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Calvert Vaux Riverfront Gothic Revival in Newburgh for $369,000

Cher’s post yesterday about the Newburgh Tuscan wonder inspired me to go upmarket today.  Newburgh’s housing stock offers a ton of Victorian mansions and quasi-mansions, so you have your pick of the litter if you want to live like you’re in Clue.

This 1850 Newburgh Gothic Revival has lots of selling points, first and foremost the panoramic river views and that spacious double lot, something of a rarity for urban Upstate river town properties. There’s off-street parking (though no garage), a wood stove in the kitchen, and tons of lovingly restored detail. This house has pedigree, too. It was (likely) built by the famed Calvert Vaux. Vaux is best-known for collaborating with Frederick Law Olmsted on Central Park, but his work can be found allover the Hudson Valley.

The house has been on the market for about nine months, and the seller cut the price by $6,000 back in June. More pics and stats on the jump. Read the rest of this entry

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Newburgh Victorian for $365,000

I think this 1870  townhouse in Newburgh is prettier on the inside than from the curb. It’s on historic Grand Street and surrounded by other Victorian homes, and it has a nice corner location. It’s also within walking distance to the marina and the ferry. Still, the interior strikes me as so much more appealing—and looks so much more spacious—than the outside shots would have you believe.

The house sold for the same $365,000 price tag two years ago, before the downturn. What does that sum get you in Newburgh? 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a small backyard, in excellent condition with a new roof and new plumbing, central air The 5,916 square footage doesn’t include the finished basement or the attic. More stats on the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Introducing Newburgh Mondays!

We’re very pleased to announce that Cher Vick of Newburgh Restoration will be blogging with us her at Upstater every Monday. We’re big fans of Cher’s blog, and we thought she’d be the perfect person to introduce us to what it would real estate and life are like in an urban upstate town. Cher will surely tell you more, but as a teaser, know that Newburgh is a great option for folks who want to escape to Upstate (and it’s affordable real estate market) but prioritize walkability, public transportation (Metronorth to Beacon then a ferry across to Newburgh), and easier access to NYC. More to come, and welcome, Cher!

Newburgh Restoration

Because of my bias towards the bucolic, my virtual real estate hunting tends to focus on farm houses, renovated barns, refurbished churches, and any sort of structure that might be mentioned in a Trollope novel. Lisa is obsessed with bungalows,  so that combination means Upstater has (thus far) largely overlooked the urban Upstate New York real estate market. That’s a shame, as formerly wealthy cities like Poughkeepsie and Newburgh have real estate stock rich in possibilities, as well as relatively easy access to NYC—often at really low prices.

So I was thrilled to discover the Newburgh Restoration blog. Its focus on one Upstate city is deep and inspiring, as is its open, even political commitment to revitalizing Newburgh. It has tempting real estate posts about pretty, pretty houses (like this “wedding cake house” for $239,000), detailed neighborhood information,  as well as thoughtful discussions about how to revitalize Newburgh—for instance, by proposing that the City of Newburgh, which owns many of its dilapidated properties,  sell them for $1 to first time home buyers who were pre-qualified for an FHA 203K loan (mortgage & renovation loan in one).

Let us know which Upstate cities you’d like learn more about, and we’ll try to comply.

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