Just about two hours from New York City, unsung Orange County is filled with apple orchards and charming villages. Warwick, N.Y., the historic village where this Folk Victorian is located, boasts sweet boutiques, restaurants, brewpubs, and wineries — a perfect place to call home or for a weekend getaway. Plus, it’s only 45 miles from the George Washington Bridge.
Folk Victorian is one of the loosest American 19th century vernacular architectural styles. Classic Gothic Revival, Stick Style or Shingle Style houses were typically designed by architects for the wealthier set, while regular middle class folks, who also wanted an up-to-date house, typically designed their house themselves or had the local carpenter build it. The result was often a pastiche of 19th century styles. Today, these houses resonate as charming and distinctly American throwbacks to an earlier time.
The owners of this Warwick house, built around 1896, have restored the exterior to its original wavy clapboard siding. There’s a porch perfect for long summer afternoons, and as you enter the house, the interesting parquet floors, handsome yet unassuming staircase, and attractive columns catch the eye. The current owners have decorated in a refreshingly spare shabby-chic style, with vintage furniture and plain white walls.
The kitchen, however, is bang up to date with granite countertops, stainless appliances, and an island. But in back you’ll find a half bath and a mudroom that looks like it’s hardly changed from 1896! Upstairs, each bedroom sports a unique floor design. There’s only one bathroom for all three bedrooms, which means a lot of sharing and negotiating during morning shower time. On the third floor is a 320-square-foot bonus room that could be used as a home office, gym or sewing room.
Out back are several patios and a sloped lawn, along with old stone walls and a fenced Victorian cutting garden. There’s also a circa-1920s garage.
Interested? The three-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom, 1,660-square-foot house, set on 0.39 of an acre, is available for just $539,000 via Steven Wing at Howard Hanna Rand Realty.