c. 1870 Second Empire – Poughkeepsie, NY – $135,000

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Added to OHD on 1/31/19   -   Last OHD Update: 3/5/19   -   22 Comments
341 Church St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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Classic Victorian with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The carved stone fireplaces, pocket doors, window seats, original wood work, slate roof..it's all there. Bring this 4 bedroom, 2 bath house back to its former glory. Corner lot, off street parking. Needs work. As-is sale.
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James Mitchell, Exit Realty Connections
(845) 298-6034
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22 Comments on c. 1870 Second Empire – Poughkeepsie, NY – $135,000

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  1. AvatarDeniseLynn says: 225 comments

    The interior doesn’t look too bad. The kitchen is definitely in need of an update. I’d make some cosmetic changes too. What I love is the exterior. I love a mansard roof. I’m imagining all sorts of different paint color combinations. With the red roof, I’m thinking a green and red Christmas house might work. Where’d I put my Ben Moore sample fan deck. . .

    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2510 comments
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      Escondido, CA

      I agree, the interior is a little plainer than I expected based on the fantastic exterior. I literally gasped when I scrolled down the feed to this one.

  2. AvatarDante A Ludwig says: 6 comments

    Wow, I love this house and the property. There is something cozy about the house, and upstate New York is a draw for me. Looks to be in very good condition.

    • AvatarPeggy Sullivan says: 39 comments

      Hardly “Upstate” Dante…it’s on the Hudson..between Albany and NYC

      • Barbara VBarbara V says: 291 comments
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        1800 cottage
        Upstate, NY

        Ha, ha! To us New Yorkers, “upstate” is anything north of Westchester!! (And to those in NYC, it is anything north of the Bronx!)

        As far as this house, someone recently mentioned that they are becoming a fan of the second empire style, and I must say, I agree! I have yet to see one that doesn’t appeal, and this is no exception…

  3. AvatarBrianO says: 38 comments

    This place is about a minute away from our place. It’s on one of the two busy one way, three lane roads that cut through Poughkeepsie. The roof is cool.

  4. AvatarBarbara N Kahl says: 51 comments

    You had me at window seat!

  5. Michaeljoe62Michaeljoe62 says: 21 comments

    What a dollhouse on the outside!

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  7. AvatarWoeisme says: 95 comments

    Please don’t update the exterior like the second empire only a few houses down the street from this beauty.

  8. AvatarClund says: 147 comments

    Oh my gosh this house is so cute! I don’t mind that its a bit of a blank slate inside. It still has plenty of character, and less horrible wallpaper to replace. I wish they had taken a photo of the front entryway from the inside. Double doors and a transom? Yes please! I don’t know how you could not come home to that and not smile. It would be so much fun to gussy her up again.

  9. AvatarWendy T says: 40 comments

    What a glorious exterior. The interior does not look to require too much work. This could be a stunning home!!

  10. AvatarPeg says: 21 comments

    It’d be nice if those fireplaces could be back in working order…otherwise this is in very good condition. Not familiar with this particular part of the city but in general Poughkeepsie has a lot of old houses in need of love. The general area (New Paltz, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Hyde Park, etc) is great.

  11. JimHJimH says: 3997 comments
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    In 1873, Sarah Velie bought the lot here from attorney and real estate investor Robert N. Palmer for $1500. Her husband, carpenter Walter T. Velie (1846-1908), had served in the Civil War and fought at Gettysburg. His ancestor (and mine) was Pieter Viele, who built his house of staves and mud in 1713 – only the date stone survives.
    At the time, this neighborhood at the eastern edge of town was sparsely developed. Most likely Walter Velie built the home on speculation since they moved elsewhere by 1876. That might also explain the simple layout and lack of fancy details inside.

    • AvatarHudson Valley Gal says: 1 comments

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for sharing that context about the house. We live a couple blocks away from that house. I look at it longingly each time we drive by, but it’s so close to the arterial that I know it would be a difficult house to live in. We’ve been researching the history of our house. We noticed that many of the interior features of our house are identical to this house (staircase, fireplace surround, interior window trim, etc.). Our house is a Folk Victorian built in 1874 (on South Cherry St). Do you think it’s possible that Walter Velie also built our house, since he was a carpenter? It’s one of the mysteries of our house we have not solved yet.

      • JimHJimH says: 3997 comments
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        It’s a possibility that Velie built your house, though many builders would have had access to the same materials. It looks like the standard good quality (not fancy) millwork at the time, and those cast iron fireplaces are pretty common.
        Finding builders or architects in that period is hit or miss. If you know the owner, you can search the name on the old newspaper sites and possibly find a note about the construction. I’ve gotten lucky a few times but it’s rare. Good luck!

  12. AvatarWm mann says: 7 comments

    This is a very nice house. Someone could make a very nice jewel of it.
    Being born and bred in N.Y. myself l appreciate the elite attitude of Manhattenites.
    Does anybody remember the cartoon in The New Yorker magazine that showed a view of Manhatten with everything west of the Hudson River as a vast virgin forest?
    How about Gene Hackman as a detective in The French Connection,a king a suspect of he ever picked his toes in Poughkeepsie?
    Okay,maybe a little nerdy.
    Pour.is close enough to the city. And the price is reasonable.
    As a restoration Mason, l can say that it would be possible to get those coal burning fireplaces to vent gas burning appliances at mininimum.
    Cheers on the New Year all!

  13. brigidbrigid says: 242 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    The words ‘needs work’ and ‘as is’ always make me imagine the worst, but this is great! The ‘needs work’ appears to be cosmetic because the rest is beautiful. I even love the wallpaper.


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