The picturesque house looks ripped right from a “what is Victorian” architectural guide book — there’s a polychrome mansard roof with intricate iron cresting along the roofline, dormers, a bracketed cornice and bay windows.
Located a block from the Hudson River at 4 3rd Street in Athens, N.Y., the photogenic property has a wealth of original interior details to match. The circa-1860s Second Empire-style house is on the market for $525,000, listed by Patricia A. Hinkein of Patricia A. Hinkein Realty.
The listing is short on description — and no floor plan is provided — but the photos show marble mantels, bracketed arches, coffered ceilings, wainscoting and wide-plank floorboards.
There are two parlors — with pocket doors between — and a dining room on the first floor.
There’s just a glimpse of the kitchen — that’s a stove lurking in the background — but the photo doesn’t show much of the functional part of the space, so the kitchen may need an upgrade.
There are three bedrooms and at least two of them appear to have the original dark marble fireplaces with cast iron inserts. Some of the bedrooms have the aforementioned wide-plank floorboards.
There are just 1.5 baths in the large house, perhaps a bit too few by modern standards, but the one shown is spacious and suitably charming with a clawfoot tub, wainscoting and pedestal sink.
At the rear of the property is an atmospherically weathered carriage house — with an intriguing little shuttered window.
A long porch provides a perfect spot for watching life along the waterfront, and another porch faces the street for a town view.
The house is close to 2nd Street, the main spine of the Athens, which is lined with early to mid-19th century commercial and residential architecture.
While Hudson, just across the river, gets attention as a bustling, artsy town, Athens is sleepy and charmingly historic.
Without a commuter train line, Athens is a bit less crowded with tourists than Hudson. On summer weekends, there is a quick and pleasant evening ferry that departs from the landing and runs between the two towns, making it possible to dash over to the other side for dinner.
The house is close to the ferry landing and a waterfront park.
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