The junction where the Rondout Creek meets the Hudson River in southern Kingston was a thriving port in the 1820s after the establishment of the D&H Canal. Coal from Pennsylvania and bluestone from the Catskills passed through on a regular basis, and a number of buildings and residential neighborhoods sprung up along the shores of the Rondout, also known as the Strand. During the 1960s, however, around 500 of those 19th century buildings were razed in the name of “urban renewal,” which prompted efforts to get the area added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The 2016 documentary “Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal” by Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods explores this side of Kingston’s history, so grab a copy here and learn more about it.
This 1870s three bedroom home a few blocks from the Rondout-West Strand Historic District, as well as all the restaurants, galleries, shops, and waterfront park access available there. The 1440 square foot home’s historic roots are evident in its stone foundation, visible stone walls, plank floors, wood trim/details, and bluestone terrace patio in the back. Living room/dining/room kitchen on the main floor, three bedrooms and access the back stone patio on the second floor. Finished attic on the third floor offers an additional common area, home office, or guest room. The house has been outfitted with central A/C, a nice hot-weather perk.
The Rondout is one of Upstater’s favorite neighborhoods because of its laid-back waterfront vibe and attractive historic architecture. You’re going to like it there. Move here while you still can!
111 Spring Street, Kingston (Westwood Metes & Bounds)
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