One of the first things that attracted Randy Florke to The Catskills and Lower Hudson Valley was its lack of pretension. It is an area of aging farmhouses, “Mad Men” midcentury dwellings, and country cottages that lead to a family-owned general store in the center of town via a covered bridge. Upstate New York reflects the life style of a simpler time. The Rural Connection and its agents show you solid old houses, midcentury master pieces, workable farms–often with outbuildings on site–and the occasional country estate with acreage as far as the eye can see. If you’re looking for a house with character, perhaps a barn to renovate, if you relish quiet, a quaint village that offers local fare and maybe a little land to cultivate, if you consider the absence of neighbors a little piece of bliss, then we can explore together and find a place for you.
Randy Florke has an uncanny knack for predicting trends without succumbing to them, guided by a perspective that’s consistently spot-on yet beguilingly fresh. His early entrée into upstate New York, promoted out of this New York City West Village storefront, is but one example of his ahead-of-the-pack mentality. Recognizing the beauty of upstate New York with its rolling hills, ample farmland and plentiful waterways, Randy provided an alternative to weekend McMansions and traffic-clogged highways. At Randy’s real estate office in Greenwich Village, clients are much more likely to hear about a 19th century working farm flanked by cow pastures or a tucked away unexpected midcentury modern home with expansive views than an over sized weekend beachfront home complete with exaggerated price tag bragging!
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Real estate purchases in certain areas of The Catskills and even parts of the Lower Hudson Valley have a price point advantage. The lower home prices compared to other, similar areas an equal distance from New York City, are due, in part, to the availability of properties in “as is” condition. While restoration work is viewed by some as an exciting prospect, others have neither the time nor constitution for it.
“Managing your own construction/renovation project is like choosing to skydive without a parachute, not advisable and most certainly ensuring an undesirable route and outcome,” Randy always says