This c.1712 Red Hook Saltbox is a Stunner: $795K

  |  May 10, 2023

Today’s Upstater house predates the incorporation of Red Hook itself by a century.

Yes, this house was built in 1712. It’s been renovated over the years, but it’s kept the magnificent details of that Colonial era. The exterior exemplifies the saltbox shape, with smoky teal siding, a shingled roof, and a red front door with white trim.

If those wide-plank floors could talk! The entry is roomy and bright with plastered walls and painted ceiling beams. The staircase is simple but elegant.

Rustic support beams separate the entry from the living room, where we get a good view of one of the many fireplaces in the home.

The living room has a shelving unit to the side of the fireplace, and twelve-over-twelve sashed windows. The knotty floors match the ceiling beams.

The kitchen is beautifully modern, with a charcoal-toned countertop over maple, Shaker-style cabinets. The stainless-steel Wolf range is the highlight here; other appliances are black, and don’t appear to be as high-end, but still are attractive.

The lines of the painted wood-plank ceiling are imitated in wainscoting that covers the breakfast bar peninsula separating the kitchen workspace from the dining area. French doors open to the side deck from here. The deck is half-covered with a pergola.

The main floor has a guest room, which has a dramatic, deep blue accent wall surrounding the black-painted fireplace.

The floors are slate tile, and the room is large enough for lots of seating and other furniture in addition to the bed.

The main floor also has this cheery, white-toned bathroom with a gray floor, white vanity, and large, walk-in shower.

A three-season room is drenched with light and has a door to the outside.

Back inside, head upstairs to the second floor that sports the same vintage floors as the main level.

The ceilings up here are vaulted and painted white. The first bedroom has a green accent wall surrounding the house’s third fireplace.

The second bedroom is big and bright.

So is the bathroom, which has marble accents in the glass shower stall; black hexie tile on the floor; and a sleek, floating, black-and-white vanity that’s a nice contrast to the deep teal walls.

All of that renovation may have had you wondering if anything truly original was kept in its vintage glory. That question is gloriously answered in the first of two basements in the house. This fourth fireplace is huge and probably historic. The steps heading downstairs, though, appear treacherously steep.

Still, the vibe down here is warmly cave-like, with thick, plastered-stone walls and rich wood floors (this one seems better kept than the one in the previous photo).

The house sits on 1.6 acres and is just five minutes to downtown Red Hook, and 10 minutes to Rhinebeck.

If this vintage beauty calls to you, find out more about 89 Benner Road, Red Hook, from Delyse Berry with Upstate Down.

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