Buy this Catskills bungalow colony and own a part of the Borscht Belt

Immortalized by pop culture phenomena like “Dirty Dancing” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” New York’s Catskill Mountains were once the summer destination for hundreds of thousands of Jewish New Yorkers.

According to the Catskills Institute at Northeastern University, “in the 1950s, half a million people each year inhabited the ‘summer world’ of bungalow colonies, summer camps and small hotels.”

And now, a small piece of Catskills history is at stake: A bungalow colony in Ulster County is currently on the market for $ 795,000. The property is located in the village of Kerhonkson, about 160 miles north of New York City.

Known as Kalaka Village, the 77-acre property features a variety of small cabins, totaling 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Common amenities include an in-ground pool, tennis courts, and a hiking trail. However, cabins and amenities require serious work – according to, the cabanas are “ramshackle” and “the pool looks run down and tired, and the tennis courts will need to be cleared of greenery.”

So who’s buying the old Catskills bungalow colonies? In recent years, summering in the bungalow colonies has become a “largely Orthodox ritual,” as The Jewish Week reported last year, with Hasidic and Yeshivish Jews spending the summer away from Brooklyn or the northern suburbs of the United States. New York City. Young people, including non-Orthodox Jewish families, have purchased bungalows as second homes or as getaways throughout the year.

Although renovations are needed, there are several cabins on the 77-acre property. (credit: Catskills Region MLS)

Still, for the right buyer, the bungalow colony is an opportunity to relive, even a little bit, the heyday of the Borscht Belt era, when families (read: mothers and children) spent their summers in “the mountains”, parents could visit only on weekends, legendary Jewish comedians like Mel Brooks and Joan Rivers would perform, and everyone would enjoy a good game of “Simon Says.”

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