‘Gatsby-ish’ New York village with restaurant, 9 homes asks $4.2M

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You won’t be the mayor of this upstate New York village, but now, for the first time in generations, you can own it.

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Indeed, the extraordinary offer, which includes a small private complex with its own restaurant and nine residences dotted across hilly green land, has gone on the market for $4.2 million, The Post has learned.

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Located in Oneonta, an hour and a half west of the state capital, the complex spans over 270 acres.

What’s more, the community includes 46 bedrooms, 27.5 bathrooms, chicken coops, a fenced-in tennis court, an expansive pool, a frog pond, and a manicured Japanese garden. Meanwhile, his restaurant has been serving customers for over 40 years, the listing notes.

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The estate, known as Emmons Farm, was owned by Lee Peaks and two other branches of the family, who now reside in Germany and Venezuela. The same family owned the majority of the land until 1835, the listing notes, and is now looking for a new generation to take over.

It was first owned by Pix’s great-grandmother, who took it upon herself to expand the already historic estate.

Restaurant Farmhouse.
Laszlo Andaks
Inside the restaurant.
Inside the restaurant.
Laszlo Andaks
The restaurant has tables and a bar.
The restaurant has tables and a bar.
Laszlo Andaks

“Up until 1964, it was used strictly as residential property,” Picks told The Post. In the following years, subsequent generations, only six people, spent time in this house, but since the family members live abroad these days, it is only used for joint weekends.

“Because this is such a beautiful and historic property, our family decided after years of deliberation that it deserved a new life,” Peeks added.

The main house, named Woodchuck Knoll, has 11 bedrooms and is the only residence that has never been rented out. Instead, it is used by families who live abroad when they come to the US, Peaks added.

The first building here dates from the mid to late 1800s. The grounds also include the Carriage Yard, a stately four-family home with exposed beamed ceilings; granary building; duplex residence next door; greenhouse, which is now converted into a three-room; and a cottage with two bathrooms, vaulted ceilings and a stone patio.

The former dung house is now a three-story, two-bedroom cottage known as the Cellar House, with an attic bedroom and vaulted ceilings. Then there is the Feedhouse, a cottage with one bedroom, one bathroom and a terrace overlooking the vastness of the land. Each residence has its own garage.

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The original six-burner stove with oven and heating pad from the 1930s.

The original six-burner stove with oven and heating pad from the 1930s.


Formal living room with built-in bookshelves.

Formal living room with built-in bookshelves.


Sun room.

Sun room.


The same family has owned the property since the 1830s.

The same family has owned the property since the 1830s.


Basement house.
Basement house.
Laszlo Andaks
The plot shows two separate residences.
The plot shows two separate residences.
Laszlo Andaks
Apartment buildings.
The apartment buildings have well-maintained gardens.
Laszlo Andaks

“When you sell a house, you want a good person to get it because you are investing in it. You put your life into this business. You want it to go to someone who appreciates it,” Peaks said. “But once they buy it, it belongs to them. I hope someone buys it and breathes life into it, especially my grandmother’s house. This is the one that sits empty. Whether they want to include apartments as a business. Do they want to develop more because there is a lot of real estate out there, we just didn’t have the money to develop it or the skills needed to do any development.”

In its current form, residences are rented out to local residents on an annual basis, including teachers working in local schools.

“We have been occupied for 25 years,” Pix said. “We never had any vacancies.”

Main house with pool access.
Main house with pool access.
Laszlo Andaks
All properties boast bucolic charm.
All properties boast bucolic charm.
Laszlo Andaks
Aerial photography of the object.
Aerial photography of the area with tennis courts.
Laszlo Andaks
One of nine residences on the site.
One of nine residences on the site.
Laszlo Andaks

“Every summer we took the kids to grandma’s farm.” added Jen Peaks, wife of Lee Peaks. “It was kind of a magical place. Swimming pool, tennis courts. It was then that they met their German and Venezuelan relatives.”

Woodchuck Knoll’s main house has a front entrance, a music room, a living room with a stone fireplace, and a dining room with a breakfast bar. The kitchen still has the original working 1930s six-burner stove with oven, as well as the original Icebox refrigerator. Since then, modern home appliances have also been installed. This main residence sits on 3.5 acres of land surrounded by pine trees for privacy.

“Over the past 40 years, the family has reinvested all rental income from buildings and income from adjacent commercial real estate to maintain the quality and beauty of … Emmons Farms,” Peeks said. “We hope the new owner will be just as interested in preserving the beauty of this historic site.”

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Carriage house.

Carriage house.


Game room garage.

Game room garage.


Living room.

Living room.


Living room in the main residence.

Living room in the main residence.


Living space.

Living space.


Open plan view of one of the nine residences on the site.

Open plan view of one of the nine residences on the site.


One of the living rooms has a wood-burning fireplace.

One of the living rooms has a wood-burning fireplace.


One of the kitchens in the residences.

One of the kitchens in the residences.


View of a large room.

View of a large room.


Garage for several cars.

Garage for several cars.


Arbor on the main site.

Gazebo on the main site.


The Peaks, who now spend time between Martha’s Vineyard and Florida, described the house as once “Gatsby-ish” in the early days.

“I have seen pictures of a Japanese garden with peacocks scrolling by. It was a different way of life,” Yang said. “This is a beautiful, beautiful property.”

Steve Gold and Rich Vizzini of Corcoran Country Living are holding list.

“In this business, we see some pretty impressive homes in some pretty unusual places. About two or three times a year we are lucky enough to represent real estate, which I consider to be unicorns, and Emmons Farm is one of my unicorns,” said Vizzini. “It has a rich history, is in immaculate condition and is ready to be passed on to the next owner, who I am sure will appreciate the history of the property and the care it has taken over the years.”

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