While these two houses were built nearly 200 years apart, both are dripping with character and feature modern amenities. Which is your favorite?
Upstate NY: Malta, NY
This 200 year old farmhouse is more like an estate – complete with a barn, carriage house, and potting shed. I love the exposed beams and wide floorboards, but the highlights of the house are the four fireplaces in the living room, dining room and bedrooms. You’ll need the extra warmth to battle the upstate winters since this property is pretty far north of our usual territory.
At drastically different ends of the price spectrum, we have a pair of five bedroom Victorian painted ladies in Upstate New York and New England. Both have the typical charms of a large Victorian home such as sprawling porches and ornate trim.
The best part of this house in East Durham is that it comes with a bunkie that looks like a miniature doll house. Can you imagine the surprised look on your guests’ faces when they see what a charming little house they’ll inhabit for a long weekend in the country? While the interior is quite bare-bones, I would love to build out a new kitchen around the white wood plank pantry in the corner.
We’re in Wellfleet on Cape Cod this weekend, and we couldn’t be happier. In addition to time at the beach, the agenda includes the flea market, a rosé tasting party, and cocktails in town to drink up these last few weekends of the summer! After all of this fun, it’s hard not to imagine owning a summer house out here.
This adorable shingled house is looking out on the bay on the main road heading towards Wellfleet, not far from Erika’s family home. For year-round living, the house boasts of fantastic outdoor decks (upstairs and downstairs, it appears?) and a lovely sunporch (As a side note, the owners would love our round up of wicker furniture!).
We adore the exposed beams and open living room/kitchen/dining area downstairs since it encourages vacation togetherness. Upstairs, all of the ceilings are covered in white washed beadboard and some painted wide floorboards. To be honest, we want it as is. We wouldn’t change a thing.
Upstate New York: Pine Plains, New York
Pine Plains and the surrounding area is one that I’m not very familiar with, but it is in a convenient location (just off the Taconic Parkway) for weekenders and just a short drive to Rhinebeck. I love this in-town saltbox for its bright interior and plentiful built ins. The dining room is lined with glass paned cabinets, the living room with book shelves, and there’s a great butler pantry for even more storage. The great downstairs hardwood floors are also complimented by wide pine floorboards in the upstairs bedrooms.
There is something about summer in the city that just makes you want to hightail it to the country as fast as possible. Maybe it’s the heat rising off the blacktop or a crowded subway car or the epic heatwave that’s been tormenting most of the east coast, but this week has me dreaming of open space, vegetable gardens, and swimming holes – so we’re taking a look at working farms and the beautiful historic farmhouses that accompany them.
Upstate New York: Accord, New York
While it looks like this property needs some work, it is the oldest house in Accord. And while you often see exposed brick, it’s not every day that you see the exposed walls of a stone farmhouse. The property also boasts of a wagon house, milk house and rare Dutch barn. The sale is pending, and we consider the new owner to be very fortunate to live in such a historic house.
We love the look of shingled houses. With the dark trim, as with the house in the Hudson Valley, a shingled house can take on a cabin feel, or with white-washed trim and a worn grey tint, as with the Cape house below, it feels perfectly coastal.
Upstate New York: Gardiner, NY
This shingled farmhouse, built in 1865, retains much of the original details. Check out the amazing wood plank bedroom door. While the house only has one bathroom, it’s the size of a bedroom itself! I love the large, well kept barn too.
Sometimes the curb appeal of a house doesn’t match the interior, and today we have two examples of amazing mansions for reasonable prices that fit into this category. We would like to see quite a bit of redecorating inside each of these homes, but let’s focus on the good instead.
Upstate New York: New Hartford, NY
The area surrounding Utica has a special place in our hearts after spending four years at Hamilton College, so I was excited to see this gigantic stone castle for sale in New Hartford. The interior isn’t necessarily our tastes, but I can’t get enough of the stone walls and archways. I also love the little stone outbuilding and mix of glass and stone for the sunroom/greenhouse.