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c. 1795 Federal in Greenwich, NY

$425,000

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Added to OHD on 1/21/23   -   Last OHD Update: 1/21/23

2850 State Route 29, Greenwich, NY 12834

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  • 6 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 3928 Sq Ft
  • 1.65 Ac.
Historic Battenville riverfront property presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for its next owner. The Thomas McLean house, built circa 1795, has a rich history being located across from Susan B. Anthony's childhood home and was featured in the book ''A Simpler Way of Life'' as well as the movie ''The Horse Whisperer'' starring Robert Redford and Scarlett Johansson. There is such a magical feel as you walk through the black locust trees and take in the incredible views of the 200+ feet of Battenkill River frontage. An unprecedented number of historic details remain including the original period Dutch-style front door, window sashes, doors with Norfolk hinges and 4 fireplaces w/ original mantels. Needs TLC but has an incredible amount of potential to make this special home your own!
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Abbey McCormick, Keller Williams Capital Dist :: (518) 591-4600

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Komiza
Supporter
9 days ago

So much charm and history in this house.

Kat
9 days ago

What a treat to see this one! And when we were kids we called Dutch-styled doors “Mr. Ed” doors (of course, of course).

Sashacat
9 days ago

Wow, I could just move in right now: books, art, interesting nooks, soaking tubs, a bed in the kitchen! I could even noodle around on the piano, even though I haven’t played in 40 years. This home just exudes calm & happy through the photos. Love it!

John Shiflet
Supporter
9 days ago

An art gallery, a museum, a Library, and more…Architecturally, the exterior shows a Federal era and style home (actually looks more Georgian to me) and attached to it is an 1820’s-1830’s Greek Revival style addition. I get the impression many of the changes in this house happened decades ago so I feel just enough of the flavor of the past has been retained to make it interesting.

CharlestonJohn
Reply to  John Shiflet | 6379 comments
7 days ago

Evidently the house was built in several phases with the initial section being a c.1795 combination of Federal and Georgian, The front entrance is a late Georgian design typical of 1795, while much of the trim and other details appear to be Federal. The addition was added around 1800 and then restyled around 1830 in the Greek Revival that was then the predominate architectural style in the US. Houses that stylistically evolve over time are some of the most interesting to me.

Texas
9 days ago

Pics 27 and 28…why is there a bed in the kitchen?

KarenZ
Reply to  Texas | 55 comments
9 days ago

It is! Maybe they got tired while cooking and couldn’t possibly make it more than 20 feet to take a nap!

roxxx
Reply to  Texas | 55 comments
9 days ago

Better question is why hasn’t this been done before?
For me, the answer is my house is too small to fit even a chair in the kitchen.:)

bobby white
Reply to  Texas | 55 comments
8 days ago

I don’t know the answer but doesn’t it seem just right?

Karenfryxell
Reply to  Texas | 55 comments
3 days ago

It struck me that before the era of nursing homes and hospitals, one’s sick and dying loved ones would have been at home, and it makes sense to have a bed for them in the kitchen to make caring for them convenient.

Remi
Supporter
9 days ago

Exquisite! Those mantelpieces in #18 and #19 are so lovely.

Mere
9 days ago

Oh so beautiful ❤️ But question: due to the age and high ceilings and loads of windows, wouldn’t this one be especially icy cold in the winter?

JimH
Reply to  Mere | 12 comments
9 days ago

I’d guess that it probably was before they put in all the modern radiators. (Is the one next to the toilet in #31 rusted?  🙃 )

It’s a cool house that I wish had more property. The rear additions are too suburban for me and would be worth backdating.

Barbara V
Reply to  JimH | 7581 comments
9 days ago

Those radiators were probably meant to be unobtrusive – or maybe they just wanted modern – but I’d switch them out for the big old clunky things as soon as I could afford it.

Linda
Reply to  JimH | 7581 comments
8 days ago

LOL I’m sorry I’m on a roll today. I think the rust on that radiator is due to repeated bad aim.

JimH
Reply to  Linda | 493 comments
8 days ago

That’s what it looks like although it’s probably just from condensation.

Linda
Reply to  Mere | 12 comments
8 days ago

That’s why there is a bed in the kitchen. Am I the only one that doesn’t find that odd? 😀 

roxxx
Supporter
9 days ago

Love this house

peeweebc
Supporter
9 days ago

Wow what a pretty old home. I’d love to see some historic colors, (wallpaper?) on the walls.

Linda
Supporter
8 days ago

Oh if only I had won the lottery a week or so ago.
I love the house and the setting and I sure would enjoy cooling off in that “river”.
The only thing that bothers me about the house and this is nit picking, is the stove sitting under shelves. An open flame under wooden shelves seems risky.
It’s a bit large for lil old me so I’d agree with JimH, take away the modern addition.

CvZ1200
6 days ago

I’m late to this discussion–but I love this house. The rooms seem so serene, and there’s enough original material here to keep me happy. Federal and Greek Revival come together beautifully! It’s too bad that do many of the houses that capture my imagination run to 4,000 or 5,000 square feet. That’s more house than we could ever manage.

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