We’re opening our week of Colonials with one that doesn’t fit the standard mold: It’s an octagon house in Livingston, Columbia County, one of only 120 throughout New York state.
Built in 1978, the house hasn’t been maintained lately, and needs quite a bit of work. But it’s got a great price, solid bones, and is on a country road within a 20-minute drive to hip Hudson.
The two-story house has 2,670 square feet in which to flex your decorative-concept muscles.
The main level is one big, open space. The kitchen needs a huge update—and with this much space, it could be magnificent.
An open, center stairway spirals up through the uber-cool sunburst ceiling, which is high enough to hang a swing chair.
The walls are lined with windows and a set of sliding glass doors with a transom on top. The floor needs a redo, as do the walls themselves.
The teak sunburst ceiling looks to be in great shape, and all of those windows let the light just pour in.
A half-bath is a handy touch on the main level, but it, too, needs an update.
Head upstairs to the second level for three bedrooms and a full bath.
On the way, look up to see a beautiful atrium skylight.
There are sliders on the second level—but no porch/deck/outside stairs.
Each of the bedrooms is a wedge carved out of the octagon. Replacing the windows to all of the same type/size would be a grand undertaking, but the consistent look may well be worth the cost.
Like the rest of the house, the full bathroom needs a full reno.
Still, how could you turn down this beautiful setting? There are nearly four acres of property and a spring-fed pond.
If overhauling this octagon house is your jam, find out more about 24 Scudderhook Road, Livingston, from Catherine Mondello with Mondello Upstate Properties LLC.