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1920 Post-and-Beam Dutch Colonial in Millbrook for $425,000

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

Pre-Revolutionary Cottage in Millbrook, $385,000

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.

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Town of the Week: Millbrook, N.Y.

from Wikipeadia

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.

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