Here's your chance to own a piece of history: The 1908 School has been an architectural anchor in Callicoon for over a century. Originally a school for generations of local residents, the building has also served as a dress factory and a piano-repair facility. The current long-term owners are artists/builders who have made many functional and aesthetic improvements over the years, so in addition to vast, soaring spaces with lots of light, you'll find a 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartment with modern amenities for year-round living. About those vast, soaring spaces: Let's start with the gymnasium, a 60' x 34' hardwood-floored gym with 20' ceilings, halide lighting, ceiling fans, a basketball court, and a 36' x 16' stage -- heated by a 265,000 BTU propane heater and accessed by a hallway off the main school building. On the second floor of the school, a huge 60' x 29' room with big windows and a southern exposure admit lots of light. Adjacent to that is a 40' x 22' woodshop and on the street side, a 35' x 22' space, again with big windows and southern exposure. It's all about light and space -- great for art and/or yoga studios, or workshops of any kind. On the first floor, a grand, oak-trimmed entry with historic doors, wainscoting, light fixtures and tin ceiling leads to the residential apartment, beautifully created by the restoration craftsman owner. The kitchen features stainless appliances, tile counters, custom cabinetry, and more of that southern-exposure light -- which also illuminates the living/dining areas. Three bedrooms, a den, and two modern, tiled bathrooms complete the living space on that side. Across the center hall you'll find a 23' x 21' artist's studio with high ceilings, big windows, track lighting and a 14' x 8' annex. Behind that, a 36' x 29' room currently used for storage -- could be a family room, another studio, etc. Throughout the building, original details such as fine woodwork, stained glass, wainscoting, and warm radiators are reminders of the building's rich history. The building sits on a massive, full-dimension stone foundation -- basement measures 62' x 57' -- with high ceilings and walk-in entry/exit, for more storage or finishable space. Two oil-fired boilers provide the heat -- one for the apartment, one for the rest of the building. (The gym has its own propane-fired heat.) Eight zones let you control the heat throughout the building. Two 200-amp electric panels plus two 100-amp subpanels provide all the power you need. An additional quarter-acre lot is available, accessed from adjacent High Street, which gives you space to play, create a firepit, camp out -- or more parking. Total combined lot size is 1.14 acres -- in the heart of Callicoon. This is a unique property that invites creative, imaginative uses. It is zoned mixed use, so it can accommodate such venues as an arts center, performance spaces, healing arts facility, multiple retail/residential spaces, and whatever you can dream up. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, with ornamental trees, perennial gardens, stone walls and intimate gathering nooks. You can walk to everything in bustling, happening Callicoon -- #1 Main Street in America, according to Country Living Magazine -- great restaurants, shops, the Delaware River, Farmer's Market, and more. You're 2 hours from NYC, 15 minutes to Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, and Ground Zero to one of the most colorful, exciting hamlets in the western Catskills.
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