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An Irvington house in the woods, for $799,999

This three-bedroom, three-bath property has beamed ceilings and lots of green space.

Elizabeth Obih-Frank

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The village of Irvington, New York, is an affluent section of Westchester between Dobb's Ferry and Tarrytown. The village is named in honor of "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" author Washington Irving, who owned a magnificent property, Sunnyside, in nearby Tarrytown, where he died in 1859. The house is a National Landmark and museum, and is open for tours

Washington Irving's ghost isn't Irvington's only draw. The village, which sits along the Hudson River, is home to a number of lovely restaurants and cafés, in addition to charming boutiques and mom & pop shops. For folks looking for outdoor escapes, a section of the Old Croton Aqueduct runs through Irvington, and makes for a great hiking trail.

Irvington is expensive—the median listing price, according to Zillow, is a hefty $1,150,000. But you can find deals in the slightly lower-priced East Irvington, which is still just a five-minute drive from the village's center. Consider, for instance, this three-bedroom, three-bath ranch house at 25 Mallard Rise, now on the market for $799,999.

The house, which was built in 1958, has a living room lined with windows and exposed beams. There's space for dining here too.

The kitchen is outfitted with white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and contemporary light fixtures.

There's also backyard access from the kitchen.

This looks like it's the master bedroom.

And here's the master bath, with a glass-enclosed shower.

There are two more bedrooms, one of which has a killer view of the backyard and rest of the house.

And a second bath with a combination tub/shower.

On the second level, there's a family room with a fireplace.

There's also a bonus room that can be used as office space.

The third bath is also upstairs.

And an adjacent laundry room with lots of space for storage.

Outdoor space includes an upstairs balcony and an expansive stone patio.

 

There's also a lush green backyard.

The house is about an hour's drive from the city. You can also take Metro-North's Hudson Line from Grand Central to Dobb's Ferry, then take a White Plains-bound bus. That journey, short walk to the property included, also takes about an hour.