Originally built in 1789, this five-bedroom farmhouse in the town of Valatie (pronounced “vuh-LAY-shia”), Columbia County might be an antique, but it doesn’t look a day over 100 years old. And, despite its cute and compact exterior, the house contains over 3500 square feet of room to spread out with family and friends.
We love the living room with exposed ceiling beams, the home’s two fireplaces, and the formal dining room bathed in natural light. But what we really love are the five bedrooms. Scrolling through the listing photos was fun. The rooms seem large, and each one is brightly light with bold wall colors and plank floors, perfect for a big family with lots of kids. The listing boasts of a secret staircase somewhere in the house, an intriguing feature not uncommon in big farmhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Those staircases are meant for homes with a large household staff so they can come and go from the kitchen to the upstairs bedrooms without being seen. Here’s a fun list of old house quirks on Mental Floss. Oh, to find a house with ALL of these quirks…
But back to this quirky house, which also comes with a separate artist’s studio with electricity and set up for a kiln. Property is two acres in size and situated in rural Columbia County a half-mile outside of Valatie village, known for its waterfalls on the Kinderhook Creek. Hudson and Albany are about 25 minutes away in opposite directions. NYC is 2.5 hours.
4013 Chatham Street, Valatie (Gilcrest Properties)