So here we return to New York for a look at an Amish home that just appeared on Zillow a day ago. On first glance I must admit I wasn’t sure if it was an Amish-owned home (note the old-school TV antenna on top), but that it is. It’s simply a home that was previously lived in by non-Amish people (as other features in the home, like power outlets, indicate).
That’s pretty common and especially in newer and smaller communities, where it may be simpler to just buy a pre-existing home and “Amishize” it rather than constructing one from scratch.
In this photo you see the rear of the home, a buggy, and catch a glimpse on the lower right of what might be the home’s current owner.
This is quite a simple and plain, even rough Amish home (no frills) and you’ll see what I mean when we look inside. First the fairly extensive details via Zillow:
38 acre Land for Sale with Off-Grid 4 Bedroom Farmhouse, Russell, NY! Great Opportunity for Hobby Farm with Large Barns and Artesian Well! This property is currently part of a working Amish Dairy Farm with 2 large barns, a milk house, an off-grid home, and a natural Artesian spring well. The house is a classic farmhouse with 2 stories. It offers 3 bedrooms upstairs and one on the first floor, The house has a large dining area, family room and a spacious kitchen. There are no bathrooms just an outhouse; no septic, electricity or modern plumbing in the home as the family removed them to accommodate their lifestyle.
So the no bathrooms tells us it’s one of the plainer groups. There is a small Amish community at Russell, NY, one of six in St. Lawrence County. This appears to be a Swartzentruber Amish home. There is a large Swartzentruber Amish community in the county, but this is a different one (St. Lawrence is by far the largest county in New York, so there’s space).
Power and high-speed internet are available at the road. This property has a great source of water, there is a natural Artesian well that is gravity fed and serves the house, barn and milk house. Located on a quiet country road, this farm offers a great location in a quiet country setting. The land is a nice plot of land and offers all the resources needed to be self-sustained; Fresh spring Water, Great soil, Plenty of open land for pasture and a gravel pit.
The buildings, just don’t fall in love with the silos:
There are many buildings included in sale: 2600 Sq. ft. Farmhouse with 4 bedrooms. 5000 Sq. ft. Barn with 2000 Sq. ft hay loft, 18 stalls for cows and 5 horse stalls. 1500 Sq. ft. Barn for equipment storage and hay loft. 16 X 40 Storage lean-to. Chicken Coup. ****Silos are not included in the sale and will be taken down after closing****
And a bit more general info, 38 acres is not a bad size but I wonder how it compares to other farm sizes in the area.
This 38-acre property features: 5 to 6 acres of agricultural land with tilled soil perfect for garden or crops. Fully fenced pasture lands, with a mix of forest and open land. Artesian spring well. Interior access roads. 2010 feet of Road frontage. Year-round Access. Two large barns with multiple outbuildings for storing equipment.
Now a look inside.
Starting with the kitchen table. Nothing much in the way of decor here save for the simple clock hanging above it. However this home is full of the blue-painted window and door frames, which is a pretty common thing in Swartzentruber Amish homes. I’ve always liked that aspect. They may be plain, but that dab of color makes them quite cheery.
One view of the sink area. Notice there is a water source here. Very rough flooring.
Same sink from another angle. The light blue cabinet (hutch?) has a completely new, and less Amish, appearance than the other furniture in this place. The color is in the ballpark of the other blue used on the frames, but several shades off. To me it actually looks like something from IKEA. This piece of furniture seems more out of place than anything else I see in this home.
What is the red implement used for?
Here we see the kitchen stove area, located in an elevated room. That’s another sign this isn’t an Amish-built home, not the kind of design they’d use (I’m not sure who builds homes this way anymore for that matter, or the purpose of having that step-up to trip on every time you want to go into that room).
Note oe of multiple outlets at right. Provides a contrast with the teardrop oil lamp in the background.
This appears to be another part of the kitchen area with a china cabinet. However unlike most such cabints, the glass has been replaced with a wood or wood-like material. So this doesn’t have the same display value as a typical china cabinet would. Not sure if that was intentional or just a practical decision.
Here we have some sort of room, I’m not quite sure what to name it, with a heating stove. Sad iron sitting on said stove. Is that a children’s alligator dartboard behind the exhaust pipe?
This looks like an “in-between” room, connecting kitchen and the room above. Stairs to the left.
A good view of the lighting used in this home. Not very bright.
Stairs leading up to the bedrooms. I can’t show you any bedroom photos because they’re not included in the listing. I can’t show you any bathroom photos because there aren’t any. The plainest Amish use outhouses.
Here we see probably the owner again taking a team out into the fields.
More views of the land and stream or spring on the property.
Here are the silos which are leaving with the owners:
So how much for this four-bedroom, quite plain home, on 38 acres, which would take a decent bit of converting to get it up to English standards?
The property is on the market for $155,000, and is repped by Kirk Goodrow of NY Outdoor Realty.