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Live the Hudson Valley postcard life in this picture-perfect Victorian in Cold Spring

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Of all the towns and villages along Metro-North's Hudson Valley line, Cold Spring, New York is the loveliest, and I'm not just saying that because my grandparents live there. The 2,000-person village south of Poughkeepsie is home to lovely antique shops, gorgeous colonial architecture, and standout views of the Hudson River, and there's lots of good hiking in the surrounding area. Village highlights include the Hudson House Inn and steakhouse and the very good Riverview Restaurant for Italian. It's also a quick drive to Storm King Art Center across the Hudson, and the popular Breakneck Ridge trails, located between Cold Spring and Beacon.

Cold Spring's charm and proximity to New York City has made it attractive to New Yorkers in search of rural flavor, which means the town tends to get inundated with day travelers on summer weekends, and some of the older mom and pop shops have been replaced with "apothecaries" and other trendy fare. Still, the local real estate market seems to be going through a downturn, which is good news for folks looking to buy a country getaway.

This four-bedroom, three-bath Victorian is just down the road from the center of town and only an eight-minute drive from my grandparents, should you care to use their pool. Still, it's not exactly a bargain, at a listing price of $949,000.

The house was built in 1881. You enter into an elegant front parlor with French doors.

The light-filled family room includes a wood-burning fireplace.

From the family room, a pillared entryway leads into the dining room. It has some nice bay windows.

The kitchen is outfitted with copper sinks and beautiful, ivory-painted wood cabinets. There's also a little breakfast nook.

There are two bedrooms on each of the two upper floors.

The bedrooms on the top floor look a little smaller, but would work well as children's or guest rooms.

Each floor also has its own bathroom. The second-floor bathroom features a steam shower.

The other upstairs bathroom has a claw-foot tub.

Downstairs, French doors lead to a deck and a big yard.

There's space on the property to install a pool, which I can attest is nice in the summer.

Cold Spring is a little over an hour's drive from Manhattan, or a one hour and fifteen minute train ride out of Grand Central Terminal on Metro-North's Hudson line.