This Millbrook weekend warrior converted carriage house/contempo Dutch Colonial offers a lot of space and bells and whistles: three bedrooms but with the “potential” for five, just over three acres of land with mountain views, never having to wait for a bathroom. The property allows for horses, the lofted master bedroom boasts its own jacuzzi, and there’s an artist studio in basement. I like that the property looks so rolling and bucolic but it’s just a mile from the village, a hard balance to find.
It’s most notable feature, though, could be a drawback. How you feel about this house depends on how you feel about tongue-and-groove cedar walls. They’re every where here. I fear this much wood would make me feel like I was living in a sauna. Cozy or claustrophobic? Let us know what you think. Read the rest of this entry
Sweet, yes? This Millbrook cottage has the low ceilings that are common in houses this age, and I don’t love the kitchen, but there’s an undeniable charm to this house. I think it had a 1980s or early 90s update, judging from the cabinets and the solarium tacked on. Good stuff: 11 acres, a stream, original cooking hearth, nice fireplace, built-ins. If you can handle the low ceilings, this one screams country house. Taxes are
not outrageous at $3,207 a year (I’ve seen way higher) $10,885 a year (listed as much lower on Trulia, for some reason) nd it’s got a nice combo of feeling really rural but being only minutes from the village of Millbrook and the MetroNorth. Stats on the jump.
I’m kind of afraid of what my love of Millbrook says about me. It seems to me to be a perfect country house town, although that might be because it reminds me so much of the Hamptons, without the traffic jams and with a little less plastic surgery. And by that I mean: it’s a tiny town, but everything in it is absolutely perfect: little shops, delicious restaurants, boutiques selling home decor I cannot even afford to look at. There’s a nice market, lovely little walkable streets, a sparkling lake/pond. It’s only 14 miles from Poughkeepsie, so you could take MetroNorth and such, but still feels very rural.
The downside: it’s ritzy. Ostentatious. All Beemers and Audis (except for the short time that my ’96 Volvo rolled into town). It’s not dripping with wealth like the Hamptons, not as in-your-face–more refined and less glitzy. But, you know, I saw a lot of twin sets and pearls, and a couple of properties over $27 million!
I like it anyway. Peruse Millbrook listings here, while we’re fishing out some beauties for you this week.