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

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

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In fact, a generic offering — consisting of a small, private complex with its own restaurant and nine residences spread across rolling green land — has entered the market for $4.2 million, The Post has learned.

Located in the city of Oneonta – a half hour west of the state capital – the combination is spread over 270 acres.

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What’s more, the community includes 46 bedrooms, 27.5 bathrooms, a chicken house, a fan-in tennis court, an expansive pool, a frog pond, and a manicured Japanese Garden. Meanwhile, its restaurant has been serving customers for more than 40 years, the listing notes.

Known as Emmons Farm, the property is owned by Lee Piques and two other branches of the family who now live in Germany and Venezuela. The same family has owned much of the land since before 1835, the listing notes – and is now looking for a new generation to take over it all.

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It previously belonged to Peaks’ great-grandmother, who took it upon herself to expand what was already a historic property.

Farmhouse Restaurant.
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Inside the restaurant.
Inside the restaurant.
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The restaurant has booth seating and a bar.
The restaurant has booth seating and a bar.
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“Until 1964, it was used strictly as a residential property for him,” Peeks told The Post. Later years saw later generations, six in total, spend time at the property – but these days with family members living abroad, it is only used for the occasional weekend.

“Because it’s such a beautiful and historic property, our family decided after many years of deliberation that it deserves a new life,” said Peaks.

The main house, called Woodchuck Knoll, has 11 bedrooms and is the only residence that has never been rented. Instead it is used by families who live abroad when they come to the States to travel, Peakes said.

The first buildings there date from the mid to late 1800s. The grounds additionally include the Carriage House, a stately four-family unit complete with exposed beam ceilings; granary building; a duplex residence adjacent; a greenhouse, now converted to a three-bedroom; and a two-bathroom cottage with vaulted ceilings and a stone patio.

The former compost house is now a three-story, two-bedroom cottage known as the Cellar House, with a loft bedroom and vaulted ceiling. Then there’s the feedhouse – a one bedroom, one bathroom cottage with a deck that overlooks the expanse of land. Each residence has its own garage.

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An original six-burner stove with oven and warmer from the 1930s.

An original six-burner stove with oven and warmer from the 1930s.


A formal living room with a built-in bookshelf.

A formal living room with a built-in bookshelf.


Sun Room.

Sun Room.


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

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


Basement house.
Basement house.
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Shown are two different residences on the property.
Two different residences are shown on the property.
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Multi-family housing.
Multi-family residences have manicured gardens.
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“When you sell a house, you want it to go to a good person because you put yourself in it. You put your life into this work. You want it to go to someone who cares about it.” Appreciates,” said Peaks. “But once they buy it, it is theirs. I hope someone buys it and revives it, especially in my grandmother’s house. He is sitting empty. Do they want to incorporate the apartment as a business. Do they want to develop more because there’s a ton of assets out there, we didn’t have the money to develop it, or didn’t have the skill set to develop any.

As it all stands, residences are leased to local people on year-to-year terms – including teachers working in local schools.

“We’ve been occupying for 25 years,” Peaks said. “We’ve never had a vacancy.”

The main house leads to the pool.
The main house leads to the pool.
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There is esoteric attraction in all virtues.
There is esoteric attraction in all virtues.
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An aerial shot of the property.
An aerial shot of the property with tennis court.
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One of nine residences on the property.
One of nine residences on the property.
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“We used to take our kids to the farm to visit Grandma every summer.” Lee Peeks’ wife Jan Peeks added. “It was a magical place. Swimming pool, tennis court. That’s when he found out about his German and Venezuelan relatives as well.”

Woodchuck Knoll, the main house, has a formal entrance, a music room, a sunken living room with a stone fireplace, and a dining room with a wet bar. The kitchen still has an original working six-burner stove with oven from the 1930s, as well as an original “icebox” refrigerator. Modern equipment has also been installed over the years. This main residence is situated on 3.5 acres of land surrounded by pine trees for privacy.

“For the past 40 years, the family has reinvested all revenue to maintain the quality and beauty of the revenue generated from the rental of buildings and the surrounding commercial property,” said Peaks. “We hope the new owner will have a similar interest in preserving the beauty of this historic property.”

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carriage House.

carriage House.


Game room garage.

Game room garage.


meeting rooms.

meeting rooms.


Living room in main residence.

Living room in main residence.


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a place to live.


A view of the open floor plan at one of the nine residences on the property.

A view of the open floor plan at one of the nine residences on the property.


One of the living areas has a wood-burning fire place.

One of the living areas has a wood-burning fire place.


One of the kitchens inside the houses.

One of the kitchens inside the houses.


A view of the great room.

A view of the great room.


A multi-car garage.

A multi-car garage.


A gazebo on the main property.

A gazebo on the main property.


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

“I have seen pictures of Japanese gardens scrolling peacocks. It was a different lifestyle,” Jan said. “It’s a beautiful, beautiful piece of property.”

Steve Gold and Rich Vizzini Hold of Corcoran Country Living listing,

“In this business, we see great homes in very special places. About two to three times a year, we’re fortunate enough to represent the properties I see as unicorns, and Emmons Farms as my unicorns.” One of them,” Vizzini said. “It has a lot of history, it has been maintained impeccably, and is ready to be passed on to its next owner, who I am sure will appreciate the history of the property and the care given to it over many years. “

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