Time Travel at This Classic Victorian Mansion in Albany

This rowhouse on historic State Street has the best of both worlds.


The Details
469 State St  •  $699,000   •  5 bedrooms  •  2.5 baths   •   4,050 sq ft   •  Lot Size: 25′ x 150′  

Enter through the two sets of heavy wood-and-glass doors of this circa-1885 brick mansion at 469 State Street and prepare to be stunned. The first thing you will see is an amazing handcrafted staircase. Three grand rooms lead from there: a dining room (with pocket doors), a sitting room, and a living room each have their own wood-burning fireplace. Original built-in cabinetry flanks some of the fireplaces. The kitchen — masterfully carved into the main level — has an arched cutout in the wall that overlooks one of the main rooms and is perfectly appointed with modern appliances.

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Three floors of bay windows with stained glass inserts hug the back of the home, offering views of the fenced, private flagstone backyard. The master suite and a second bedroom take up the second floor, which continues the traditional theme with carved crown molding, stained glass, and other antique details; but renovated baths (there are 2 full and 1 half bath in the home) are a nod to current times.

The third floor has an unexpectedly contemporary design, with skylights in an open-concept sunroom and sliding-glass doors that lead to a rooftop terrace with a view of Washington Park across the street.

Besides the grandeur and the details that range from Old World to modern minimalism, this 4,050 sq ft home is in the perfect location: it’s a walkable jaunt to downtown shops and restaurants, and a few blocks from the Capitol, Empire State Plaza, and the Albany Institute of History & Art.

Buying a Bit of History

With this property, it really is location, location, location.

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This mansion’s site has a story as intricate as the building itself.

State Street was populated more than 350 years ago by Native Americans. Soon, Dutch traders moved in, and renamed the trail Joncker-Straet, or “Young Gentlemen’s Street.” Over the years, State Street became a mirror of the growth of both the city and the young nation, eventually housing the state Capitol.

Many historical figures are associated with this famed stretch of land, either by residence or work, including Henry Hudson, Peter Stuyvesant, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Property listed by Julia Rosen, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Blake Realtors, juliarosen@msn.com; 518.859.7725

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