest single-drop waterfall. Other local highlights include the Rodgers Book Barn, a nearly 50-year-old used bookstore known for its out-of-print offerings and out-of-the-way location; the Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary, a 1,039-acre sanctuary for birds at risk from climate change; and the Roeliff Jansen Park, 300 acres of once-private farmland that's now owned by the state.

There are also some good places to eat nearby—famed Berkshires eatery the Old Mill is technically in South Edgemont, Massachusetts, as is John Andrews Farmhouse, but it's just a short drive from Hillsdale proper. In town, solid choices include O' Hillsdale Country Diner and farm-to-table eatery Crossroads Food Shop

If any of that sounds appealing, consider the three-bedroom, four-bath house at 151 Stagecoach Rd., now on the market for $649,000. The house was custom built in 2007 and is rife with country touches, like a wood paneled foyer and front door with decorative glass.

Living space includes a dramatic, two-story living room, complete with wood-paneled walls and a full wall of windows. 

Here's the view from the stairs.

The dining room has big windows and what looks like built-in shelving.

The chef's kitchen has been outfitted with stainless steel appliances and what look like granite counters.

The first-floor bedroom appears to have deck access.

 

There's a first-floor bath as well.

The screened-in porch looks like it's a great three-season room.

There's also a deck with lush wooded views.

On the second level, there's a loft area that could be used as a family room, den, or guest bedroom.

There are two additional bedrooms upstairs.

And two baths, including one with a tub and separate shower.

There's also a three-car garage, with room for storage. The current owners seem to be using it as an additional workspace.

And here's a view of the whole property.

The house is about a two-and-a-half hour drive from Manhattan.