Photos by Ann Stratton
Dating back to 1839, Niven House is a masterpiece with exquisite architecture and Hudson River views.
Address: 201 Montgomery St, Newburgh
Description: Midway between Liberty Street and the Hudson River, this Italianate villa echoes back nearly two centuries in Newburgh. The property was first constructed in 1839 by reputable architect and stonecutter Thornton Niven, who also crafted the Orange County Courthouse in Goshen and Quality Row in Newburgh. Designed as his personal residence, the house features striking examples of masonry, with ochre stucco that resembles ashlar block and a marble checkerboard front porch.
Inside, the 4-bed, 3-bath single family home incorporates the same grandeur evident from the exterior. Niven carved the marble mantles that appear in multiple rooms himself and made sure that each room was perfectly proportioned with clean lines to evoke a sense of timelessness. From the first floor, a wide granite block staircase leads to the upper level, where residents can spot views of the Hudson River beyond.
While the 3,490-square-foot home has an undeniable sense of history, it also incorporates modern creature comforts like heated floors in the master suite and a Wolf range in the kitchen. As far as parking goes, Niven House has its own private driveway with a remote gate opener in place.
Asking price: $625,000
Selling points: Amid Newburgh’s wealth of historic abodes, Niven House stands apart with its unique Italianate architecture and relatively private location in the city. Not only has the property been updated for the present day, but it still manages to preserve its more visually appealing elements, such as its semi-formal terraced gardens and arched windows.
Geographically, Niven House is hard to beat. The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge sits a few minutes down the road, making it ideal for commuters who work across the river or take the train from Beacon to New York City. Since the house resides right between the vibrant waterfront and charming Liberty Street districts, all the entertainments of the city are only ever a few minutes away.
Listing agent: Rosemary Lee, Apple2Orange Realty