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A home near the Catskills to fulfill your 'Dirty Dancing' dreams

This property includes a carriage house and a separate studio apartment.

Coldwell Banker

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Summer in the Catskills is a classic American tradition. The mountain range was once a go-to vacation spot, thanks to its large resorts and summer colonies (think "Dirty Dancing") for New Yorkers looking to escape the hot city in the days before air conditioning. While the famed Borscht Belt (so-called because of its once large concentration of Jewish immigrants) is now mostly defunct, the area's natural beauty and proximity to New York City still draws summer visitors and year-round residents alike.

Area highlights include Hudson River School founder Thomas Cole's historic and picturesque home; hiking to Kaaterskill Falls, the highest cascading waterfall in New York State; hiking the scenic Overlook Mountain, and visiting the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which overlooks the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. 

If any of that sounds appealing, consider this artsy-looking four-bedroom, three-bath property at 118-120 Maple Street in Cementon, a few miles from Catskill Park, now on the market for $949,000. The property offers a three-bedroom carriage house as the main living space, in addition to a studio apartment that sits above a greenhouse, and is exquisitely perched right beside the Hudson River. It's hard to get a sense of the interior of the carriage house because the listing only offers a glimpse, but the views from the studio's main living space are spectacular.

The sleeping area is slightly separated from the main living room, and offers panoramic river views, should you enjoy waking up surrounded by water.

Here's a closer look at the carriage house, which is outfitted with an office, library, and heated garage.

There's a gorgeous yard sandwiched between the carriage house and greenhouse.

A true highlight on the property is the gazebo on a dock.

Here's a better look at the view from the gazebo.

There's a good hammock spot.

The current owners have set up a little dining spot on an outdoor patio overlooking the river.

There's a deck.

And a beautiful dock.

Each bedroom at the carriage house has its own deck.

Other highlights include central air-conditioning and a heated two-car garage. The house is a two hour drive from the city, and located just across the river from the city of Hudson.

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