Town of the Week: Claverack
I’ve never hung out in Claverack, though I’ve driven through many times and remarked on the sweet old houses and the great location within Columbia County. And once upon a time I knew someone who was caretaker for Merchant and Ivory’s grand house there, so you know it’s attracted some illustrious residents in the past. There’s not much of a town itself, just the crossroads of 23 and 9H, with a foodmart, a library and Keeler’s Eskimo Bar, for your fries and ice cream. If you want real countryside and want that countryside close to Hudson, worth a look here.
One hamlet within the town of Claverack is Philmont, which a friend visited last week and said it was charming and had a delicious locavore restaurant, so that’s a plus, too. Mostly, this is a quiet area, a hop-skip from the Taconic, 10 minutes from the Hudson train station, a 40-minute drive to swanky Great Barrington.We’ll dig up some great old houses there, too. One thing about Claverack: many a lovely home under $500,000. In the meantime, drool over this modern masterpiece profiled in the NY Times this summer. Oddly, it’s still listed for sale, but now it’s $80,000 more than it was many months ago. Hm. We’ll dig up the story there.