Built in 1812, The Van Valkenburgh House showcases Federal architectural style coupled with clever notes of contemporary interior design. The property features elements of the original homestead, as well as a 2,000-sq-ft restored and insulated barn.
Description: The grounds are dotted with shrubs and delicate wildflowers and enveloped in lush greenery, making for a picturesque paradise that brings new meaning to the word “home.”
As you approach the main house, you’re greeted by the elegant Palladian window above the front door, tastefully set in the white pine exterior of the main façade. Upon entry, you’ll discover a welcoming center hall—a staple of the Adams architectural style of the time—with wide plank pine floors from the original build.
One of the first things visitors will notice is the abundance of windows throughout the house which filter natural light into the space. The walls themselves adhere to a light, neutral color palette, creating a blank canvas to decorate with artwork and furniture. Inside the living room sits one of the home’s four wood-burning fireplaces, making it a perfect place to cozy up under a blanket on chilly days.
Across the house, the kitchen has an air of minimalism with its light countertops and matching white cabinets, though it still evokes a feeling of quaint comfort. The focal point of the kitchen is a large island which provides balance and contrast to the room. Here, one can entertain company over drinks or enjoy a quiet breakfast while gazing out the French doors to the beautiful scenery in the backyard.
Upstairs is the intimate family gathering room, a bright and inviting space which could just as easily be used to host a party as to enjoy family game night. Off either side are smaller rooms that feature two elliptical windows, another characteristic of the home’s Federal style.
At the center of the main bedroom is yet another wood-burning fireplace, creating a warm atmosphere for lounging in bed on lazy days. The bathroom maintains the theme of soft hues paired with white accents, but adds a pop in the way of black and white mosaic tiles on the floor and in the shower.
Though the main house is quite the blissful haven, the property has much more to offer. Step outside for a breath of fresh air on the pebbled patio in the backyard. Envision the summer days of backyard barbecues and nights under the stars sure to happen in this lovely little spot.
A quick walk down the path leads to the barn, a rustic wooden building nestled in the tall trees at the edge of the property. This versatile space can be used for anything one desires, whether it be a studio, guest house, or at-home gym.
Inside, the barn has soaring, slanted ceilings and plenty of windows, making the interior feel bright and spacious. The loft adds an extra level to the barn, creating even more space to be utilized by whatever passion project finds its home here. Both levels are framed by wooden beams against clean, white walls, calling back to the classic farmhouse aesthetic of the barn.
Asking price: $1,075,000
Selling points: The property has a historic charm with modern updates, including a new roof on the main home, a new and extended driveway, a generator, and central air. The home is only minutes from Chatham, 25 minutes from Hudson and Albany, and only two hours away from New York City.