Escape pick of the week

This house in Beacon could be just the thing for someone who works from home

By Lucy Cohen Blatter | August 25, 2017 - 1:00PM 

For New York City dwellers who dream of living in a Hudson Valley town that's close enough to the city to make occasional commuting possible, but far enough away to actually feel somewhat relaxing and quaint, the Dutchess County town of Beacon is an obvious choice. With a shop-lined main street, contemporary art at the Dia: Beacon, and the spirit of Pete Seeger in the air, Beacon has that small-town charm you can't find in the five boroughs. It's also very affordable, relative to what New Yorkers are used to paying.

This $369,000 two-bedroom, two bath house clocks in at "just" 1,675 square feet, which comes out to about $220 per square foot. The average price per square foot for a single-family home in Brooklyn is about double that, and in Queens it's about $160 more per square foot. The house was built in 1920, but looks to have been recently renovated, with recessed lighting, stainless appliances and modern but cozy looking window seats in the living room.

According to the listing, the house's roof and mechanicals were also updated in 2013.  

There's a backyard, a stone patio, and a front porch. And an unfinished basement could be turned into an additional living space, bedroom, or bathroom.

That said, the house does seem to be slightly on the pricey side compared to others in the area, which according to Trulia usually go for about $60,000-$100,000 less. What that tells us is that there may be a little wiggle room when negotiating the price. And for those who do want to commute into the city every once in a while, it's totally doable—a Metro-North express train takes about an hour and 15 minutes to travel the 60-odd miles to Grand Central. Given  the Metro-North's relative reliability and this summer's worsening subway woes, that may be a shorter trip to Midtown than some parts of the outer boroughs.




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