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Property Location
839 Amsterdam Road, Scotia, NY
[Schenectady County]
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24 acres available
20 open acres for farming
4 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):

The property is improved by a brick farmhouse built in 1803, 5 historic barns including a corncrib, a farmstand type building from which milk used to be sold, a wellhouse and an old smokehouse.  The largest barn has a silo and small "old-fashioned" milking parlor.  The main field, consisting of approximately 20 acres, is rented by a dairy farmer and has been planted in corn for many years.  There are 2 fields, one on either side of the house and each roughly 2-4 acres, that are currently mowed, as well as a large yard .  The house is in good shape for its age.  The barns have been used for storage and have fallen into some disrepair so need work including window replacement, roof and siding repair and floor stabilization.

Farm history / past uses of the property:

The farm originally was comprised of much more land and started as a broom corn farm.  We're told that after harvesting the broom corn from the fields, they made the brooms in one of the barns.  When brooms went out of favor because vacuum cleaners came along, the owners switched to Angus cows, and later changed to dairy cows.  The members of the family that owned the property since the 1840s stayed in ownership until the late 1970s, but as they aged they started renting the fields for corn production and rented the barns for storage.  In the 1980s someone rented part of the main barn and one of the fields for a few cows, pigs and horses.  One of the fields next to the house as well as the large lawn behind the house were used for large gardens, mainly of vegetables with some flowers.  There's also a small raspberry patch in the field where the gardens were.

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • Water access
  • Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
  • Farmer housing
  • Electrical Access

Water access description:

The house is on public water and also has a dug well that used to serve the house.  There are water spigots serving the 2 fields on either side of the house.  The milk house and one of the barns have sinks with water lines tied into the well, but water hasn't been used in either of those locations for quite some time.

Barns/structures description:

See above under "Description of Property's Current Condition".  The barns consist of:

1.  A 2 story wooden barn previously used as a workshop that has 4 bays where cars, trucks and/or tractors could be stored, and more storage upstairs.  The upstairs area also works as a drying area for crops.

2.  A 2 story wooden barn (with an old attached outhouse), area inside for storage as well as a room with a sink and another room where a stove used to be hooked up.

3. A 2 story wooden barn with the first floor divided in half and an overhang on the side for wood or other storage.  There used to be a root cellar under this barn but it collapsed so the floor should be stabilized.

4. A corn crib that needs work.

5. A main barn with a huge double door for storing heavy equipment.  This barn contains a room with a feeding bin that could house a few pigs.  There's also a room with a stall for horses, a milking room with 2 rows for milking cows and an attached silo.  The roof between the barn and silo has a hole so must be repaired.  There's also an attached 2 story barn with a separate entrance.

6. A medium sized barn with high 2 storu ceilings that could be converted to 2 floors.

7. A building that was previously used to sell milk.

8. A brick smokehouse built with the house in 1803.

9. A gazebo overthe dug well.

Farmer housing description:

The 3 story brick farmhouse was built in 1803 and contains 4 bedrooms, 3 baths (1 with tub and other 2 with shower), sunroom, laundry room, kitchen, family room with woodstove, main entrance hallway, living room, dining room, library/staging area for dining room, attic and small cellar.

Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Livestock/crops description :

The property has had beef and dairy cows, pigs and horses over the years, although none recently so best to confirm by checking the zoning regulations. 

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

For Sale

Sale price or estimated market value:


Description of tenure options:

For sale only.

Additional Information

Conservation status:

In Progress

Current land zoning:


Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:


Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

Our goal is to preserve the property so the historic buildings aren't demolished and the property isn't developed for other than what the current Rural Residential and Agricultural District zoning allows.  As a result, we plan to include a covenant in the deed that the owner can't seek a zone change or use the property for anything that isn't authorized by the current Town zoning code for this district.  The land is between a Town park and residential housing development, and the neighbors enjoy the farm being there.  They're not fond of the odor of liquid manure application to the fields, though, which the tenant used this year for the first time.

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?:


Are you willing to have the public on the property as a part of the farm business?:


Any additional information about this property:

This property has a lot of history.  In addition to the ag uses, it's along the Mohawk River and there are indigenous artifacts in the main field.  The property is on a main thoroughfare and close to potential markets.

Historic architect report available on request.

For additional information or to schedule a showing, please contact: 

Laura Conrad
Licensed Real Estate Broker
Purdy Realty LLC
518-229-4943 cell
[email protected]