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RURAL GREEK REVIVAL FARMSTEAD… $1,250,000
Built 1847 by Henry Van-Rensselaer, a member of an early prominent family in the upper Hudson Valley, the refined farmhouse "looks like a little temple in the New York countryside", according to renowned historical author Henry J. Kauffman. The home features front pediment with handsome fan-light and portico columns with unusual lattice grillwork, showing the influence of the emerging Picturesque Movement led by Davis and Downing. Light filled interiors have original moldings, doors, hardware, tall multi-paned windows, and wide board floors. It is a pristine highly intact example of rural Greek Revival architecture.
The front door leads to a formal stair hall, opening to front and back double parlors, separated by large doors. Another room could be a first floor bedroom with room for a bath. A kitchen wing at the rear opens to a lovely side porch, where columns were replicated to match the front portico. The kitchen also leads to beadboard paneled mudroom and storage rooms on the other side of the house, and has an ample pantry. An attic space over the kitchen could be opened to create a dramatic great room. The second floor contains three bedrooms and full bath, plus room for an additional bath.
The property also has a number of remarkable outbuildings that provide an important agricultural context. Little changed from when last used as a dairy farm, they include the grand dairy barn, silo, granary, carriage house, and outhouse. Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, tax credits for restoration may be available. Minutes from thriving Hudson, the 43 acre property includes prime farmland, ideal for the modern farmer. A portion of the property is commercially zoned, opening more opportunities, for example, farm to table venue. There is over a half mile of road frontage on two roads, all just two hours NYC.


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602 Route 23B,   PO Box 360,   Claverack,  New York  12513
518.851.2277