When we mention old houses in the Hudson Valley, we mean old. Today’s house spotlight dates back to 1731, and it has a neat legacy.
This Dutch sandstone cottage in the Rockland County riverside village of Piermont was once a tavern, and—according to research conducted by the Piermont Historical Society—George Washington himself tipped a few brews here.
Luckily for us, the sturdy bones of this beauty have been relatively untouched. Walk in through the front door and you’re greeted by wide-plank, scrubbed-pine floors and six-over-six windows with deep sills. Those ceiling beams were hand-hewn a couple hundred years ago.
The central staircase has a handy closet, which we noticed only after we peeled our eyes away from that magnificent fireplace.
The deep tones of the ceiling beams appear on the fireplace surround. It’s flanked by a window on one side, and built-in bookshelves on the other. All you need are your favorite books to fill those shelves, and a comfy easy chair to curl up in next to the fireplace.
The other side of the main level is dedicated to the kitchen/dining area. In a historic house that pre-dates the modern kitchen, it’s got to be difficult to plan a design that honors its history while providing the necessary conveniences. With simple blue cabinets and butcher-block countertops, this kitchen nails it.
Oh, and did we mention there’s a SECOND fireplace on this side, too? More built-in shelving separates this fireplace from a Dutch door (another amazing detail).
The side door leads to this brick courtyard shielded from the road by shrubbery.
The house measures only 1,023 square feet and has just two bedrooms, both of them upstairs. This one has honey-toned floors and cool architectural angles from the roofline and dormers.
The dormers allow even more light to sink in.
The bathroom isn’t huge, but it’s updated in a bright white color scheme. It’s got a terrazzo-like floor, a tiled walk-in shower, and a marble-topped walnut vanity.
The second bedroom has skinnier wood floors and a smaller dormer window.
The house is literally on Piermont’s main street. Currently there’s no off-street parking on the property, but there’s room to carve out a spot for one car. The village is super-walkable, with Flywheel Park and Piermont Flywheel Gallery just steps away. Outdoor recreation here abounds: Stroll along the Piermont Pier for great birdwatching and scenic river views, or hop in a kayak in the warmer months for a closeup look. A couple streets away from this house, you can access the Long Path for mountainside hikes. Plus, there are great waterfront restaurants here, such as Pier 701. If you’re craving Manhattan, it’s just a half-hour drive away.
If the history of this house calls out to you, find out more about 272 Piermont Avenue, Piermont, with Nancy Blaker Weber with Howard Hanna Rand Realty.
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