The town and village of Catskill were the favorite subjects of Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole (whose house and studio are a National Historic Site here) and Frederic Edwin Church. This week, Upstater is visiting homes in and around Catskill.
Today’s house was built in 1860, right in the thick of when Church was putting brush to canvas. The Victorian Italianate style with stacked, covered porches looks as if it would feel right at home in the Big Easy (down to the “haint blue” porch ceilings). Its cream siding and light-green shutters, set off by white accents in the window trim, railings, and columns, are a bright spot on the block.
Prior owners certainly loved the house enough to maintain it in great condition. The front door opens to a sunny foyer.
A glass door leads to the living room, which has a quartet of slim, tall windows on the front wall and more windows on the side. A large area rug covers a wood floor, and the walls are a light blue.
A decorative fireplace holds court across from a sectional sofa.
Off the living room is a bedroom that’s just big enough for a twin bed.
The dining room is large and also has a wood floor. A glass door to the outside sidles next to a slim nook that’s big enough for a hutch, with an interesting display ledge spanning the corner near the ceiling.
We find it interesting that there are no built-in lower cabinets in the kitchen. Instead, a wheeled, steel cart topped with marble serves as storage and prep space, between a gas range and a skinny-legged sink. A freestanding dishwasher and a stainless-steel fridge complete the kitchen appliance suite. Above, a couple of white cabinets flank a window, and a pot rack hangs over the range.
Freestanding drawers and shelves in this slim space provide more storage and workspace options.
The house has two bathrooms. This one is on the main floor, with a glazed corner shower and a wall-mounted sink with vintage double taps.
Back in the foyer, head to the center staircase to get to the second floor, admiring how the sunlight slants along the floor.
This bedroom is a good size, with carved wall-to-wall carpeting and lots of oversized windows.
This bed looks petite, but that may be an illusion caused by how tall it is. This room also has wall-to-wall carpeting…
…and a sitting area with a French door…
…out to this glorious terrace. We love that teeny shelf on the column—perfect for small binoculars to take in all of the vista.
The bathroom on the second floor is roomy, with a hardwood floor, a pedestal sink, a triplet of built-in alcoves to stash toiletries, and a full-size tub/shower. The shiplap ceiling is a nice touch.
This office has the same ceiling, and knotty-pine floors along with a door to the porch.
The house measures 1,600 square feet and sits on just 0.04 acres. But cool businesses and restaurants on and around Main Street are just a 10-minute walk away—like Left Bank Ciders for a crisp, seasonal sip.
If this jewelbox of a home has just the right setting for you, find out more about 51 Green Street, Catskill, from Michele Saunders Laine with HOUSE Hudson Valley Realty.
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