Upstater is in Westbrookville today, a hamlet in the Orange County town of Deerpark that’s rich with hiking, birding, and fishing opportunities.
This house dates to 1772, believe it or not—but lots of renovations in 2008 updated the modern conveniences like a new roof, boiler, and well pump. The exterior is charming for those who love farmhouse style: cedar shakes against the house, and a frosting of white-painted porches in front and on one side.
This porch has a traditional gray-painted wood floor, and white-painted, exposed ceiling rafters. Everything could use a good refresh, in the same colors, of course. A peek at the side porch in the back of this photo reveals a “haint blue” ceiling.
The ceilings inside, though, are 1970s-esque—white tiles rimmed with dark molding. Old-home buffs will adore that hefty front door and the skinny-plank wood floors.
A brick fireplace has a wood mantel, and a sweet built-in bookshelf hovers at ceiling height. French doors to the dining room swing between the fireplace and the white-and-wood staircase.
The dining room has a massive fireplace reminiscent of the Revolutionary era of its birth.
The listing shows images both with and without new additions. This photo shows that the dining room fireplace now has a woodstove attached. That door next to it just glows with a vintage patina, and has a glass doorknob.
The kitchen has just received a yellow-painted refresh, and new, stainless-steel appliances, according to the listing agent. The white wood cabinets are vintage, but fit the space beautifully. Upper cabinets line one wall, while open shelves climb part of another wall. You might notice there’s no sink in this shot; if you’re a true old-home buff, get ready…
…because there’s a Jadeite-green sink that’ll knock your socks off. The kitchen has twin windows overlooking the dinette area, with even more cabinets on either side. That doorway in the background leads to…
…a pitched-ceiling laundry room. There’s a door to the yard (not pictured), and lots of room for a washer/dryer against a rustic wood wall; a chest freezer; and closet rods. The floor definitely needs refurbishment. The listing says there’s a half-bath on the main level, too.
Finishing off the main floor is this sweet, blue-and-white room that would be perfect for a home office or sewing/craft room—if you can peel your eyes from the view of that cute little porch.
Upstairs are four bedrooms. The primary bedroom has a gambrel-shaped ceiling, rich wood floors, and a mix of big and little windows.
This bedroom, painted a bright magenta, has a pitched ceiling and exposed brick that’s been painted white.
Pink bathrooms are making a comeback, and this one is simply gorgeous, from its wall tiles to the diamond tiles in the ceiling of the tub/shower. Given the chance, we’d research vintage pink sinks and try to find one to fit into that vanity (although the sink and wide counter that’s there are perfectly serviceable for now).
This bedroom has an angled ceiling and chartreuse walls, plus more of that rich hardwood flooring. There is a fourth bedroom up here—in a light minty green—that’s a mirror image of the magenta room. It can be seen in the virtual tour.
The unfinished basement has moody stone walls and tons of room for storage.
A gambrel-roofed barn is adjacent to the house.
It’s clean and electrified, and has the opportunity for more storage or other ideas.
The 2,067-square-foot house sits on an acre, just a mile from the southern tip of the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area: This 3,107-acre, state-owned land is home to an abundance of birds and wildlife. You can hike, bird-watch, fish, or paddle the waters in a kayak or canoe. For liquid refreshment, the scenic Bashakill Vineyards & Winery is a five-minute drive (try their Lavender White, infused with locally grown lavender).
If you’ve fallen in love with this old lady, as we have, find out more about 1719 Route 209, Westbrookville, from Gail Rachlin with Keller Williams Hudson Valley United.