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Scott — Arkville, NY

Profile PICWhy did you decide to look for a home in the Catskills?
I fell in love with the Catskills the first time I paid a visit. I’ve been visiting on weekends for a few years and instead of dreaming about a place of my own I made it a reality.

How did you end up here?
It’s funny how things have a way of working out. I walked into this house and immediately knew this was the place. My mind was made up before I even toured the rest of the property. It did not meet all of my “must-haves” but in the end it’s the perfect place.

How long have you owned your home here?
It will be a year next month. The past year has been exceptionally wonderful even with the anomalous frozen weather last winter.

How do you make weekending work for you?
Thanks to telecommuting I consider myself a ‘most-timer’ versus a weekender. I tend to come up Wednesday afternoons and stay through Sunday or Monday. My longer term goal is to make the Catskills my permanent residence.

What do you love about the Catskills?
There are so many places to explore. Each town or village has their own unique vibe and there is a strong sense of community everywhere. I love connecting with nature whether gardening in my yard, hiking one of the many trails or tubing down Esopus Creek.

What are your favorite things to do here?
Cycling in the Catskills is one of the best ways to take in its stunning scenery. Whether hitting the Catskill Scenic Trail or trekking across Route 28 you’ll never have a dull ride. Sitting by the fire while something good is cooking in the kitchen during a snow storm with a house full of friends and family.

Name one thing you love about your house or property?
My front porch! It has become my extended living room over the summer. The best afternoons are sitting on the front porch with a great book while listening to the river and the occasional rain storm.

What advice would you give to people who are beginning to look for real estate in the Catskills? A house is just a shelter and an address. A home is what you make out of it. Don’t get caught up in the minutiae of paint colors, tile you hate, the condition of the yard and other perceived flaws. Your imagination and creativity needs to be part of the search and decision making.


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