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7 best hikes near New York City

By Rebecca Fishbein, Mon, July 20, 2020

Getting out of the city during the hot summer months has never felt so necessary, with the usual ways of staying cool by exploring an air-conditioned museum or taking a dip at a city pool currently on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. For those looking to reconnect with nature (while maintaining social distance), there are a number of escapes just outside of the city offering hikes and treks ranging in levels of difficulty. Some of these are easily accessible by Metro-North; some might require a car, and some happen to be in the city itself, provided you consider Staten Island within its borders. All of them feature great views, exercise, fresh air, and the occasional tree, how novel! Ahead, discover our favorites.

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Cool Listings, Quirky Homes, Upstate

Photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

The visuals speak for themselves at this super funky upstate home in Rhinebeck. From the outside, its semi-circular shape and odd window placement read very futuristic. But inside, the home is positively prehistoric-looking, with cave-like vaulted ceilings, stone floors, and tree-branch railings. Listed for $1,195,000, the 11-acre property includes the two-bedroom home, a guest house, animal shelters, fruit orchard, and vegetable garden.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

Listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Known as the Manor House, this 18th-century Federal-style Colonial in Westchester county has just hit the market for $4,699,000. Set on 1.44 acres, it’s one of the largest parcels of land in Larchmont, and at nearly 7,000 square feet, the home is just as spacious as its perfectly manicured grounds. It has a romantic double front porch and a large rear porch, as well as eight fireplaces, six bedrooms, and tons of historic details.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

Listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

In the Westchester town of North Salem, this 1840s millhouse is a magical getaway, both indoors and out. Set on six acres, it boasts terraced gardens, stone walls, walking trails, a heated pool, guest house, and, most notably, a waterfall. Inside, the home has been renovated but retains its historic details such as elaborate moldings, barn beam framing, wide-plank floors, and brick fireplaces. And it’s just listed for $2,795,000.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upstate

Listing images courtesy of Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty

When “Real Housewives of New York” star (Countess) Luann de Lesseps bought this mid-century-modern home upstate in 2018, she said she was drawn to it when she learned that round houses are good Feng Shui. But as the Post first reported, the Countess has just listed the three-bedroom home for $1,150,000 since she’s been spending most of her time in the Hamptons instead. Located in the Ulster County town of Port Ewen, the three-bedroom home sits on nearly a full acre right on the Hudson River. It has 200 feet of private river frontage, a private dock, and mooring for a boat.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

Photos by Jump Visual

Tuxedo Park is probably best known on the surface as the place where the tuxedo got its name, but the reason that this style landed here from English nobility is that this upstate gated community was home to Gilded Age mansions and their wealthy, high-society residents. Today, most of these incredible homes remain, including this one at 84 East Lake Road. In fact, the monolithic stone lake house was built for Pierre Lorillard, heir to the Lorillard Tobacco Company and founder of Tuxedo Park. Currently listed for $4,900,000, the incredible estate sits on four-and-a-half acres and boasts a grand oval living room with 24-foot ceilings, several stone outbuildings, a floating dock, barn, carriage trails, and more.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

Photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

This enchanting Tudor home in the Westchester town of Larchmont looks like something straight out of a fairytale, from its storybook facade to incredible architectural details like beamed and vaulted ceilings, arched stained-glass windows, and tons of moody work. Located at 1 Beechtree Drive on a quiet cul-de-sac, the six-bedroom home is asking $1,599,000 (h/t CIRCA).

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upstate

Listing images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

As a child, after both her parents had passed away, Eleanor Roosevelt left her family’s New York City apartment to spend her summers at her grandparents’ Hudson Valley estate known as Oak Terrace. She even returned back to the Germantown property after high school, spending half her time there until she married FDR in 1905. According to Brownstoner, the family estate was sold off in parcels in the 1930s, one of which is the brick gatehouse that marked the entrance. Built in 1872, this charming brick structure known as the Oaklawn Gatehouse has just hit the market for $960,000.

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Architecture, Cool Listings, Upstate

The only private residence designed by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is available to rent this summer for $125,000. Located in the quiet upstate town of Ancram, the three-bedroom home is described as “liveable art” in the listing, which was first spotted by the New York Post. The modern home, designed in collaboration between the artist and Swiss firm HHF Architects, is also for sale for $5.25 million.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

Photo credit: Marc Keslow for Dawn Knief, Compass

Not only does this Westchester county home have a unique Mediterranean style, but it sits on almost a full acre with a grandfathered private tennis court, something that’s no longer allowed in this submarket. Located in the centrally located Murray Hill Estate section of Scarsdale, the home spans just under 4,000 square feet and has seven bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, and a beautiful courtyard that’ll make you think you’re in Tuscany.

See the whole place

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