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Location: Alexandria, N.Y.
The Skinny: Before the freezing temperatures arrive in Upstate New York, we decided to take one last look at a Curbed favorite, the Thousand Islands. Home to one of America's creepiest-looking run-down old mansions, the archipelago also boasts plenty of well-maintained getaways left over from the Gilded Age of summering. The tiny island estate known as Estrellita is one such property. Connected to, and we're not making this up, Fairyland Island by a quaint stone footbridge, Estrellita is an eight-bedroom Queen Anne with breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence, a four-slip boat house, a Japanese-style stone hut for the generator, and interior details befitting its turn of the century construction. Listed for $1.25M, this would be one outstanding second home for the family willing to bear the five-hour trek from NYC, or a Canadian family making the much shorter drive down from Montreal or Ottawa. Just don't be prepared to spend a delightful winter out on the island, when nighttime temperatures have been known to dip to the single digits.
· Estrellita Island [Prudential]
· The Spookiest, Creepiest Old Houses For Sale in America [Curbed National]