Upstate New York village with restaurant, 9 homes asking $4.2M

You’ll never be the mayor of this upstate New York village – but now, and for the first time in generations, you can be one.

Indeed, a far-fetched offering — encompassing a small, privately-owned company with its own restaurant and nine homes spread out on green land — has hit the market for $4.2 million, the Post has learned.

Located in the city of Oneonta – an hour west of the state capital – the company covers more than 270 acres.

In addition, there are 46 bedrooms, 27.5 bathrooms, chicken coops, an indoor tennis court, an outdoor pool, a frog pond and a manicured Japanese garden. Now, his restaurant has been serving customers for more than 40 years, the list records.

Known as Emmons Farm, the land is owned by Lee Peakes and two other family members who live in Germany and Venezuela. The same family has owned the largest parcel of land in the country since 1835, the records of the register – and is now looking for a new generation to take it all.

The first one belonged to Peakes’ grandmother, who added to the old property.

The FarmHouse restaurant.
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In the restaurant.
In the restaurant.
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The restaurant has seating and a bar.
The restaurant has seating and a bar.
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“Until 1964, it was used as his residence,” Peakes told The Post. The years that followed have seen subsequent generations, six in total, spend time on the property – but with families living abroad these days, it’s used for the occasional weekend. .

“Because this is such a beautiful and historic property, our family decided, after several years of consideration, that it needed to get a new life,” Peakes said.

The main house, named Woodchuck Knoll, has 11 bedrooms and is the only house not rented out. It is used by families who live abroad when they come to the state to visit, Peakes added.

The original building there dates from the mid-1800s. On the grounds is the Carriage House, a stately four-family house complete with exposed ceilings; the funeral home; an adjacent duplex residence; a greenhouse, converted into three bedrooms; and a two-bathroom, complete with vaulted ceilings and stone walls.

The former manure house is now a three-story, two-bedroom house called the Cellar House, with a loft bedroom and vaulted ceilings. Then there’s the Feedhouse – a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with a deck overlooking the open countryside. Each residence has its own garage.

A six burner stove with oven and heater from the 1930s.

A six burner stove with oven and heater from the 1930s.


A formal living room with built-in bookcases.

A formal living room with built-in bookcases.


The sun room.

The sun room.


The property has been in the same family since the 1830s.

The property has been in the same family since the 1830s.


The Library.
The Library.
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Both residences are shown in the area.
Both residences are shown in the area.
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Multi-family housing.
The public residences have manicured gardens.
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“When you buy a house, you want it to go to a good person because you put yourself into it. You put your own life into this thing. You want to go to someone who appreciates it,” said Peakes. “But if they buy it, it’s theirs. My hope is that someone will buy it and bring it back to life, especially my grandmother’s house. That is to be isolated. If they want to invest in residential buildings as a business. If they want to develop more because there is a lot of value there, we don’t have the money to develop it, or the skill set to do the development.

Like everything else, the apartments are rented out to local residents every year – including teachers who work in local schools.

“We’ve been around for 25 years,” Peakes said. “We didn’t have a vacancy.”

The main building leads out onto the lake.
The main building leads out onto the lake.
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All properties offer bucolic charm.
All properties offer bucolic charm.
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An aerial shot of the property.
Aerial shot of property with tennis courts.
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One of nine residences on the property.
One of the nine residential buildings in the country.
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“We took our children every summer to visit grandma on the farm.” Jan Peakes, wife of Lee Peakes, added. “It’s kind of a magical place. Swimming pool, tennis courts. It was then that they met their German and Venezuelan relatives as well.

Woodchuck Knoll, the main house, has an entrance, a music room, a lounge with a stone fireplace and a dining room with a wet bar. The kitchen still retains the original six-burner stove and oven from the 1930s, along with an “Icebox” refrigerator. New equipment has also been introduced in the years since then. This large residence sits on 3.5 acres of land surrounded by pine trees for privacy.

“For the past 40 years, the family has reinvested all income from the rental of the buildings and the income generated by the related commercial property in order to maintain the quality and with the beauty of … Emmons Farm,” Peakes said. “We hope the owner will have the same commitment to preserving the beauty of this historic property.”

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

“I’ve seen pictures of Japanese gardens with peacocks running around. It’s a different kind of life,” said Jan. “It’s a beautiful piece of property.”

Steve Gold and Rich Vizzini of Corcoran Country Living hold the listing.

“In this business, we see beautiful homes in special places. About two or three times a year, we’re lucky enough to show properties that I consider to be unicorns, and Emmons Farm one of my unicorns,” Vizzini said. “It has a lot of history, has been immaculately maintained, and is ready to be passed on to its next owner, who I hope will appreciate the property’s history of ownership and care over many years.”

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