With the recent PBS airing of Ken Burns' seven-part documentary on New York's most influential political family, we're shining the spotlight on Hyde Park-on-Hudson, the Dutchess County community forever branded as the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. There's a litany of reasons to consider this historic river town, which offers a high quality of life at a price point surprisingly more accessible than its gilded Vanderbilt Mansion might infer. A diverse housing stock, outdoor recreation, convenient shopping and a growing art scene makes it ideal for active family lifestyles, whether you work locally within the Poughkeepsie metro area or commute southward towards New York City. It's also home to the Culinary Institute of America and its acclaimed student restaurants, making it one of the tastiest corners of the region.
Here are just a few examples of homes that await you in Hyde Park:
691 Netherwood Road | $749,000
This elegant 1830s home doesn't seem so old when you consider that, at the time of its construction, the Dutch Colonial-rooted Roosevelt family already resided in New Amsterdam almost a full 200 years! Marshall House is a timeless Hudson Valley retreat, with light-filled living space, wide-blank hardwood floors and all that "they don't make them like they used to" jazz. The bucolic six-acre property hosts mature plantings, graceful stone patios, a tennis court and a small barn, along with an adjacent carriage house with upstairs guest apartment. A step onto this property is simply a heartwarming experience, whether sitting beneath a tree or beside a toasty fireplace. See more of 691 Netherwood Road
41 Curry Lane | $649,000
In the right era, you'd practically be neighbors with FDR at this absolutely stunning Shingle Style Revival cottage, which sits within walking distance to the 32nd President's estate along the Hudson's East Bank. This architecturally enticing residence boasts an open floor plan with sunken living room and three levels of outdoors terraces to take in river and nature views, including a widow's walk in the grand turret. Landscaping, stone walls and a water feature help it blend seamlessly into its surroundings. See more of 41 Curry Lane
87 Huyler Drive | $535,000
This darling newer construction is the turnkey modern home, accessorized with crown moldings, a gas fireplace and central vac. Its interiors are an inviting balance of European and Arts & Crafts influence, from the finished walkout lower level to a breakfast nook overlooking the backyard. With 1.37 acres and an easy drive to Hyde Park, Rhinebeck and Poughkeepsie, it's perfect for families of any size. See more of 87 Huyler Drive