An Amish Farmhouse on a 100-Acre Property with Ice House (25 Photos)
The location is Falconer, New York (Chautauqua County) and the listing has some beautiful snowy exterior shots as well as some nice interior shots showing a plain but pleasant Amish farm home.
This home, built in 1910, was originally English and had relatively recent English owners, as seen most obviously by the electric switches and outlets throughout. The style of the place including the wallpaper, wood paneling and other elements suggest the same. Beyond that, the place reveals its current “Amish identity” with lots of Amish details including furniture, floor rugs and lamps.
Description via Realtor.com:
We are pleased to present a charming Amish farm on 100 acres in Falconer with views and a new barn. This 1910 country farm house is a modern home with electricity and forced air heat on site needing only to be turned back on.
Five bedrooms and a bathroom with a large open style kitchen/dining room complete the interior living space. The house has all oak window trims and casing, and the room moldings are heavy with he same matching oak finishes. Hardwood floors are though out he main living area and kitchen, needing a little TLC to bring them back to shine.
A new 60 x 68 (2017) barn with an ice house (8 x 10) and loft was built for livestock and hay that is the sister building to the original 32 x 36 (1995) barn. Both barns have large lean to’s.
The new barn has a 21 x 38 lean to while the original barn has a 24 x 40 lean to. A 12 x 50 Silo (2018), a 12 x 16 (2016) tool shed and chicken coop also accompany the farm as another pair of outbuildings for the country lifestyle.
Upon approach, the farm is up a shared driveway on top of a hill giving pretty views west for sunsets. The rest of the property is beautifully laid out in a series of hay producing fields and pasture with a south west corner woods that has a creek running through it holding a good deer population. The entire property is fenced with 2, 3 or 4 wire barbed wire fences, and each of the pastures are divided.
The rest of the description gives more technical details on the size of the buildings as well as information on tillable acres (57), woods acres (22), and property taxes ($2996).
Inside the home, living area.
Cheery colorful elements throughout.
Eating area and stove, moving towards the kitchen. Note the peeling wallpaper. Not something Amish would put up themselves – but might leave it in, if they’ve purchased an English home.
The striped floor pattern would also be unusual and eye-catching for an Amish-built home. Not quite sure what the material is but it looks like it is covering a more conventional wood floor.
The lamp adds a classic Amish touch to this kitchen. Is that a knife holder attached to the side of the cabinet? You can also notice outlets and light switches here.
Another example of that.
Quite a rustic looking rocker in this room. What’s the black boxy item in back?
A little sun room area.
No hanging your toes off the end of the mattress with this style of bed.
One of the upstairs bedrooms.
Looks like the icehouse. Another mark of a plainer Amish home. More progressive Amish use liquid propane or natural gas refrigerators. Plainer ones harvest ice each year or purchase it.
Back outside for a few more views.
So what’s the price for this five-bedroom home on a 100-acre property?
It was listed not quite two weeks ago for $319,000. This is significantly more than the price of the “abandoned” Amish farmhouse we looked at two weeks ago. That one was also in upstate New York (albeit much more remote being nearly in Canada) on a similarly-sized plot of land, and in worse condition. This property is represented by Paul Vaicunas of White Tail Properties Real Estate.
The house definitely needs to be painted, some work needs to be done on the inside as well; linoleum is curling up at the edges in the kitchen and I think the wallpaper is peeling off the wall in a few spots. I’m not sure what kind of treatment the outbuildings would require, but if painting is needed I’m guessing it would involve thousands of dollars, maybe less if a bunch of Amish guys did all the work. I wonder what shape the roof is in, if a new roof is needed then that is more money that needs to be spent. All in all I am of the impression that whoever is asking $319,000 may need to come down a little despite the acreage. It seems to have potential though whether the buyer is Amish or not. I think I recall reading that many Amish people are finding New York State attractive as far as buying a farm is concerned.
Three Teenagers Singing
Hi, in early 2020 you put up a video of three teenagers singing I Give You Freedom. I loved to play this but unfortunately it seems unavailable now. Is there any chance you could provide a link to it again please.
Really enjoy your site even though I’m miles away in the UK.
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I wasn’t aware but right looks like it’s no longer up. That video was made by Phil Sarlo – I don’t know what happened there, perhaps he was asked to remove it, though I’m pretty sure he gets permission to film all the videos he shares. So, hard to say. But, I do notice that at least one more of his videos with Amish singing is still available online – an Amish youth group singing several songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiXtuyeEyKA&t=2s