Three Detail-Filled Victorian Era Charmers in Poughkeepsie Starting at $385K

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    With easy train access, a scenic location along the Hudson River, and a wealth of historic properties, the city of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., offers intriguing possibilities for the house hunter.

    While it has 17th century origins, Poughkeepsie is a 19th century city — its downtown and residential neighborhoods filled with buildings constructed when the railroad and rapidly growing industry brought prosperity to the area. There is a local Historic District & Landmark Preservation Commission, which monitors multiple historic districts and individual landmarks in the city.

    We’ve found three intriguing 19th century properties currently on the market — two that are perfect if you dream of lounging in lush, ornate interiors and one with a bit more 19th century grit.

    Two of the properties are under $500,000 while the third is over $1 million.

    Which would you choose?

    First up is the most affordable option, located at 73 Hooker Avenue, in the historic South Side neighborhood.

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    This brightly painted Queen Anne-style house is hard to miss, even in a neighborhood filled with late 19th century gems.

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    The four-bedroom, three-bath home is brimming with original details on the inside — stained glass, pocket doors, crown molding and five working fireplaces.

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    The central staircase, with its stained glass-framed landing, is perfect for a dramatic glide downward to greet your guests as they await you in the inglenook near the entry.

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    An addition at the rear holds a more modern family room, an alternative to the formal parlor. The kitchen doesn’t appear to have had a recent upgrade, but it does seem to have a pay phone.

    The house is listed for $385,000 by Joyce Brennan-Zolnik of BHHS Hudson Valley Properties.

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    Another 19th century gem can be found just a few blocks away at 128 Academy Street. Located in the Academy Street Historic District, this circa 1865 Second Empire-style house has a charming street presence.

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    With its mansard roof, bracketed cornice and wraparound porch, it makes a delightful first impression.

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    The house has been converted to a two-family home, with a four-bedroom apartment on the top floor. There are an additional four bedrooms in the owner’s unit and a total of three full baths and one half bath in the house.

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    Much of the original detail seems to have survived — ornately carved woodwork, multiple marble mantels and parquet floors.

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    There’s a grand staircase in this house too, with a graceful curve and display niches — they’re often called coffin corners, but that’s a bit of old house mythology.

    The house is listed for $475,000 by Alison Vaccarino of Gary Dimauro Real Estate Inc.

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    If you would prefer your 19th century living with a bit more industrial character, our final home, a condo, might be right up your alley.

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    The former Innes Dye Factory at 80 North Water Street was built in 1880 next to the Fall Kill Creek and close to the Hudson River. Later a piano factory, it was converted to residential use in 2007.

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    This listing actually includes both top floor units and a rooftop penthouse. A private elevator provides access to the spaces and their sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Walkway Over the Hudson, the former railroad bridge which opened to pedestrian use in 2009. Exposed brick, beamed ceilings and rough-hewn support beams give a nod to the industrial past of the building.

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    The loft space has a combined three bedrooms and four full baths and one half bath.

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    Since the two units are being sold as one, there are also two kitchens. No floor plans are provided, but the units combined have a total of 4,755 square feet, according to the listing.

    The apartments, #B and #C, are listed for $1.8 million by Norm Fasquel Mackay of Houlihan Lawrence.

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