It has been just over a year since I first discovered a house in Sullivan County that you can buy and turn into a family retreat. The house at 935 Starlight Road in Monticello, New York offers lakefront living with seclusion tucked away but close to Bethel Woods and Resorts World Catskills.

Back last February when I first saw it for sale I thought this would be a great place for a family to have a house they could enjoy year-round. I realize not all of us can afford a place like this but as I like to say the day you can you want to have done the research. I actually keep a list.

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What I liked about revisiting this house that is still on the market is that it seems the real estate agent may be helping a potential buyer reimage the home's interior. If you have ever sold a house then you know the realtor often asks you to clear out clutter, bake cookies before an open house, and try to make the home what I call under-stylized.
PC: Continent Realty LLC Agy Oleg Salykine via Zillow

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Believe it or not, some buyers will have trouble seeing beyond your decor and the trouble with that is if they don't like your style they don't like the house. I am familiar with this because I tend to have an extremely eclectic side when it comes to interior decorating and every time I have sold a house I have had to pack away a lot of stuff before the first showing.

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Since I first posted this home it looks like this listing may be helping people image the house in a more modern style. The house is only 24 years old but the draperies may not be everyone's choice. It is not clear from the listing if the house has been restyled inside for real or if it is an AI realtor trick where you get to see the rooms with other furniture. Either way, you get to see the difference.

PC: Continent Realty LLC Agy Oleg Salykine via Zillow
PC: Continent Realty LLC Agy Oleg Salykine via Zillow

I have done a side-by for you below. You decide if this place is going to be yours would you want it one way or the other or maybe you have your own style and the pictures don't matter.

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Look at This Place on a Lake in Sullivan County: The Perfect Retreat

Large Waterfront Retreat For Sale in Sullivan County

Built in 2004 this Sullivan County home in Monticello, New York is the perfect retreat for a family or even as a corporate getaway. With 5 bedrooms, and 7 baths it has room for many plus it sits on 5 plus acres of inviting waterfront land. Peek inside and see what it would be like to live in this lakefront retreat just minutes from Resorts World Catskill and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Gallery Credit: Paty Quyn

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