Eleanor Roosevelt’s childhood home in the Hudson Valley lists for $960K

Eleanor Roosevelt’s childhood home in the Hudson Valley lists for $960K

June 1, 2020

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.

When it was originally constructed, the gatehouse matched the French Second Empire-style of the main estate, but a renovation in 2000 doubled its size and added many touches by local and European artisans that lend a whimsical feel.

Sitting on nearly three acres, the home is 2,000 square feet and has three bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms.

Outside, there’s a gunite pool, a deck, a large patio, fountain, shed, and gazebo.

Inside, you’ll find exposed brick walls, antique lighting, and plenty of period furnishings.

The kitchen boasts appliances from Viking and Bosch, as well as a Tulikivi French soapstone bake oven and a wood stove. There are also architectural details like arched stained-glass windows and beamed peaked ceilings.

The adjacent dining area is surrounded by windows and another beautiful piece of stained glass.

The second-floor bedrooms have cozy nooks thanks to the home’s gables and dormer windows.

The bathroom is full of Victorian elements, from the old-fashioned, high-tank toilet to the claw-foot tub.

There’s also another tiny bathroom.

[Listing: 794 Woods Road by Norm Fasquel Mackay of Houlihan Lawrence]


Listing images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

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