If you have joined the hunt for a country home and are looking for something with a bit of curb appeal and character on the interior, one of these 19th century houses might appeal.
They are all relatively modest in size with picturesque exteriors and outdoor space — two of the three have porches. All three are located in Columbia County and are under $500,000.
Which would you choose?
First up is the largest and most expensive of the group, an 1830s house with some later 19th century style tweaks in Kinderhook. Located at 33 Albany Avenue, it is one of a number of charming historic homes on this stretch of road just a short walk from the center of town.
The four-bedroom house has been in the same family for decades and, as is to be expected in a house of this vintage, the interior has an interesting mix of details spanning the centuries. There are multiple mantels, wide-planked floorboards and at least one Italianate-style archway.
The eat-in kitchen has some 20th century style with a bit of faux brick, wallpaper, wood cabinets and what looks to be a floor of one of the most popular linoleum patterns of all time, No. 5352 from Armstrong. Just off the kitchen is a remnant of an earlier era, a butler’s pantry with intact cabinets.
In addition to the front porch there’s a sunroom in the rear and a barn at the rear of the lot.
The house is listed with Karen R. Westman of Berkshire Hathaway for $489,700.
This Greek Revival at 4204 State Route 203 in Chatham apparently has some key evidence of its possible age. According to the report for the North Chatham National Register Historic District, carved into a beam on the interior of the home is “W.T. Rock” along with the date 1845.
In addition to the classic front door with its pilasters and side lights, there’s some more original detail inside, including ear moldings and wide-planked floorboards. In addition to the expected parlor, dining room and kitchen on the first floor, the two-bedroom house has an additional pair of home office spaces on the first floor.
The two full bathrooms appear to have been renovated while the kitchen retains an eclectic vibe with bead board, parquet on the floors and some vintage white cabinets.
There’s plenty of fresh air space behind a white picket fence, with side and rear porches, a stone patio and a yard with barn. The house is listed with Lisa Bouchard Hoe of The Kinderhook Group for $369,000.
Finally, the least expensive of the bunch is a former schoolhouse in Elizaville. The petite cottage at 955 County Route 19 doesn’t offer a lot of space, but what space it has comes in a charming package. According to the listing, the clapboard one-room schoolhouse dates to the 1860s and was recently renovated.
It’s not that much bigger than some city apartments but it has an open floor plan with living, kitchen and bath on the first floor and a lofted bedroom above reached via a rustic stair. There’s a claw-foot tub in the full bath.
The kitchen fits in the essentials along with bright green lower cabinets, butcher block countertops, subway tile and a window out to the quarter of an acre surrounding the house.
The property is listed for $249,000 with Dale Stewart of Houlihan Lawrence – Millbrook Brokerage.
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