Hudson River Victorian 399K


Get your turret and wraparound porch right here!

I IDENTIFIED IMMEDIATELY with Phyllis of Reclaimed Home when I first read her blog (subtitle: Low Impact Housing and Renovation Options for Thrifty New Yorkers). She and her husband are serial renovators; they’ve bounced back and forth between Brooklyn (first Park Slope, now Bed-Stuy) and the Hudson Valley (Kingston first, more recently Beacon) for years. She’s also a real estate broker and funny as hell.


Phyllis and her husband are about to bounce again, back to the city full-time, and have just put their outrageous c. 1900 Queen Anne house in Beacon, N.Y. (best known as home of Dia:Beacon, the contemporary art museum) on the market.


It’s 4BR on 1/4 acre and loaded with period detail: fabulous woodwork and staircase, vintage hardwood floors throughout, wavy glass windows, ornate antique radiators, fireplace mantel, old school bathtubs, original plaster, and lots of colorful Bradbury wallpaper. Not to mention upgraded mechanicals and a pretty backyard.


Go here and let Phyllis tell you all about it, give you the run-down on living in Beacon, and show you lots more pictures.


The official listing is here.

BROWNSTONE VOYEUR: Collecting Local Art in Clinton Hill

BROWNSTONE VOYEUR is a joint project of casaCARA and Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn. The series, which has been a regular Thursday feature on both sites, is going on hiatus for the summer. This is the last installment of the season; look for it to return in the fall.

A 20-FOOT-WIDE BROWNSTONE in Clinton Hill, replete with 1870s detail — wide moldings, a flat arch opening between the front and rear parlors, a bay window at the rear — is the perhaps unlikely showcase for a locally acquired gallery of very modern paintings, and look how well it works.

The homeowners, Richard Montelione, an attorney, and Jack Esterson, an architect, enjoy browsing local fairs and shows of student work at nearby Pratt Institute to add to their collection, which they display against soft brown walls (Benjamin Moore’s Jamesboro Gold, to be exact), outlined with crisp white moldings.


On the parlor floor, above and below, furniture sources are: white sofa, Room & Board; coffee table, Gueridon; orange Ellipse chair, Modernica; Danish modern end tables, Horseman Antiques on Atlantic Avenue; TV credenza, Design Within Reach; white leather club chairs, Room & Board; round coffee table, ABC Carpet. The table lamps are Italian, from The End of History in Greenwich Village.





The dining table, below, is from Desiron and the leather chairs from Crate & Barrel.