Coxsackie has deep roots in early American history, and luckily there are many houses in the area that date back to the Revolution and beyond.
Case in point: This spectacular stone beauty from 1720. Yet it’s not the oldest house in town—that accolade goes to what is now the Bronck Museum, which Pieter Bronck built in what was then New Netherlands in 1663. Bronck, and the mill that his family ran, are memorialized with the name of the road on which this house sits.
And an unusual home it is. One side of the house is three stories, while the other side—due to the lay of the land—is two. The “bottom” level opens to the kitchen, which is large enough for two islands, a sideboard, a sofa, and a full dining area.
Exposed brick walls, a heavily beamed ceiling, and wide-plank wood floors belie the heritage of the house. But home chefs won’t have to cut corners on cooking or food prep, since the kitchen’s outfitted with professional appliances. The kitchen has two fireplaces: the one on this side of the room is non-functioning…
…and the other, on the dining area side, is wood-burning.
There’s a half bath on this level with a granite-topped, furniture-quality vanity and art-worthy sink.
The opposite side of the house has a vine-covered pergola over the Dutch door, and a patio area that’s crying out for a firepit.
The Dutch door opens into the living room, which also has a fireplace and those imposing ceiling beams. A staircase provides access to the kitchen on the lower floor. White walls are a nice neutral to set off the golden tones of the floor and ceiling.
This bedroom is off the living room. It has a decorative fireplace and a double-size closet.
There’s a half-bath on this level, too, with a fancy sink reminiscent of the one on the floor below.
Another staircase climbs from the living room to the top of the house, where you can appreciate the beauty and function of those dormers. Up here are more of those wide-plank floors.
This room has wooden ceiling beams (on a much smaller scale than those on the other levels), twin storage areas, and an alcove provided by the dormer.
The only full bathroom is up here, and it’s a doozy: A stone-tile floor grounds the space, which has a glass stall shower, clawfoot tub, and a furniture-esque vanity. On the other side of this room are a washer and dryer, too.
The third bedroom is similar to the second, with wood beams, a dormer alcove, and that handsome wood floor.
The house sits on 7.25 acres, which includes this outdoor fireplace and an outdoor woodfired furnace. A workshop is attached to the house and can be used as a garage. It’s five minutes to the Reed Street Historic District, and just a 15-minute drive to Hudson.
If this historical gem is your jam, check out 424 Bronck Mill Road, West Coxsackie, with April Seney of Four Seasons Sothebys International Realty.