There are homes that are steeped in tradition. Today’s Rhinebeck find is…well, let’s say it’s marinated in it.
It’s for sale “as is” (and its nearly $600,000 price tag tells us a bit about pricing in the town and village), but don’t let that scare you. It’s in good shape, but some of it needs cosmetic updates. It was built in 1955 and somehow lacks that Midcentury Modern charm. Still, the Cape Cod-style home has four bedrooms and two full baths in its 2,063 square feet. The attached, one-car garage is a plus.
The living room’s Chippendale details on the chairs and coffee table tip us off that this house was well-loved by a lover of traditional style. The pink carpeting and green wallpaper most likely won’t survive the next owner’s discernment.
That big bow window and stately fireplace show that the home does have good bones. And the living room is open to the dining room right behind it.
It has a bay window with operable side windows; a brass chandelier; white wainscoting; and a very busy wallpaper pattern, along with more of that pink carpeting.
But wow, this sunroom addition is a keeper. It’s got a wood-planked ceiling, skylights, and a big Palladian window, with floor-to-ceiling casement windows on another wall and French doors out to the deck.
The kitchen is just off the sunroom, and shares the same ceramic floor tile. Alas, a lot of upgrades are probably needed here—although it’s clear it’s been well-loved. Those cabinets with that retro scalloped trim might even go well in a kitchen redo, since they appear to be in pretty good condition.
Our prediction for this full bathroom: Keep the pink tile, rethink nearly everything else.
Two bedrooms are on the first floor, and two are upstairs. This main-level bedroom is being used as a den. It’s got white wainscoting, a wood floor, and candy-striped wallpaper topped with a floral ceiling border.
This bedroom is neat, with interesting angles and a spacious size. The buckled carpeting should be replaced, and the room might need new paint, but those are relatively easy fixes.
This bedroom is small but has a wood floor and a sash window. The wall treatments need repair.
This full bath looks recently renovated, with gray walls, a white-tiled shower, and a blond-wood vanity topped with a white counter.
This bedroom is similar to the other smaller bedroom, and needs the same updates.
We’re unsure exactly where this enclosed porch fits, but we’d guess it’s on the side of the house, kind of behind the sunroom. It’s got a flagstone floor and screened walls.
The wood deck off the sunroom could use a powerwash and restaining, but it’s plenty big enough for a party.
There’s a third of an acre here, with pretty plantings and room to romp. And it’s just a few minutes from the village center and Amtrak.
If this pretty Cape has you wanting to roll up your sleeves and get to work, find out more about 7 Maplewood Drive, Rhinebeck, from Greg Berardi with Berardi Realty.