Comparing those two cases, you can see how different Amish homes can be.
The Ohio home is from a New Order Amish church. The New York home is from a Swartzentruber community. They are quite different inside (and outside, for that matter).
This one is from another rather conservative Amish tradition – the Troyer Amish. This interior would be more like the Swartzentruber home.
This abode is located in Conewango Valley in western New York.
It’s a small home on a small property (about 1300 square feet, “1+” bedroom, on about 1.5 acres). Maybe owned by a young family, childless couple, or older couple?
The price? $44,900.
Why is the home online? You’d first think the owner would easily find a buyer within his own community.
This is a large community (15 church districts) with a good number of new families coming up all the time.
The home lacks public electricity lines (as well as indoor toilets, as is the norm in this group) – seemingly ready-to-go for another Amish family to move in.
Perhaps they wanted to maximize the potential price they might get by reaching outside buyers?
The Syracuse.com article (which sounds more like real estate sales text) tells us that “The possibilities are endless for this nice property. It can turn into a cool artist retreat, a house in the country, or just a place to live off the grid.”
Or…could it be that the owners are no longer with their church?
If they are in the Bann, then that means not doing business with church members in good standing.
We’re told that the sellers do woodworking and quilting, and not much more info than that.
I guess that mystery will remain for now.
For us it’s an opportunity to see what the interior of a home in this Troyer Amish community is like.
You can view the full agent listing here. I’ve shared some of the more interesting photos below.
What do you notice?
Another view of the kitchen.
Wash area inside the barn.
Also inside the barn.
And we close with another view of the weaving room.