The town of Cold Spring has all the necessary allure to tempt one to Hudson River Valley living. There’s a walkable downtown with shops and restaurants, historic architecture and a train station with easy access to the city. There’s also nearby historic attractions like Boscobel and Russel Wright’s Manitoga.
Located in Putnam County, the village is nestled along the shore of the Hudson and in the midst of the scenic Hudson Highlands. The first European settlers arrived in the early 18th century, and while the small town had a riverfront landing it was industry that brought an economic boom in the 19th century.
The West Point Foundry, now a preserve, operated from 1817 to the early 20th century, bringing an influx of population and a need for houses, churches and local businesses.
The town has managed to maintain much of the 19th century character from its boom days. It has both a local district and National Register Historic District with slightly different boundaries, but both incorporating the main commercial spine of the downtown and the early residential blocks on either side. There’s a Historic District Review Board which oversees proposed exterior changes and new construction within the district.
Our three house picks are all from the 19th century heyday of the town, although they all also sport some 20th century additions and alterations.
Which one would you choose?
First up is a circa 1860 wood frame at 8 Stone Street, just a block off Main Street and within easy walking distance to the train. It’s located in both the local and National Register historic districts. The clapboard house has plenty of curbside appeal with bargeboard trim at its gable and a crisp little stoop.
On the interior, there have been some updates over the years but there are still some wide planked floorboards and a simple cottage charm about the place.
The dining room continues that cottage feel with some later built-ins and wainscoting. The house has about 1,800 square feet and, in addition to living, dining and kitchen spaces, includes three bedrooms and 1.5 baths.
The kitchen has had a fairly standard remodel, with the ubiquitous stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
Outside there’s a deck and a small garden. There’s also a driveway, a bonus in a downtown location.
The house is listed for $625,000 by Kathyrine Toman of Houlihan Lawrence.
Next up is a later 19th century house that is a bit further out of town. Located just a little over two miles from downtown Cold Spring, 7 La Shinju offers a bit more land if gardening is a weekend relaxation goal. Sitting on a bit over seven acres, it’s a 19th century clapboard house with a 20th century addition.
There are plenty of period details on the interior with wide plank floorboards, an original stair with newel post, three mantels and simple moldings. The house has four bedrooms and 2.5 baths.
In addition to the 19th century details, there are some reminders of the early 20th century in the kitchen. There’s a vintage ceramic sink, cabinets and a built-in cupboard.
The seven acres of space surrounding the house include a woodland garden, a stream and a waterfall.
The house is listed for $650,000 by Pamela Euler-Haling of Robert A. Mccaffrey Realty.
Heading back downtown here’s a brick, mansard-roofed house from the 1870s. Located at 13 Fair Street, it’s just a block away from the first house and similarly located within both the local and National Register historic districts.
The remaining original details are fairly modest on the interior. There are some hardwood floors and moldings, but no mantels are pictured.
There’s about 2,000 square feet of space with four bedrooms and one full bath. The third-floor space has been converted for home office use and, according to the listing at least, the house has mountain views.
The kitchen does have a vintage vibe if your tastes run to the late 20th century. It is pretty spacious, and has a back door leading out to a deck and what the listing describes as a “garden sanctuary.”
This one also has the all-important driveway for off street parking.
The house is listed for $629,000 by Melissa Carlton of Houlihan Lawrence.
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