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This Lovely 311-Year-Old Home Has Been Beautifully Updated

published May 12, 2023
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Exterior of historic upstate New York home.
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If you couldn’t already tell from the hand-hewn ceiling beams and architectural symmetry, this New York listing is a very old home. Built in 1712, the three-bedroom Colonial is full of antique character, from the switchback staircase to the wide-plank wooden floors. But, thanks to modern remodeling, it doesn’t feel like a dusty relic of a residence at all.

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The Details

  • Where: Red Hook, New York
  • Price: $795,000
  • Size: 2,477 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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In the living room, for instance, matte charcoal paint gives the fireplace and mantel a sophisticated look, while modern furniture staging shows how well the room lends itself to an old-meets-new blend.

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The kitchen sports stainless appliances and granite counters, but a white beadboard ceiling keeps things cozy. Plus, it boasts what I perceive to be the essential feature of a perfect kitchen: a wide window above the sink.

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Upstairs, you’ll discover two bedrooms (in addition to the guest bedroom or office downstairs), both of which have vaulted ceilings that make them feel bright and airy. One of them, currently in use as an adorable kids’ room, touts a fireplace with a wooden mantel painted in a bold teal hue.

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And no need to worry about 18th-century plumbing — the bathroom upstairs has been fully remodeled, now resembling something out of a chic hotel (think: black hexagonal tiling, a glass shower door, glossy black vanity, and statement blue walls). 

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The home also has not one but two basements — one exclusively for storage, and another that feels like an antique cavern, currently outfitted with lanterns, a pool table, and a stained glass pub light. 

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Not to mention, you can look out onto the spacious and tree-filled yard from either the deck or the lovely and luminous three-season sunroom. 

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