A President and an Astronaut Have Slept in this Catskill Manse, $749,900

  |  December 9, 2019

Looking to own a slice of history? This grand Catskill mansion provides a glimpse into 19th-century life in the Hudson Valley. 

Built in 1887 by a prominent Catskill community member for a prominent local magistrate, the 4,725-square-foot Gilded-age home played host to both President Gerald Ford and astronaut James Lowell in the early 1980s. Now, it’s on the market and can be your personal estate, complete with too many original, Victorian details to count. The note-worthy front veranda leads to double beveled-glass doors…

…which, in turn, lead to a gracious foyer with the home’s main staircase on full display. Through the arched pocket doors on the left side of the center hall is a double parlor with ornate ceiling, crown moldings, high ceilings, fireplace, and hardwood floors.

This room offers access to a formal dining room warmed by an over-sized fireplace and carved-wood mantel.

Opposite the green parlor is a lounge/den frozen in time with big windows and built-in cabinets and book cases. You can almost detect a faint scent of the cigar smoke, antique leather-bound books, and whiskey.

A large country kitchen with double ovens and a center island with two sinks will help you feed all of your astronaut/presidential visitors…

…and, on the second and third floors, nine bedrooms – some with fireplaces – should keep everyone comfortable during their stay. The house also comes with two full baths and two half-baths clad in marble.

The house, which is listed on the Greene County Historical Register, sits on a .37-acre lot next to a number of other stately, older homes in the charming village of Catskill, NY on the Hudson River. Catskill’s nearest neighbor to the north is the village of Athens, which also sports picturesque buildings and homes. This week on Upstater, we’ll be featuring homes for sale in both towns, and if you haven’t fallen in love by Friday with these two friendly, attractive neighbors in Greene County, your heart might just be two sizes to small.

Stay tuned for more…

Ready to host a grand soiree at this Catskill mansion? Find out more about 25 Prospect Avenue, Catskill, NY from Premiere Realty Services

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