Building That Houses Homespun About To Change Hands - 232 Main Street

Photo Credit: Gate House Realty

Photo Credit: Gate House Realty

Every now and then, sometimes on a Sunday and now in our Friday newsletter, we feature a listing from A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide. This weekend’s feature is 232 Main Street, and upon looking at the photo, we immediately thought: “Hey! That’s our friend Homespun’s building!” Also in the building: the folks who live in the apartments upstairs (which look very cute and one seems to be available).

When a building goes up for sale, anything can happen. So we reached out to Homespun’s owner, Jessica Reisman, to inquire if she knew about any next steps. Essentially - is Homespun going anywhere? Will the deep-dish french toast and homemade soups still be within walking distance? “Homespun is definitely here to stay (almost 13 years old now!)” Jessica responded. “We are hoping that whoever buys the building will give us a good long lease!”

Well, that’s good news! Being that the listing is with Gate House Realty, an advertiser here at A Little Beacon Blog and the reason 232 Main Street is in our Real Estate Guide, we reached out to Charlotte for any inside scoop she could release. “There is an accepted offer, and the new buyer would like to see her stay, so hopefully Homespun will be around for a long time.” Anything can happen in real estate, so we’ll think good thoughts and wait ‘til the end, or rather, the new beginning.

And keep it tuned to A Little Beacon Blog, refreshing often to see real estate opportunities like this if you have been looking for a great building to invest in with great businesses and tenants already there. There are more houses, apartments, and sometimes storefronts that get featured in our listings. This fixer-upper with the vintage kitchen is still available…

Sunday Home Searching: Easy Train Commuting Townhouse - 3 Bedroom

Doing a little Sunday driving to get to know other areas of Beacon? Gate House Realty has all sorts of fresh featured listings in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Listing Guide. Remember that vintage kitchen in Glenham? That home is still available. (Simply tap Directories above, then hit Real Estate Listing Guide - it’s the red one.)

This townhouse on West Main (down by the train station and Hudson River) looks to be in great shape for $310,000, with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. Looking for move-in ready? This could be for you.

From Gate House Realty: “Newly renovated 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 1,200-square-foot townhouse. New kitchen with granite countertops and appliances, updated bathrooms, new wood flooring, tile and carpet. Deck off of the master bedroom, Hudson River views, bluestone patio, and outdoor shed.”

Bluestone patio? Sounds nice. Call Gate House to check it out: (845) 831-9550. Gate House Realty is a sponsor in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide, and we thank them for their support! And readers, thank you for supporting businesses who support us.

Interested in listing your house, apartment, storefront, building or other? Tap the Advertising tab above and hit Media Kit. See the Real Estate section, and we look forward to showcasing your pics! We love vicariously house-shopping and storefront-dreaming through others.

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Holiday Present To Yourself: 119 Howland Avenue

Just because this InstaStory photo turned out so cute, we’re bringing it up to the blog! 

Why not give a house as a holiday present to yourself? This home at 119 Howland Avenue is in a charming area of Beacon, giving you real mountain-side living. This side of town is very hilly, so even driving around on the back-roads will debut new views for you. If you like getting lost exploring, that’s totally possible here. 

See all of the pictures and pricing in the full listing here in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Listing. 

This house is represented by JonCar Realty, and we thank them for their support! Call them for a showing: (845) 831-3331. 

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Where Is This House? 119 Howland Avenue Is Near Bob's Corner Store and Mount Beacon

119 Howland Avenue, currently for sale from JonCar Realty, as listed in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide.  Photo Credit: JonCar Realty

119 Howland Avenue, currently for sale from JonCar Realty, as listed in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide.
Photo Credit: JonCar Realty

When you look at home listings on websites, you see the address, but you don’t always know exactly where it is. A property might be right next to somewhere you have been to or driven by countless times - even on a daily basis!

Such is the case with 119 Howland Avenue, a house that is for sale from JonCar Realty and listed in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide. So where is this house? We jumped into the car to drive there to find out. But not before we dug down to find out how old it was! And here is what we discovered…

First, you drive down Route 9D toward Mount Beacon. You drive past the Elks Lodge, towards Scenic Hudson’s redesigned and expanded parking lot at the entrance to Mount Beacon.

Drive down Route 9D/Wolcott Avenue towards Mount Beacon to get to Howland Avenue.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Drive down Route 9D/Wolcott Avenue towards Mount Beacon to get to Howland Avenue.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Right as you pass the older apartment building designed in a Spanish adobe style, and just as you think about ordering a grilled cheese from Bob’s Corner Store, you turn left down… Howland Avenue!

Howland Avenue is a quick turn off of 9D, and is an artery road toward several communities at the base of Mount Beacon.

Howland Avenue intersection with Route 9D/Wolcott Avenue.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Howland Avenue intersection with Route 9D/Wolcott Avenue.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The house that is for sale, 119 Howland Avenue, will be on your left, across from wide open land which during the fall, presents a stunning view of peak fall foliage.

119 Howland Avenue in the fall.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

119 Howland Avenue in the fall.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

View from across the street of 119 Howland Avenue during the fall foliage.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

View from across the street of 119 Howland Avenue during the fall foliage.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Now that you know where 119 Howland Avenue is, you can check out the inside of the house via all of the pictures we have! See the new open kitchen, the renovated original details of the house, the gorgeous bathrooms (so many bathrooms), the balcony and porches, and the fireplaces. Call JonCar Realty to see it, and chime in back here if you make it yours!

The Land Surveyor With The 1867 Atlas Tattoo of (Pre)Beacon (When Named Fishkill Landing and Matteawan)

Maps in this photo are from the David Rumsey collection, and the house in the woods is from an old postcard from the Beacon Historical Society’s collection. As of this writing, we have not confirmed where that house is. The tattoo pictured is on the arm of Tom Cerchiara, made by Evan McGuigan at Graceland Tattoo.  Photo Credit: Collage from A Little Beacon Blog

Maps in this photo are from the David Rumsey collection, and the house in the woods is from an old postcard from the Beacon Historical Society’s collection. As of this writing, we have not confirmed where that house is. The tattoo pictured is on the arm of Tom Cerchiara, made by Evan McGuigan at Graceland Tattoo.
Photo Credit: Collage from A Little Beacon Blog

When A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Guide got the listing for 119 Howland Avenue, we were immediately intrigued by the old house with the four fireplaces. Clearly it was built in a different time with its many bedrooms and bathrooms, with room for a large family or live-in nanny. It must have been from the 1800s, but when?

Who better to ask than a land surveyor? Beacon is lucky enough to have several good ones in the area. Tom Cerchiara of TEC Land Surveying is who I thought of first, as my design agency rebranded his logo and website. That rebranding project exposed me to the profession of a land surveyor, where they deeply research the histories of a property to determine boundaries, ownership rights, and much more. So I had a feeling Tom may know the origins of this house.

When I asked him, his immediate response was: “That house is on the 1867 Atlas.”

The 1867 Atlas

Photo Credit: Screenshot of the 1867 Atlas on    David Rumsey’s website    and part of his collection.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of the 1867 Atlas on David Rumsey’s website and part of his collection.

What atlas, I thought? There’s an atlas? Yes. Tom explained that years ago, detailed maps were made of regions, and each map included different properties and information on them. These have been relied upon by surveyors as they research a property and look for clues.

A man named David Rumsey, who has a deep history with technology and archives, has published several of these maps on his website, even winning awards and recognition for this contribution. You can see the 1867 one titled “Fishkill on the Hudson and Matteawan” right here (the area was actually called Fishkill Landing and Matteawan, but the atlas called it “Fishkill on the Hudson”). This is a map of what is known as Beacon now, before it was called Beacon.

Prior to being known as Beacon, the area was officially two names: “Fishkill Landing, near the Hudson River and its busy ports, which incorporated as a village in 1864; and Matteawan, an industrial hub located near the Fishkill Creek, which incorporated in 1886” as explained in this article from Diane Lapis of the Beacon Historical Society that is part of A Little Beacon Blog’s Postcards series.

The Tattoo

“The 1867 Atlas is tattooed on my arm. And that house is represented right here.” Tom pointed to a black marking on his arm.

Wait, what? Tattooed? I knew that Tom had gotten a tattoo last year by Evan McGuigan who made the tattoo at Graceland Tattoo, and I remembered that it was a map of Beacon. But at the time, that’s all it was - a map of Beacon. Now that I’d gone on my own historical property search leading me to the 1867 Atlas of Fishkill and Matteawan, this all became more curious.

The Previous Owner of 119 Howland Avenue From 1867

Back at the computer, Tom zoomed in on the map, and saw that the property was attributed to Frank B. Goodrich, a well-known writer. According to an article at Lehigh University, Frank lost his eyesight, preventing him from earning a living, and retired to a country home (now known as 119 Howland Avenue) in the Hudson Valley.

 

Excerpted from the Lehigh University article:

Frank Goodrich was born in Hartford, CT, to Mary Boott Goodrich and Samuel Griswold Goodrich, the popular author of the "Peter Parley" tales of geography and adventure. After graduating from Harvard in 1845, Goodrich moved to Paris when his father was chosen as the United States consul. Goodrich’s literary career began there when, under the pseudonym of "Dick Tinto," he wrote letters to the New York Times about Paris and its government (J. Derby 123). These letters, which his obituary describes as “remarkable for their perception of character, correct judgment of events, and sagacity in political prediction,” were collectively published as Tricolored Sketches of Paris. Goodrich’s most well known works include The Court of Napoleon, Man upon the Sea, The Tribute Book, and Women of Beauty and Heroism (The Goodrich Family in America)…

After his eyesight failed him, preventing him from earning a living, Goodrich went abroad for several years before seeking his retirement at a country house on the Hudson. He spent his later years in New York City, retaining a lively interest in politics but living a quiet life due to his eyesight.

 
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Here is a picture of the house and what it looks like now. It is currently for sale, and you can see more pictures here.

Moving To Beacon In The Winter

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It’s a really good time to move to Beacon. I mean, it’s always a good time to move to Beacon, people have done it time and again no matter what the month. But now is good because the market has opened up a bit. Earlier this year, fewer houses were on the market, and now there are quite a few. More and more people are getting involved with city regulations and how taxes work, so there is a revived look at how our taxes are calculated. Like the Assessment Rate or the city’s Sales Tax that currently goes to Dutchess County to be managed (this decision up for renewal in 2024, so look for fresh debate).

Renovations around town keep rolling, either by the new homeowners or by flippers, so pretty much anywhere you look in Beacon, a house is getting a makeover. And then there are the apartments that are going to be finished soon. There are a lot of options (and emotional adjustments, for those of us not expecting to see so many new buildings go up, but that’s a different blog post, and one that I personally have faith will work out as different voices contribute at City Council, Zoning and Planning Board meetings to have their view heard).

When we moved to Beacon from NYC, it was during the time of President Obama when he lifted the tax penalty on draining your IRA for anything but retirement. He made it tax penalty-free to use your IRA to buy a home. We kicked our apartment/house search into high gear so that we could use the tax advantage, and visited a lot of NYC apartments, then tested other train towns, and dug our heels into Beacon.

We visited all sorts of houses in Beacon, mostly with scary basements and no closets. After touring one house that had been on the market for 4 days and had the B-Dry system, which was a $10K investment that made the basement dry, we made our offer. While the sellers considered it, we stumbled hungrily into Poppy’s, which is now MOD, for a much-needed burger to process what was about to happen.

Night Moving

The night we moved - because it was nighttime after the movers packed all of our boxes that day in NYC; otherwise we would have been buried in boxes in our tiny apartment - we drove up to Beacon in the moving truck.

My most happy time was sitting in the front seat of the moving truck, driving past the wide open spaces on 9D that were actually Garrison homes with large, rolling fields for yards. Those blended into Cold Spring, which disappeared into the tunnel of Breakneck Ridge, until we got to the other side of the ridge and the stars emerged in the sky again.

It was just so black. The sky. The air. And open. When we pulled up to our house, we got out of the truck and fumbled for our new keys to the house. The air was cold and crisp. On the sidewalk across the street from our house, on the other side of a chain-link fence, I heard rustling. My dog was still alive then, so I was used to perking my ears up to hear if outside sounds were human or raccoon. Human. I’d later learn it was my neighbor, who happened to be letting out their dog at that hour, and happens to know everything that is going on at all times. (This is why dog-walking is useful!)

Front Porches

As the movers moved in, my dog was investigating our new front yard within our own new-for-us old chain-link fence, as I stood on the front porch. Again the sky was black with stars. The black enveloped me. The artist Stanley Lindwasser just described it perfectly at his art opening - the openness that is density. That’s what he loves about his new home here in Beacon after moving here from Hoboken, N.J.: the density. And that’s what I loved. I never wanted to lose that feeling of being enveloped by the dark on my front porch, seeing the stars, and feeling so lucky that this space would be what grounded us.

The Great Blizzard of 2010

A few days later, The Great Blizzard of 2010 hit, and we lost power for three days. We are not campers in the wilderness. In our adulting lives, we grew up in NYC with supers who fixed our kitchen sinks or hung things. We didn’t know how to light our gas stove in the event of a power outage. The next day, our new neighbors, the ones with the late-night dog walking, invited us over for a warm meal and a kerosene heater. They bickered about using the kerosene heater for a bit while I silently prayed they would decide to keep using it because it was just so warm. They also told us how to light the gas stove. Game changer.

So that’s when we fell in love with Beacon. In the winter. While the power was out. It brought us together with our neighbors, and introduced us to the concept of community, something which New York City has in a different way, but not the same way that a small city-town can produce.

What is your moving-in or moving-back story? Or if you moved here 20 or 50 years ago, share that story too!

You Could Buy This Building With 2 Storefronts & 3 Apartments In Newburgh... For $389,900

If you were walking around Beacon this weekend, you may have been gazing at real estate listings taped to realtors’ windows on Main Street, and thought to yourself: “Gosh, I wish I could own something in Beacon. I wish I could buy one of these buildings.” But they are all going for $1 million, and you’re thinking: “Gosh, I really wish I could pay less, and have money left over for renovations or to hit the ground running with making it awesome.”

Your answer may be in Newburgh. Specifically at 321 Liberty Street. It’s a property that isn’t going to be listed for long. It’s going Off Market for the winter. Unlike a snowbird, it’s going to sit there until someone chirps up in the spring.

Buildings on Liberty Street in Newburgh - Kind Of Like Main Street, Beacon

Liberty Street is a pretty happening street in Newburgh. Just follow the blog Newburgh Restoration and you’ll see. Well, parts of Liberty that is. And 321 Liberty is north of this area, but close enough to be connected soon as new businesses set up shop on Liberty Street.

New businesses south of it include the cafe Blacc Vanilla and Cafe Macchiato (has changed hands a few times over the years and has a new dinner menu!), and the new bakery Newburgh Flour Shop (beware of their Instagram, you may drive over the bridge just for one pecan pie). Then there’s the Shred Foundation in Newburgh (working to introduce the youth in local rural and urban areas to snowboarding).

If you’re curious about owning and renovating buildings in Newburgh, talk to some of the current-day pioneers. Go into Newburgh Brewery and ask them all about it, and their involvement with the larger Newburgh community. Dine at Ms. Fairfax and ask for Phillip and Ellen. They can tell you about commercial and residential renovations, and their views on where the different neighborhoods are headed.

Newburgh Still In Come-Back Stages - Know Your Agent

Newburgh is very diverse with people, buildings, empty buildings, renovated buildings, abandoned buildings, beautiful homes, beautifully decaying homes, and beautifully renovated homes.

It’s quite a canvas over there. And this building probably needs work. The agent for this listing, Sarah Beckham Hooff, is up to her elbows in Newburgh, having renovated a building herself, which is what got her hooked on real estate and being involved in the community. She is a wealth of information for what is going on now, and can point you in the right direction for getting to know Newburgh better. Plus, this building at 321 Liberty Street is in a newly established area, granting tax breaks for capital gains, called an Opportunity Zone (learn more about that here).

This is your chance to participate in the revitalization of a once-thriving area of the country, centuries ago when it was Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War, as well as a shipping resource, before urban changes routed traffic out of there, leaving it to spiral downward. But it’s on a climb back up. Refresh or start your Newburgh history here.

The ReAttached Team at Hanson Real Estate Partners Showcases the Creative Opportunities in Newburgh

Many thanks to ReAttached Team at Hanson Real Estate Partners, who have joined A Little Beacon Blog's Real Estate Guide as sponsors to show you a selection of their retail and commercial properties in Newburgh. If you were at Newburgh OPEN Studios this month, you may have experienced the buzzing energy over there - and gotten a creative itch to dig in. There's even a home for sale - a "TLC Heartthrob" on Beacon Street - in Newburgh! Check them out!

The ReAttached Team at Hanson Real Estate Partners invests in America’s livable urban spaces. They help creative and motivated individuals define their ideal lifestyle, and understand how owning or leasing real estate in Newburgh, New York, can accelerate people’s personal, professional and financial growth. See all of the ReAttached listings and call them for tours!

Sarah Beckham Hooff founded the ReAttached Team at Hanson Real Estate Partners after living abroad for 10-plus years, working as an environmental scientist, grant writer, social activist and performer. Three weeks after she discovered Newburgh, NY, she packed up and relocated. Shortly after landing, she founded a performance and recording studio in what was then an abandoned hair salon.

Inspired by other creatives’ interest in rediscovering and reinventing “downtown" American living, she founded a trilingual (Spanish, Russian, English) real estate sales team to support creative investors who think like homeowners, and motivated homeowners who think like investors. In 2018, Laura Suárez joined the Team as a licensed real estate agent, to facilitate transactions with Spanish-speaking clients.

New Listing - In Newburgh! This Multi-or-Single Family Home for $159,000

Our first listing in Newburgh! Realtor Sarah Beckham Hooff reached out to us to share some very creative listings. For the past few years, people and businesses have been relocating to Newburgh after finding commercial or residential properties to fix up. This multi-or-single family home is $159,900 and has lots of original detail to play with, like tin ceilings.

Pictures and Our Favorite Parts >

New Sidewalks for Blackburn Avenue Near Ron's Ice Cream

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The road leading into town from Ron's Ice Cream near Memorial Park is about to get a new sidewalk on one side, thanks to a federal grant awarded to Dutchess County, as first reported by the Highlands Current.

According to the article, Beacon received $170,728 to build a new sidewalk along the southeastern side of Blackburn Avenue from Herbert Street to Fishkill Avenue. This side of the street currently has no sidewalk at all, making it unsafe to walk down after getting ice cream or after a trip to the park.

This fall, walking around Beacon is getting a little easier and smoother. Other sidewalks are getting constructed, like the one on the way to South Avenue Elementary School.

Updates Made to Development Guide: Pictures of 21 South Avenue and West End Lofts

A few minor updates were made to the Development Guide here at A Little Beacon Blog. This is our way of helping to put faces to the buildings that are going up or being rehabilitated or discussed around town.

The house pictured above on the left is 21 South Avenue. A public hearing for it is scheduled, regarding its request for a Special Use Permit (SUP) to rehabilitate. The picture on the right is a portion of the new apartment buildings going up on Wolcott Avenue (Route 9D) near the municipal building and police station.

South Avenue Sidewalks By Elementary School To Get Reconstructed

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Kids are about to get an easier commute to South Avenue School as the crumbling slate sidewalks are set to get reconstructed by the City of Beacon. Not even a rugged three-wheel jogging stroller can make it down these sidewalks without threatening to tip over. "The intention is to go from Main Street to the school," said Beacon's City Administrator, Anthony J. Ruggiero. A timeline has not been set in stone (pun intended), but a contractor has been hired.

Usually homeowners pay privately to have their sidewalks done. But not in this case. "This is a traveled area to the school. It was viewed as safety for the kids," said Anthony when we reached out to inquire about specifics on the financing. "We received some funding from Dutchess County. There is no cost to homeowners, however, they are responsible for maintenance and upkeep."

So - yay!

Updates Made to Development Guide: 248 Tioronda Avenue and 45 Beekman Street

Photo Credit: Screenshot of the proposed site plan from the  8/13/2018 City Council Workshop Meeting .

Photo Credit: Screenshot of the proposed site plan from the 8/13/2018 City Council Workshop Meeting.

A Little Beacon Blog's Development Guide was updated to include the new vision and direction for the prospective apartments at 248 Tioronda Avenue, which is down near the mountain, just off Main Street, past the silos (think: the Wares Shop), and down a 12' hill near Fishkill Creek. Originally this was to be residential apartments, but now it must include commercial space as well.

A zoning law passed in the spring of 2018 took into account "steep slopes" and other "non-buildable" land, changing the mathematical formula used by developers and the City to determine how many apartment units can fit in a project. In the case of 248 Tioronda, the number of apartment units was reduced from 100 to 64. The spring ruling also impacted the Edgewater project (you can read about that in the Highlands Current), which is near Tompkins Terrace and overlooks Riverfront Park and the MTA train. That project had to reduce its number of apartments, which started at 307, but is now a lower number. The footprint of the seven proposed buildings did not change, but the apartment sizes did increase.

Application Opportunity: Home Repair and Renovation Programs from Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

Photo Credit:  Rebuilding Together's  website.

Photo Credit: Rebuilding Together's website.

Homeowners who live in their homes (aka owner-occupied homes) in Dutchess County and who meet certain income requirements have the opportunity to apply for home repair and renovation projects from Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC). The deadline is Sunday, September 30, 2018 to be considered for 2019 Rebuilding Day Programs, so act fast! After applications are evaluated, decisions will be made after February 2019.

Making homes "warm, safe, dry and independent" are the main goals of the program. If you meet certain requirements and are considered for participation in the program, a staff member or volunteer from RTDC will come to your home to discuss the program with you and evaluate the repairs needed. That's just one step of the qualification process, however, and doesn't mean that you've been awarded the repairs.

You can find the application online here. We've screenshotted the income limits from the application to make those easy to see as well, as you consider the program. Good luck!

Photo Credit: Screenshot taken from the RTDC online application

Photo Credit: Screenshot taken from the RTDC online application

Where Is This House? 49 Lamplight Street

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Part of the fun of putting together A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Listing Guide is getting acquainted with new areas of town! Like this house at 49 Lamplight Street - it's surrounded by acres of nature, yet is in Beacon’s South Avenue Elementary School District. Where is this, we wondered?

So we took a drive and found it! It’s down the street heralded by that Revolutionary War man off Route 9D. Just take a left as you head north towards the Renegades' Stadium, and you'll see the house next to the huge building that was home to two short-lived restaurants (and is currently for sale again... remember Mary Kelly’s and the other one?).

From the looks of the sign in this picture, we missed the memo about Revolutionary War Day on August 12 down on the Verplanck Homestead! Well, now you have two reasons to explore this area.

This listing is presented by Claire Browne at Gate House Realty, and she can show you even more! Gate House Realty and Claire Browne are proud sponsors of A Little Beacon Blog, and we thank you for supporting business who support us!

Details and pictures are in the Real Estate 🏡 Listing Guide here.