It’s Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown, New York! Yes, and every baseball fan knows what that means: a few of baseball’s best players ever will be forever enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, with their bronze plaques added to the hallowed “Gallery” honoring the game’s greatest like Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, & Nolan Ryan. This year’s honorees include pitcher Bert Blyleven and 2nd basemen Roberto Alomar.
I’ve been a baseball fan since 3rd grade and I’ve loved Cooperstown since my first visit in 4th grade. It’s the “mecca” for baseball fans. But for me, the thrill is not only baseball-related. Cooperstown has history, culture, & it is absolutely beautiful. Located on the shores of stunning Otsego Lake, the village of Cooperstown features early-19th century homes, Victorians, a quaint downtown, ancient shade trees, & lush landscaping (this photo on Flickr is an example of what I mean). And there’s lots of cool stuff to do. Right there in town is the famous Fennimore Art Museum, the Farmer’s Museum (an historic village), the Leatherstocking Golf Course, the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, and just a few miles outside of town, the famous Glimmerglass Opera, the Ommegang Brewery (yummy Belgian-style ales!), the architectural gem Hyde Hall (ca. 1817), and even the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. But every time I visit, I am probably most enamored with the great old houses there. The village is full of beautiful historic houses. Perhaps my favorite house to fantasize about owning is The Inn at Cooperstown (pictured at upper left, but not for sale!).
Since I love Cooperstown so much (it ranks right up there with Concord, Massachusetts as my favorite village in the U.S.), I often peruse the real estate ads to see what kind of historic houses are for sale. With all of the hoopla about the Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend this week, I was again prompted to search their local market for old houses (I’d rather do this in person, but I can’t make it to Cooperstown this year, though I try to visit every year). As usual, there are a couple of very attractive historic homes that strike my fancy. But bring your checkbook– Cooperstown’s real estate prices reflect its desirability.
Here are a couple of them:
41 Nelson Avenue, Cooperstown — Asking $1,350,000
Ca. 1894 Queen Anne Victorian (3,900 sqft) near village’s downtown.
656 County Hwy 38, Cooperstown — Asking $795,000
ca. 1924, English-Style Stone “Cottage” on 16 acres, overlooking Otsego Lake.
184 Main Street, Cooperstown — Asking $695,000
Beautiful Queen Anne Victorian (3,300 sqft) just steps to the village downtown.
There are a few other old houses for sale right now, but these are my favorite. If you happen to be going to Cooperstown for the weekend’s festivities, maybe you can check out a couple cool historic homes. If you want to browse other Cooperstown homes for sale, just go to Realtor.com & search for “Cooperstown, NY.”