Just curious in which part of the state.
hi,,l think l'm a homesteader,,self employed handyman,,basketmaker,l produce some of my electric,all my heat,hotwater,cook on a cookstove,preserve some veg, in a root cellar,l even used a ice box instead of a fridge,raise some chickens for meat and eggs,,some people call me cheap,,lol,l live in chenango co. n.yNewYorkGal said:Just curious in which part of the state.
diane greene said:Hi Jess - I assume you are not familiar with the geography around Manhattan. Anything under 2 1/2 hours is very expensive, even a tar paper shack (if you could find one) will run in the $180,000+ range and that would be with less than a 1/2 acre of land. Trailers in my area go for about $80,000-$100,000 if you can actually live in them at the time of purchase. No cabins, the weekenders bought them up long ago and turned them into LL Bean photoshoots.
I am on the edge of that 2 1/2 hour comuter range and technically you can take a bus to Manhattan ($28 round trip). There is also a train out of Dutchess County, but you would have to take a car to get to the station. Train costs as much as the bus, but runs less frequently. You could not live anywhere in upstate without a car. There is very little (almost 0) public transportation. Groceries are a 50 mile round trip in many areas. Another hour north it gets a little cheaper, but not much work is available.
Why do you have to be near Manhattan and why are you reluctant to get a car?