With every apple picking season I mentally retreat to the orchards of New York’s historic Hudson Valley. It’s just such a serene place filled with old downtowns, cozy homes, and colorful fall foliage. So imagine my excitement to come across today’s Queen Anne fixer-upper in Newburgh (yes, team CIRCA is obsessed with Newburgh)! This house in the Washington Heights neighborhood sure packs a lot of charm, doesn’t it? Here’s why I’m ready to pack my bags and head north to what some call New York City’s sixth borough.
A WHIMSICAL GETAWAY
This turn-of-the-century Victorian catches the sunshine beautifully on its curving brick walls. Isn’t it just perfectly situated on this corner? That porch alone has me hooked – its graceful woodwork wraps its way around the house to grab your attention from both streets. The conical turret pops against the sky, almost as if its marking this spot as the gateway to “The Heights” beyond.
With over 3,000 square feet and two street facades, this home has a lot to offer a family looking for the perfect nest. Currently divided into several apartments, this could be your opportunity to create your dream kitchen and bathrooms! And I can only imagine that beautiful carved wood mantel with its inset mirror as the focal point of a completely redone room. For starters? I’d pull up that carpet and lay down wood floors, and replicate wood moldings seen elsewhere in the house.
PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL
With Newburgh Restoration leading the way, this city is poised to make a serious comeback with its beautiful historic homes. How great would it be to be part of that by fixing up this charmer? Its gorgeous facade has lots of original detail – even paired wood doors! I’m wondering what might be under the vinyl siding at the bay window and how those porch steps would look all finished.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Not only is this home within walking distance of George Washington’s headquarters and lots of great shops on Liberty Street, it’s also close to a whole bunch of cute Hudson Valley towns just waiting to be explored. In the mood for a fun day out? Take the passenger boat across to the DIA Beacon or down to Bannerman Castle. In need of something a little more fast-paced? New York City is just over an hour away.
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AUTHOR AMANDA DAVIS
Amanda is an historic preservationist living in New York City with a particular fondness for fixer-uppers. She can be spotted checking out quirky historic details here, there, and everywhere in her handmade dresses. Every time Amanda sees a cozy room with large windows and beautiful built-ins she can’t help but imagine her very own sewing nook with oldies music playing in the background.