NEW TO MARKET IN TIVOLI, N.Y. (Northern Dutchess): A sweet c.1900 house on a quiet side street, asking 249K.  They don’t come up all that often.  For details, go here.


THE FIRST TIME I SAW TIVOLI,  I thought I had traveled back in time to the 1960s and landed in northern California.

Tivoli (pop. 1100) is impossibly cute, its main street lined with front-porch Victorians marching

down to the Hudson River. As practicalities go, the town is fairly useless. There’s no bank, drug store, supermarket, or gas station — just a good Mexican restaurant; a bakery, right, in an old house that makes wonderful scones and baguettes; and a couple of art galleries and antiquarian bookstores.

In the 19th century, Tivoli was a transportation hub; it had a ferry landing and a railroad station. Now it has neither. Three miles off Route 9, it’s a definite detour, and that’s as it should be.

The chi-chi Madalin Hotel and Madalin’s Table, below, opened in 2006, but Tivoli just goes its low-key, hippie throwback way.

Madalin Hotel and Madalin's Table restaurant