Hudson’s Historic Second Empire Home Is a True Upstate Beauty

Photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid Photography

Designed by architect G.B. Croff, the recently renovated Willard Place abode welcomes with gas fireplaces, heated floors, and its very own wine cellar.

Address: 4 Willard Pl, Hudson

Description: A short way away from Hudson’s charming Warren Street, this Second Empire abode is eye-catching from the start. The 6,446-square-foot property dates back to 1874 and was designed by architect G.B. Croff, who was known for his Second Empire stylings. In 2005, it was fully renovated to incorporate modern creature comforts while still honoring the historic integrity of the home as a whole.

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Inside, the floor plan is airy and open, with soaring ceilings and an enviable staircase to promote an aura of grandeur. The first floor leads into an ample gourmet kitchen, along with convivial spaces like a large formal dining and living room, a family room, and a three-season room. There are five bedrooms in total, including a master suite on the second floor and multiple guest rooms with ensuite baths, with seven baths throughout.

The Columbia County residence is richly appointed with luxurious details like gas fireplaces and heated floors, not to mention three-zone HVAC, to ensure perfect temperatures in every season. Below-ground, the basement is fully finished and includes a dedicated gym, wine cellar, and laundry room, along with additional storage space.

Asking price: $1,375,000

Selling points: Located in the heart of Hudson, 4 Willard Pl is a dream home for anyone who enjoys strolls along Warren Street and day trips to Olana State Historic Site nearby. The house is close enough to Hudson’s most beloved storefronts, but still far away enough that it feels like a proper retreat.

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For history enthusiasts, the residence is a true delight. Historic touches abound throughout the property in the form of stained glass windows, a rich wooden staircase, and picturesque fireplaces. On the contemporary end, meanwhile, the home is equipped with its very own electric vehicle charging station out front.

Listing agent: Pamela Belfor, Gary DiMauro Real Estate, Inc.

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