As the world becomes increasingly tech-driven, the enchantment of the all-American farm magnifies for many seeking a country escape or new forever home.
Some of these properties are viable, working farms in need of fresh attention, while others retain or channel bucolic vibes — and all are guaranteed to deliver the kind of tranquility you’re not likely to find in the five boroughs.
309 East Ancram Road, Ancram, NY
This contemporary farm-inspired home, built in 2006, has ample conveniences like high-end fixtures, a butler’s pantry and even a heated garage over a swanky 6,000 square feet. With five bedrooms and just as many baths, this hilltop haven has the space and the views to both call home and wow out-of-town guests. If that’s not enough, there’s also a pool, a true chef’s kitchen and fireplaces galore. Outside, 21 acres, an apple orchard and a raised vegetable garden are calling all green thumbs. Houlihan Lawrence has the listing.
921 Duell Road, Stanfordville, NY
Barely two hours from NYC, this 66-acre property marketed by Houlihan Lawrence boasts not only a party barn but a party shed, too, which makes this idyllic Catskills compound ideal for entertainers. Inside the main four-bedroom, two-bath dwelling, built in 1790, traditionalists will relish wide-plank floors, handcrafted cabinetry and artisanal stonework. Outdoors, the home features an al fresco-ready terrace and a private pond suitable for a quick dip in hot weather.
198 Blacksmith Road, Oley, Pa.
This stone-faced farmhouse, circa 1740, has six bedrooms, five baths and a whopping seven fireplaces. Original chestnut floors are underfoot at the front of the home, with repurposed oak in the home’s newer addition, which was thoughtfully designed to blend in with the rest of the abode. On the property, which is being marketed by Megan Hansen of Keller Williams, new owners will enjoy iconic elements of true farm life, including a bank barn, a corn crib, a spring house with pond and a piggery. Privacy fiends: this secluded property is fully surrounded by preserved farmland.
162 Branchville Road, Ridgefield, Conn.
Less than 60 miles from the city, this four-bedroom colonial maintains an air of modernity without losing any of its rustic appeal. The oversize kitchen with its custom-designed island and high-end appliances is a cook’s delight. A great room upstairs features a vaulted ceiling with a built-in entertainment center and a stone floor-to-ceiling gas fireplace. A tennis court is a highlight of the garden-filled grounds, along with a gazebo that has a dining patio. Ian O’Malley at Higgins Group Real Estate has the listing.
399 Brown Road, Ellenville, NY
This century-old property, which most recently served as an organic farm, offers 50 acres and a rocking chair-ready porch for those seeking a countryside Shangri-la. Inside this four-bedroom home, there’s a woodburning stove and an oversize eat-in kitchen. For DIYers, there’s a workshop and a barn on the property for tinkering; for foragers, there are blueberry bushes aplenty to pluck for fresh pies and jams. Megan Brenn-White of Keller Williams is marketing this listing.
40 Hubbell Mountain Road, Sherman, Conn.
Mt. Pleasant View Farm, listed with Katie Harrison of Fazzone & Harrison Realty, has all your swoon-worthy countryside accents, including a post-and-beam barn with a silo. The main residence has an expansive 4,000-square-foot floor plan and includes five bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms and a magnificent clawfoot soaking tub. Ten flat, usable acres lie outdoors housing, among other amenities, a heated inground pool with a pool house. Plus, a newly converted 1,200-square-foot apartment in a barn on the property means guaranteed rental income for new owners.
197 Rich Road, Shushan, NY
If your idea of happily ever after includes plans to escape to a sublimely quaint 72-acre farm near the Vermont border, then the aptly named Everafter Farm, built in 1900, might be worth a peek. Two classically hued red barns are suitable for livestock, horses and other farm creatures, and ancillary structures on the property are primed for artists and woodworkers seeking a close-to-home creative space. The 12-room single family home, replete with sweet Victorian design accents, spans over 2,800 square feet and features four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Meg Minehan with Roohan Realty has the listing.
12 Old Orchard Road, Hardwick, NJ
Within an hour of NYC, this fully updated three-bedroom colonial-style home from the early 1800s has a full-fledged farmhouse personality. But it also has appealing, high-demand amenities like locally sourced hardwood floors, central air and heat, and a dual laundry-mud room area for kicking off grimy wellies. Outdoorsy folks, you’re in luck: The home on 6 acres is convenient to both the Appalachian Trail and the Delaware Water Gap. Plus, included with the 10-acre property is an 800-foot swath of the Paulinskill River — great for kayaking and fishing. It’s for sale by owner.