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Welcome to Open House, the only newsletter section that isn’t afraid to get its paws dirty. We’ll give you a few facts about a listing and you try to guess the price.

Today, we’re heading where no Metro-North train has gone before: to New York’s Catskills, where a 193-acre zoo is looking for its next caretaker. What began as a family-run petting zoo in 1933 was bringing in over 500,000 visitors a year by the ’60s to see its hippos, mountain lions, and “prehistoric horses.” (Spirit?) In 2012, the animals went…hopefully somewhere nice…and the main “giraffe house” building was renovated into a boutique hotel with six bedrooms and lots of kitschy zoo decor. Amenities include:

How much to yell, “We bought a zoo!” and really mean it?

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