If you aren’t up for tackling your own old house project here’s a renovated Hudson two-family that has soothing interiors, lush gardens and a bonus guest house.
The house on the market at 245 Allen Street is a short walk from Hudson’s main shopping and dining district on Warren Street. The walkability is a plus, and the house is currently operated as the Rivertown Guest House.
Owner Brigitte Gfeller purchased the property in 2014 and, according to an interview with And North, the experienced house renovator tackled a complete interior and exterior overhaul. She also had the benefit of some advice from her daughter and son-in-law, founders of Brooklyn-based Workstead and rehabbers of their own country cottage in Gallatin.
The result is a pristine two-bay wide facade, complete with new stoop. The defining feature is the polygonal bay topped with decorative woodwork and stretching up to interrupt the bracketed cornice. The interior is divided into a one-bedroom owner’s unit on the ground floor and a two-bedroom rental above. The one-story guest house in the rear garden is new.
The main house was likely built in the late 1880s. Historic Sanborn maps show the lot vacant in 1884, but by 1889 the house is in place. Likely built as a two-family, ads for the first and second floor flats with “all modern improvements” pop up in the Hudson Register in 1901. The 1900 census also shows two families in residence.
The interior has a modern farmhouse aesthetic, with pale wide planked floorboards with a waxed finish and neutral wall colors mixed with original mantels, window and door trim and bracketed Italianate archways in the bays.
In the first floor unit the parlor also has built-in bookshelves on either side of the mantel. While the fireplace has been infilled there’s a woodstove to create a cozy ambiance. There’s another mantel in the dining room just beyond. A small bedroom is tucked off the dining room. The hallway to the kitchen in the rear has been set up as a convenient office.
The modern country feel continues in the kitchen with a mix of wood, tile and stainless steel and, of course a farmhouse sink. The bathroom has vintage charm with wainscoting and a marble lined soaking tub.
Many of the finishes are replicated in the upstairs unit, although without some of the extra details like the wood stove.
Out back the guest house has a sleek black exterior with clerestory windows that seem to us like a nod to the historic. The interior is all pale wood and there’s a kitchenette and a full bath.
It’s set in the garden and the listing photos smartly show the exterior in winter and in full bloom. The fenced-in rear yard has a gravel patio with plenty of planting beds, including some raised ones along the fence. A gravel walkway leads to the thickly planted side garden and to the front, surrounded by a picket fence.
The property is listed for $860,000 by Raj Kumar for Select Sotheby’s Int. Realty
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