In case you haven't read the articles or spotted a 'Catskills vs. Hamptons' tee, North is the new East. Hudson, Rhinebeck and Chatham are the new Montauk, Sag Harbor and Quogue, luring with its low-key "anti-scene," natural serenity and the promise of mindful, authentic living. We rounded up some of our most unique current listings in the north country, available just in time for summer:
CHATHAM | 1896 Red Rock Road
Once the northern end of the Harlem Line, Chatham was a bustling railroad junction that's today sought-after for its postcard perfect Main Street, walk-to-town Victorian painted ladies and, further from town, secluded equestrian estates. This 1886 Queen Anne bridges the best of everything, coupling meticulously restored antique details with a close-to-village location and 21 acres of property. The Taconic Parkway provides easy access to town, and after shop hopping your way to dinner on the Blue Plate porch you'll be smitten with the place.
LAGRANGEVILLE | 7 Sundance
Somewhere between Palm Desert and Disney's Polynesian Resort is this unique California Rambler-style home, designed by a longtime local architect inspired by Wright's Usonian principles. It sits at a gateway to the Clove Valley, keeping convenient proximity with both more developed corners of Dutchess County and small, beloved second-home centers like Millbrook, Millerton and Amenia. Master craftsmanship, 3+ acres and a pool make for an idyllic retreat even if you choose to never leave the property.
WALKILL | 23 Kings Hill Terrace
Anchored by a completely renovated 1845 farmhouse. this 6+ acre compound in the Catskill foothills has it all. Painstaking effort was taken to refresh the home's authentic period details, from its rocking chair porch to interiors of wide-plank wood floors. An oversized garage has space for three vehicles and includes a 1,600 SF accessory apartment. A large barn and pool complete the package.
MILLBROOK | 48 Verbank Road
This 1910 farmhouse fuses traditional sensibilities with fresh, colorful splashes of modernity when you least expect them, the results being nothing short of incredible. It's surrounded by an equally enchanting setting: 1.62 well utilized acres boast butterfly, hummingbird and perennial gardens, native fruit trees and David Austin roses. There's also a vintage barn with a fully-equipped workshop, and a bench swing you won't be able to ignore on summer evenings, potentially with a glass of local Millbrook wine in hand.
PLEASANT VALLEY | 49 North Avenue
Rumor has it the Hudson Valley's draw is so great it convinced this West Village townhouse to bail on its foundation and trek north in the night! Truthfully of course, it was always here, but this contemporary of the iconic blocks of Morton and Barrow affords a unique opportunity for an enviable NYC setup north in the country. It still has its original antique wide-plank floors, crown molding and 10' ceilings, something you'll never find in the city at this price point.