This is just the type of house we hoped to find this week while we sifted the listings for five-figure and foreclosure properties: An old beauty tucked away in some far-flung pocket of the region, jam-packed with gracious details, perhaps overgrown a little just to add some mystery.
Little did we know that we would have to go all the way up to Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County, to find it. Situated north of Albany and a stone’s throw from both Vermont and Massachusetts, Hoosick Falls is a small, quiet village with a village center that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Grandma Moses is buried in Hoosick Falls, and the town of Hoosick is home to the Hoosick River Greenway and Bennington Battlefield where the Battle of Bennington took place in 1777. This town has been around for a long time, and the population has declined steadily since its turn-of-the-century heyday as a hub for manufacturing. Therefore, Hoosick’s inexpensive real estate prices should come as no surprise to anyone.
Speaking of temptation, let’s look at this particular Hoosick Falls brick beauty, originally built in 1879. Includes three bedrooms, 1840 square feet, wood and inlaid floors, etched glass front door, stained glass, plaster moldings, large windows, formal dining room, and clawfoot tub in the second floor bath. And, the coup de grace: An antique wrought-iron fence surrounding the house. Fenced-in backyard comes with stone patio and gazebo. Are you in love yet?
Located east of the Hudson River from Albany, 20 minutes from Bennington VT, 30 minutes from Williamstown MA, and just a hair under 4 hours from NYC. Yep. It’s that far north, because that’s where the real treasures lie.
23 Hoosick Street, Hoosick Falls (Red Door Realty)