No matter where this cottage was located, we would still be taking a closer look due to its affordable listing price, tidy and sunny interior, and its proximity to NYC (90 minutes) and the nearest train station (Poughkeepsie, 15 minutes away). It just so happens to come with half-acre lot size in a low-key neighborhood in rural Dutchess County with a relatively low tax bill ($5100/year), to boot.
Built in the 1940s, the 1232 square foot home has some appealing Arts & Crafts flair like built-in cabinetry, moldings, and columns, as well as an open first-floor flow with kitchen/formal dining room/kitchen. Also includes three bedrooms and one updated bath. Other updates: Roof, siding, windows, and furnace.
The lot is situated back from Route 44, and the driveway is circular. Hurray for not having to back up into traffic!
1357 US 44, Pleasant Valley (Berkshire Hathaway)