When the current owners of this 18th century Dutch saltbox bought the home in 1986 they were only the second family ever to own it after the original builders and their ancestors. But they did make one little change–they moved it to a nearby piece of property. At the current location, they completely restored the 1747 Dutch vernacular-style main house, known as the Hall Christy House, and rebuilt the existing ca. 1750 Dutch gambrel home, called the Skidmore House, turning it into a garage and guest house.
In addition to restoring and preserving the two beautiful historic structures, the owners also added to the 5.3-acre property impeccable landscaping, a lily pond, herb and vegetable gardens, a brick courtyard, a charming gazebo and a free-form pool resembling a natural lagoon. And now that they’ve completed all this hard work, you can own the stunning Hudson Valley property for $1,495,000.
The Hall Christy House was built by Peter John Hall, an early Hudson Valley settler and a Quaker. Originally it was a single-room home built in the Dutch H-bent tradition, but in 1760 Hall put on an addition. One of Hall’s granddaughters, Ruth Christy, took the house over from her father in the early 19th century, earning the home its current name. It stayed in the Christy family until the 1940s, at which time it sat vacant until the current owners purchased it in the ’80s.
Inside, the owners restored the original paneling, oak floors, aged beams, vintage window glass with the family initials etched in, original Hudson Valley paint, Dutch tiles, and original hardware.
The Skidmore House is now a garage and potting shed on the first floor and a guest suite and office on the second. In both houses, the owners have collected original family documents and furniture, which adorn the homes.
Though we love the perfectly preserved interiors, we really can’t help being partial to the amazing outdoor space at the Hall Christy House. It’s been featured on many garden tours, and we can certainly see why.
Photos via Douglas Elliman
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