Live Like French Royalty in This Second Empire Home in Rhinebeck, NY
by Lisa Levin
We’re just a little biased toward life in New York’s Hudson Valley, not just because Elizabeth, our founder, lives there! Just up the river from New York City, this is one of the prettiest places in America, and Lisa is ready to take you on a tour of the area’s most incredible old houses.
Wow…just…WOW!!! This c.1875 Second Empire stunner puts the “M” in mansard!! Fully updated yet retaining so much of its original character, the John O’Brien Residence is quite possibly the perfect historic home in an absolutely charming town. Original carved wooden doors greet you at the front entrance and the fun only builds from there!
I’m simply loving the incredible custom original woodwork throughout, the sweeping three-story mahogany staircase (check out that first floor newel post!), three marble fireplaces, two parlors with frescoed ceilings, pocket doors, and, oh, those ceiling medallions! And let’s not get started on the floors, from wide planks to parquet to inlay! The historic home addict will feel like a kid in a candy store walking through this seamlessly updated beauty. An iconic landmark in the sophisticated, historic, tree-lined Village of Rhinebeck, New York, this home is simply perfection!
The John O’Brien Residence
Asking price: $1,995,000
The John O’Brien Residence, a Second Empire Victorian built in 1875, is one of the Village of Rhinebeck’s most well-known landmark homes. Featured in Rhinebeck’s Historic Architecture, the author Nancy Kelly, notes it was the first home in the village to have gas lighting.
View the full listing at H. H. Hill Realty Services, Inc.
AUTHOR LISA LEVIN
Lisa lives in Montebello, New York, located in the Lower Hudson Valley just north of New York City, where she chairs the village’s Historic Preservation Commission. She earned a BA in History from Middlebury College, an MBA from Emory University and a MA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Schooled in the art of historic plaque reading from an early age, she enjoys a healthy obsession with exploring historic houses and destinations.