Residential homes inside of Rockland Lake State Park are few, but one just hit the market.
A 19th-century Colonial at 82 Landing Road within the park's borders is now for sale.
Built around 1840, the 1,600 square-foot home features four bedroom, one bath, a fireplace and wood burning stove, wood floors, taxes under $6,000 (with the STAR) and sits on .09 of an acre.
The lot size may be small, but the home is surrounded by 1,079 acres of state park, and another 676 acres are close by at Hook Mountain State Park.
The home is listed at $319,000.
Many may know this property as the house with strange looking birds running around nearby; they're called Guinea Hens, and they're there for a reason. The homeowner, who has been living in the home for 65 years, picked up Lymes Disease—and consequently introduced the wild Guinea Hens to the area to eat deer ticks. The wild hens have since multiplied, and are now permanent residents of the park.
The home is located in Valley Cottage, but is situated in the Clarkstown School district.
To find the house, enter the park at the Congers entrance off 9W, follow around to the left, go up the hill and make another left. The Knickerbocker Engine Co. #1 is next door to the home.
On the sales front, the Rockland County real estate market is keeping up it's healthy pace. Year to date sales activity is up 8.6-percent. In 2011, the region had 649 home sales at this time; as of today, the region already has 706 sales in the books.
Browse the adjacent gallery for photos of recent sales, pending deals, and new listings.
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