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Friday Real Estate Porn: Newburgh River Views, $799,000

Technically, this updated 1860 Colonial is in the hamlet of Balmville, just north of Newburgh city. It’s such a fetching piece of upstate New York real estate on the outside, and the views are spectacular, but the inside feels a lot like a three-star hotel, lots of patterned wallpaper in inoffensive mauve shades. Still, the views are spectacular, it’s got five acres and feels oh so country, but it’s right close to city life. In fact, listed under amenities are “Golf Course, Health Club, Medical Facility, Public Transportation, Shopping/Mall.”

As far as Newburgh real estate goes, this is pretty much the best thing I saw in the luxury category. It has a detached two-bed caretaker cottage (more my speed) that rents for $1,200/month. Taxes are $20,290 a year, but if you’re spending eight hundred grand on a country house, that probably won’t deter you. And it’s been on the market for a spell, recently undergoing a $76,000 price cut. Stats on the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Own a Gangster Home: The Gat House

Prohibition. hidden tunnels. and gangsters. Oh my! The story of The Gat House located at 111 North Street sounds like something out of the movies. There are many rumors that come with this home that was built in 1932. According to the Newburgh Historical Society, this residence was once the home of “The Gat,” an associate of the notorious Dutch Schultz.

Regarding the architecture of the home, the NHS says it best,

“The Spanish/Moorish style house favored by “Hollywood” types is built of brick with a tile roof. A large fountain in the front garden enhances this theme. Inside the house, a wood paneled foyer opens onto a copper-leafed sunken living room with a wrought iron balcony high up on the chimney wall. The dining room boasts painted medallions on the ceiling. The music room is finished is gold-leaf with an elaborate painted ceilings and murals. The kitchen has been recently been renovated for style and functionality, but the Moorish feeling and original arched windows remain.”

Other interesting details that came from realtor Regina Dickerson: the tunnel that lead to a wooded area which is now the “Beebs” parking lot which supposedly still exists, but was cemented by the city in the 40′s.  Also, the home took 3 years to build during the depression and prohibition era and yet there are no “blue prints” for the home. According to Regina there are a lot more delightful facts about the home that can only be experienced first hand. (More history, pictures and stats on the jump!) Read the rest of this entry

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