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This Charming Cemetery House Is Your Gateway to the Catskills

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The caretaker’s house was constructed in 1890.
Photos by David Ludwig, Gary DiMauro Real Estate

Located right near the northern Catskills, this unique Hudson Valley property dates back to 1890 and boasts authentic, historic touches.

Address: 24 Market Street, Athens

Description: This Greene County home is truly one-of-a-kind. Plenty of people live near cemeteries, but how many can say they live in a former caretaker’s house?

From the outside, the charming Victorian era home evokes beauty and serenity. This home, which constructed in 1890, has stood for several generations. Many of the house’s original elements have been preserved to retain the late 19th century architectural flourishes.

Among the original parts of the home are the gorgeous wood floors, the curved stairway and bannister, and the parlor doors. Made with ornately decorated stain glass, these doors make crossing the threshold a warm and welcoming experience.

Three bedrooms plus one and a half bathrooms offer plenty of space for either a young working couple seeking an extra room for a home office or art studio or a family looking for a properly sized residence. In 2016, much of the 1,400-square-foot house was renovated to bring several aspects up to date.

In addition to the add-on of a fully electric heating system, new windows and a roof were installed, along with a state-of-the-art kitchen that sits just off the main living room. Spacious but quaint, the home has a peaceful atmosphere that perfectly matches its surroundings.

Greene County is the northern gateway to the Catskill Mountains, an area filled with scenic hikes and tranquil trails — starting with the home’s own backyard. The modest yard contains a stately stone patio, the perfect spot to throw fresh food on the grill or tend to a humble garden. Connected the patio is a path leading to the cemetery, which is always open for a thoughtful stroll.

Asking price: $249,000

Selling points: Athens has a rich history for a small village. Although it was officially incorporated in 1805, its colonial roots date back all the way to the 17th century. Residents have ample time to explore the waterfront town from a prime location. In just an eight-minute walk, it’s possible to traverse all the way to the docks and Athens’ gorgeous riverfront park. Along that route sits Hudson Valley classic Crossroads Brewing Company, as well as local favorites like the Stewart House hotel and restaurant and the Athens Rooster.

One of the most alluring facets to this location, in addition to the Coxsackie-Athens School District, is its proximity to the City of Hudson. This art hub — along with its Amtrak station — can be reached via the majestic Rip Van Winkle Bridge. For anyone who fancies a weekend walk, the idyllic Athens ferry connects across the river.

Listing Agents: David Ludwig, Gary DiMauro Real Estate

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