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The first time I discovered Skate Time 209 was when I was invited there for a birthday party. It was my boyfriend’s daughter’s 8th birthday party, and I hadn’t been skating in ages. Naturally, it took me a while to get my rollerlegs back under me, and my 7-year-old daughter Madeline was positively apoplectic because she couldn’t stay upright on her skates. Nonetheless, we had a marvelous time at Skate Time. And when we could no longer stand upright from the amount of skating we did, we played a whole bunch of video games, the kind with the ticket dispensers so you could walk out the door with some pencil erasers, whistles and plastic dinosaurs.
Can you imagine snuggling into your bed at night after a long day at the office, being lulled to sleep by the sound of a waterfall in your backyard? I had to get five aquariums AND download a waterfall sounds app for my iPod just to get that effect in my apartment. Having a swimming hole in your back yard in which to languish on sultry summer days would be pretty great also.
Oh, and we like the house, too. It’s pretty, but the first thing I would do if I bought this home would be to pull up the carpets. I always assume that under every hideous carpet lies a beautiful hardwood floor. I have no basis for this assumption, except that one time, I lived in a house that had nice hardwood floors hidden by barf-green shag carpeting. Long story short: It doesn’t hurt to pull up the corner of the carpet, just to see what’s under there.
The house is set back from Boice Mill Road, secluded, and surrounded by farm land all around. And if this was our yard, we’re not sure we’d ever be able to leave the property ever again. Looks like the perfect place to go for a bit of an afternoon ramble, don’t you think?
It doesn’t get much better than this (and believe me, I looked HARD): This home is a brisk ten-minute bike ride to the Beacon Metro-North station, yet set back just a wee bit out of town and right on the edge of a more rural landscape. The lovely Madam Brett Mill Park is a breath away, and the Dia Art Foundation and the waterfront are nearby, too.
There’s a glut of lovely real estate in Beacon, ripe for the picking. Frankly, a lot of it is fancier and therefore pricier than this home. But I’m spoiled. I want it all. I want sufficient space inside the house (look at the size of that bedroom in the picture to the left there), but I need to have some outside, as well. In the summer, I treat my yard like another room, and I want to be able to walk or ride my bike to at least 50% of any given place I want or need to be during the week. That’s why I like this place.
Oh, and there’s a really cool store in Beacon called Dream In Plastic. I don’t get to Beacon a whole lot these days, but when I do, I make a bee-line for this shop. I won’t spend a lot of time talking about how awesome it is, because I think that’s pretty evident from the website. Just be prepared to spend some ducats, for their wares, though quite irresistible, are not cheap.
Long story short, you should live in Beacon. You should live in this house right here, and then you should go buy some cool stuff at Dream In Plastic. After that, you should grab your spouse/significant other/dog/tolerant cat and take a walk on Long Dock park, and then you should have some pad thai. You can thank me later.
70 Howland Avenue, Beacon (Kristie Alexa Difrancesco – Prudential) GMAP
Asking Price: $274,500
Square Feet: 1400
Land: .44 acres
Year Built: 1925
Features: 2 car detached garage, wood burning fireplace, hard-wood floors
I might as well come clean (so to speak) and admit that I chose this adorable 3-bedroom rental because of one of the two bathrooms. There, I said it. As soon as I saw the photo of the gigantic walk-in shower with all the bells and whistles, not to mention the big bathtub with jets, harps began to play the dream music, and I imagined myself spending hours in that shower, asking, “What does this button do?” But hark! Is that a cute, red spiral staircase? Swoon! I find it slightly suspicious, however, that the listing contained no pictures of the kitchen. Considering how bright, fun and modern this place is, though, I’m willing to look past it and just assume that the kitchen is as cool as the rest of this house.
This is a lot of rental for $2,000 a month (plus the listing says it has 600 sf studio over the two-car garage), and while it’s fairly secluded, this 1,432-square foot A-frame still sits conveniently close to the Taconic Parkway. And how many BBQs would you throw if you had a patio like that? If you answered, “As many as humanly possible,” then you win! It also sits pretty near the center of Hopewell Junction, which is a nifty little hamlet situated in East Fishkill. There’s plenty to do around there, like hiking, winery tours, shops, just in case your fancy spa bathroom gets a little boring for you.
I have to admit, I’m kind of a sucker for an open floor plan. Sure, it’s not always the best choice if you have children or you live with someone but enjoy your privacy, but I still love the airiness of it all. But then again, I was born and raised in Alaska, and it’s well known that we Alaskans love our open spaces.
Speaking of space, the property also features a nice and roomy 6+ acres to stretch out in, plus a waterfront view of the Claverack Creek. And although Route 23 is kind of the main drag in Claverack, it’s more of a country-fied main drag, which means less bumper-to-bumper and more farmland views, and it’s set far enough off the road to make this property quite the nice little get-away, either as a second home or a year-round residence.
The exposed posts and beams are not too shabby, either, if you’re into that sort of thing, and I am totally into that sort of thing.
Oh, and another thing: There are organic fruit trees! The land is suitable for keeping horses! The seven year old in me seems to be really excited about that.
300 Route 23, Claverack (Beach & Bartolo) GMAP
Asking Price: $285,000
Beds: 2 (if you put up a privacy screen)
Square Feet: 1300
Land: 6.45 acres
Year Built: 1989
Features: Studio/guest room above detached garage