The Old Dutch of 1731
Chatham Center, New York
Not too long after Henry sailed up the Hudson the Dutch settlers on Manhattan decided that city life was too hectic and they needed a place to get away on the weekends. Following Henry's lead and enticed by his fantastic descriptions, they migrated north, but not more than a fortnight, or todays equivalent of under three hours. Being industrious sorts they laid foundations and brick. Being mindful of their spirituality they made their homes bright and airy, full of inner merriment. Throughout this masterpiece you'll find some very old floors in wonderful shape with patina that didn't come from a tanning booth. Hardware is period, the fireplaces fully restored and operational. The glass is hand-blown in the windows. The great room is vaulted and full of windows to bring in the sun. The dining room sits at the center of both the house and life. The gourmet kitchen is full of professional appliance, and when was the last time you got to use a working salamander? The living room is perfect for relaxing or entertaining with another fireplace. A soaking tub completes the European tiled downstairs bath.
Up the stairs three bedrooms with adorable eyebrow windows await. The master leads out to loft overlooking the great room, perfect for an office or library.
What's all the more impressive is that the Dutch did all this 45 years BEFORE the Revolution...
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