Perched atop the ridge-line that separates the Susquehanna and Delaware watersheds, this property looks out over one of the most beautiful valleys in the entire Catskill region. Built as the summer retreat for Anna Ayer Fry, daughter of the founder of the Meridale Dairy, New York City’s largest supplier of milk in the early 1900’s, this home has all the markings of a grand dam’ of the mountains. Imagine yourself sitting in a comfortable chair on the 2nd story sunroom, looking west over Meridale valley and the Ouleout Creek beyond. This view, alone, will awe and amaze.
The home still retains many of the classic Victorian era details in near-perfect condition. The Fry house was one of the center-pieces of life in Meredith Square. Along with the storied Meredith Inn, several churches and the post-office/general store, the area around this mountain-top community was active and productive in ways other communities could only dream of at the time.
Improvements have been added to the Fry house over the years, including modern electric, plumbing, heating and security, however, the beauty of this original gem still shines through. Two gorgeous glass-paneled sunrooms — 1st floor and 2nd floor — draw your attention. These beautiful spaces allow views to the west over a expansive lawn – at one time the site of clay tennis courts — and further out across the peaceful Ouleout Valley.
Offering more than just a great view, this home would make an ideal bed and breakfast. The large dining and sitting areas in the front of the house, each with elegant fireplaces, are perfect for large meals or grand parties. And the classic Victorian glass and stone-floor garden room off the west sitting room makes outdoor entertaining pleasant, even on a rainy summer day or a blustery fall afternoon. A large kitchen and historically accurate butler-pantry with original built-in shelves from floor to ceiling make meal prep and service easy. There is a back porch with steps down to the back drive, and the original ‘servants’ stairs off the kitchen make for quick access to the 2nd floor directly from the kitchen. There is a bathroom, and a bedroom on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor has 5 more bedrooms and 3 more bathrooms, with the western front bedroom having a large ensuite bathroom (and that great glass-paneled sun room). The eastern side room also has a convenient working sink right in the room. The home is part of the buildings that made up the historic Meredith Square, which is seeing a revitalization with the reopening of the historic Meredith Inn, a brewery nearby and many farm-to-table projects in the area. Currently, the house has a life as a home for seniors, but it was previously operated as a guest house. Imagine the new chapter you’ll be able to write here.
Additional Rental Income
The property includes a separate 2-bedroom cottage, and a spacious 3 bedroom home on the adjoining lot, both rented with monthly income of over $1100. Keep these for their rental income, or use them for support staff for your new restaurant / guest home project. You have a lot of options with this historical gem on Meredith Square.