A Charming Gingerbread Cottage for Sale in Tappan, New York
by Christina Poletto
Have a love/hate relationship with your studio apartment? Welcome to North of New York City, in which the lovely Christina attempts to lure all die-hard urbanites to points north. Swoon with us over the most beautiful historical homes for sale just a hop, skip and a jump away from the city that never sleeps.
Every once in awhile, you come across a house that stops you in your tracks because it’s so unusual and remarkable in its own way. I’ve seen my share of homes in the lower Hudson Valley but nothing quite prepared me for the miniature frame Perry-Smith dwelling, a Gothic Revival style cottage, circa 1855, that hit the market in Tappan’s historic district just a number of weeks ago.
Appropriately dubbed “The Gingerbread House,” this goldenrod clapboard cottage, has all the makings of a quaint abode — a steep gabled roof with center gable and gleaming white scrollwork bargeboard along the eaves. What’s more, it comes with a private and sweet lush setting replete with a meandering creek in the backyard and two Japanese lilac trees shielding the home from the town road in front.
What’s not to love? It’s small living at its best and wonderfully charming. At just 800-square-feet, the cottage’s simple, structured layout doesn’t permit oversized furniture. But it has everything one might need, which could be music to a minimalist’s ears. Be prepared to have a loveseat, at best, in the living room. If you’re downstairs, you might use a tiny bathroom that was converted from a coat closet. Yet what you get in return you won’t find anywhere else. There’s charm. A bit of quirk. And less space means less to clean, right?
Because it’s a historic home, it requires attention and upkeep. New owners might want to configure the storage or rooms to better fit their lifestyle. For example, the all-in-one washer dryer that comes with the home sits under a bookshelf in the living room. It might not be practical or pretty right now, but it’s a workable problem.
Another project that might be addressed has to do with the “contributing” 1904 freestanding Arts and Crafts style barn located next to the house. This structure is rather bare bones, but equipped with electricity and ready to be transformed into something remarkable. Although this space is currently being used as a storage area for the homeowners, it could easily be converted into nearby outpost for an artist, gardener or hobbyist. And who wouldn’t want that?
39 Kings Highway Tappan, NY
Asking Price $319,500
3 beds, 2 baths, 800 sq. ft.
The Perry Smith House is a miniature frame Gothic Revival Style Cottage located in the historic district in Tappan. Beautiful original architectural details include a steep gabled roof and scrollwork on the bargeboard and along the eaves lines. There are views of the Village Green as well as the Sparkill Creek. You can access a lovely deck from the cozy eat in kitchen, 2 bedrooms , one and half baths and two living rooms make this house easy to live in. A free standing barn with electric offers many possibilities for an artist/writer or as a garage. The exterior has just been freshly painted, and the furnace is five years old. Circa 1855, this is a chance to own a house on the Historic Register and a piece of history. An easy walk to the downtown district, restaurants, library and stores and the bus to NYC.
For more information, visit the FULL LISTING, courtesy of Nancy Blaker Weber, Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty
AUTHOR CHRISTINA POLETTO
From a very young age, Christina took an interest in designing and redesigning her bedroom, and trying out nearly every style trick of the day including the very short-lived trend of sponge painting. Fast forward through the years, and Christina has been able to write about these same trends for outlets such as Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, ETSY.com, USA TODAY and TODAY.com, among others. What’s more, she continues to practice hands-on design via Dovetailor Design Studio, her privately owned business that offers vintage furniture refurbishment as well as interior staging and design services. Christina holds a BA in History from UMass Amherst, and also has an interior design certificate from The New School in New York City. Originally a native of Massachusetts, Christina now makes her home in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. In her spare time, she writes musical ditties that sometimes get recorded.