by INHABIT EDITORS
Cabin fever? These Corcoran
listings might well be the cure.
There’s something to be said for a home that entices with irresistible simplicity, an escape from the grind in all its forms that inspires us to better appreciate life’s ultimate luxury: time.
From distant country retreats to an eclectic urban hideaway in New York City’s outer boroughs, here are some of the most enchanting cottages and cabins currently for sale across Corcoran to reconnect with life, nature, and one’s own true self.
Indoors and outdoors meet in peaceful symmetry at this mid-century cottage, minutes from the intimate Clearwater Beach. Originally built in the 1970s, this home has been lovingly remastered for modernity. A series of glass doors flood the home with natural light and serve as access points from about every room—including the bedrooms—to an irresistible wraparound porch. The roof extends over a portion of the porch, providing an area to sit and soak up your surroundings or even partake in some outdoor dining. Should the weather be too frigid for a barbecue, a wood stove stands by to keep everyone comfortable as they admire the elements from inside.
Nature surrounds all sides of this three-bedroom mill house near East Hampton Village, which lies in the embrace of abundant trees for a true aura of serene solitude. On the ground level, exposed ceiling beams intersect with wall shelving—ideal for storing everything from kitchenwares to books to anything else you can’t quite find the space for. Just below, a fireplace with a brick hearth punctuates the place’s status: a harmonious merger of rural cottage and woodland cabin. A manmade pond divides the property’s sea of green grass from its natural formation swimming pool, a gap traversable only via a wooden footbridge.
This custom timber home, set on 20 private acres in Greene County, lies about a 20 minute drive from Windham Mountain and a half hour from downtown Catskill. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the well-sized residence melds rustic charm with modern conveniences. The open-plan living area has high vaulted ceilings, and the living and dining rooms boast oversized sliding glass doors that lead out to their own covered porches. The remarkable property, set beside Catskill Creek, is a true year-round retreat, close to skiing, hiking, and a water park. If you just want to hunker down, there’s a heated garage with an artist’s studio, a board-and-batten barn, and a greenhouse. The main residence, garage, and greenhouse all have efficient wood stoves to keep you warm and toasty.
Monroe is a charming hamlet in the lower Hudson Valley, where city folk would go to spend their summers in vacation bungalows. This nicely renovated three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage was built in 1945, dating to that Dirty Dancing-era, and is perfect for year-round living or as a weekend escape. Inside, there’s wood-paneled rooms, original hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling, and a brick-and-stone fireplace. A new roof, electric, plumbing, and a new kitchen means updated comfort with retro style. Monroe is close to hiking and biking trails, fishing and boating lakes, and great local farms for the freshest produce.
You don’t even need to leave city limits for a taste of something more “great outdoors” than “concrete jungle.” This four-bedroom cottage in Bayside is a needed reminder there’s more to New York City than towering skyscrapers, modern penthouses, and block upon block of brownstones. The eclectic, wood-forward interior evokes somewhere far more distant than Queens. There’s a true backyard with a deck—the kind of outdoor space Manhattanites dream of—and an unfinished basement, posing an opportunity limited only by your imagination. Did we mention it’s minutes from Fort Totten Park and Long Island Sound?
Just a 25-minute drive to Northstar, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin is the ideal place to unwind après-ski. A pair of bunk beds—each a lofted twin over a full—in the top floor bedroom (with a game room next door) makes the upper level kid central. Downstairs, the great room is perfect for maxing and relaxing with its mountain views, vaulted ceiling, and wood stove. The house is less than a mile from the Trout Creek Recreation Center, which has a pool, gym, and an adjacent restaurant and pub, The Lodge.
This cute 1920 Victorian bungalow, with two bedrooms and one-and-half bathrooms covering 847 square feet, lies in Oakland’s Dimond District. Period details abound here, with ornamental doorways inside and an elegant archway connecting the living room and the dining room, and outside, a scalloped gable with intricate trim. It’s easy to stroll to La Farine Bakery for a morning pastry to savor in the yard. And for commuters, the neighborhood has easy access to I-580 and to the AC Transit Transbay buses to San Francisco.
In Kalapana Seaview Estates, this airy Big Island cottage has two bedrooms and a bathroom on the upper level, and a studio apartment downstairs, with its own bathroom and kitchenette. This house has a delightful Hawaiian flair inside and out, with nine-foot ceilings, abundant light, bamboo floors, woven bamboo wall and ceiling panels, and a lanai outside the second floor. In the garden, you’ll find avocado, breadfruit, lime, lemon, papaya, mango, and kukui trees, as well as banana plants. The neighborhood has a circus arts training school (yes, you read correctly) and a nearby farmers market featuring food grown in the community.