"Speaker's Corner": A Charming Hyde Park Victorian
by Lisa Levin. Listing and photos courtesy of Heather Croner Real Estate, Sotheby’s International Realty.
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.
Just look at this charming Hyde Park Victorian and tell me it doesn’t call to you. Built in 1879 on just over four acres, this picturesque hill-top property is just waiting for its latest caretaker. Imagine relaxing for hours on that incredible wrap around porch framed by original floor-to-ceiling windows and Hudson River views that just don’t quit! Many other original features abound, including the slate roof, crown molding, marble mantels, storm windows and even period chandeliers! The built-ins, wainscoting and original floors also do not disappoint. And, if you do find that you can pull yourself away from this graceful home, there is plenty of history, restaurants, culture and recreation to explore just beyond your doorstep.
21 Curry Lane, Hyde Park, New York 12538
Asking price: $785,000
“Own a piece of Hyde Park history. This refined and elegant Victorian sits atop a hill and boasts beautiful river views on park-like land. A traditional circular driveway leads to the enchanted setting and is walking distance to the Hudson River, Vanderbilt Estate, and restaurants, post office and library. With incredible historic pedigree, it retains its original slate roof, marble fireplaces, plaster crown moldings and crystal chandeliers. Floor to ceiling windows with French doors and original antique glass frame the living and dining rooms which have many built-ins. A large wrap-around porch is perfect for seasonal entertaining while overlooking the river and sprawling back lawn on which sit several glorious and stately old trees. The eat-in and light-filled kitchen is well equipped for cooking with new appliances and ample updated cabinetry. Raise your exotic flowers year round in the newly added sun drenched conservatory. The second floor has a master bedroom with river views, a full bath and two additional bedrooms. For the artist, writer or musician, there is a cozy, semi-finished attic with its own heat, river views and library. Less than 15 minutes to Metro North in Poughkeepsie, Vassar, Marist, the Culinary Institute and Rhinebeck, this home is perfect for a NYC weekender or full-time resident. Beautifully maintained and cherished, this one of a kind property is the quintessential Hudson River home.”
View the full listing at Heather Croner Real Estate, Sotheby’s International Realty
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.