Victorian Gingerbread Gem in Red Hook, $625K

  |  April 21, 2022

This pretty Italianate home checks a bunch of boxes: Historical, walkable to downtown Red Hook, and fairytale cute with its own top-story tower.

The 2,264-square-foot Victorian was built around 1870 for the Gedneys, a founding family of Red Hook. The current owners are only the fourth in the line of ownership, and have owned it for four decades. The interior is well maintained, but could use some aesthetic updates.

The entry is rather stunning, with hardwood floors, a shapely newel post and banister, and these handsome painted French doors.

Ok, it’s a little pink in the living room, and a peek back into the entry shows that the stairway carpet probably needs to be replaced…but check out that arched alcove above the bay windows. Other interesting details include pocket doors, a wraparound veranda, and landscaping with pollinator gardens.

The kitchen is big enough for a dinette set, and appears to have plenty of room for storage. Lots of windows brighten the space, and there’s nothing more handy and nostalgic than a kitchen door leading out back.

Yup, it leads to a small mudroom—perfect for swapping boots for slippers on those slushy or muddy days. There’s also access to a potential home office or first-floor bedroom.

The dining room has those beautiful hardwood floors, chair rail and wainscoting that look like they’re in good shape, and vintage painted doors that probably hide a closet and basement access.

Follow that curvy banister up to four big bedrooms. Those stairs on the side lead up to the tower, which would be a perfect reading, writing, or meditation space.

The large primary bedroom most likely began life as two rooms. Now, it’s bright and spacious.

Three other bedrooms on this floor are all in great condition, with shiny hardwood floors and vintage radiators.

The house has two full bathrooms—one on the main floor, and the other on the bedroom level. They each have cute details like wainscoting and old-fashioned fixtures.

The property’s third-of-an-acre includes an original, two-story carriage barn that simply screams for an artist’s studio. Plus, the house is one block from downtown Red Hook, where you’ll find Lucoli Brick Oven Pizza; H.A.S. Beane Books; the Historic Village Diner; and other great shops.

Ready for Red Hook gingerbread dreams? Check out 51 West Market Street, Red Hook, with Julia Crowley of Corcoran Country Living.

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