Today, Upstater is visiting a home that needs some updates, but has great surprises, too.
It’s in Croton on Hudson: A great village that epitomizes Hudson Valley living, the river spot has its own Metro-North stop, great hiking and bike trails, and great shops and restaurants. This ranch was built in 1948, and is in need of landscaping help as well as some repairs to its stucco exterior.
Head inside; as you make your way into the tiled foyer, you get a glimpse of the surprise just around the corner. But we’re not going there yet.
The living room has details that hark back to the home’s birth, like a painted-stone fireplace, a burnished wood floor, and a row of wood-trimmed windows.
Surprise! This family room addition was created by architect Ricardo Scofidio: A checkerboard-pattern wood floor is underfoot, while a row of wooden trusses holds court overhead. The family room has a dining area and a living area with another stone fireplace (this one with a wood stove insert).
The other end of the family room ends in the kitchen, with a built-in stucco column that holds shelves.
The opposite side of that column has built-in drawers and cabinetry, as well as what looks like a 1970s-era wall oven. More shelves are suspended over a long granite counter with drawers and cabinets underneath.
The rest of the kitchen cabinets wrap around in a U shape, topped with black granite. The appliances are a mix of colors and probably could use an upgrade.
The rest of the house has a traditional ethos. This bedroom has a terra-cotta tile floor, yellow walls, and a single window.
This bathroom has busy blue wallpaper and a frosted-glass, corner shower.
The primary bedroom has peachy walls and a worn-looking white carpet. The ceiling is white planking.
This bathroom has black-and-white penny tile on the floor and yellow walls. The tub/shower is surrounded by blue tile.
This den/library/music room has ’70s-era wood paneling and a gray wall-to-wall carpet. Double rows of windows add lots of light.
The house is being sold in as-is condition, but its under-$600K price tag is a relative bargain for Westchester County. And its location can’t be beat: It’s three minutes from delicious ice cream at The Blue Pig.
If this charming house fits your dreams, find out more about 98 South Mount Airy Road, Croton-on-Hudson, from Cynthia Lippolis with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices River Towns Real Estate.