You can't escape winter without leaving the Northeast, but if you're going to suffer through bomb cyclones and polar vortexes, Hudson, New York is one of the loveliest spots to sit it out. Located about a two-and-a-half hour drive from the city along the east bank of the Hudson River, the quirky 6,700-population city has a slew of galleries dotting main drag Warren Street thanks to its burgeoning young arts scene. It also has great restaurants, beautiful architecture, hip hotels, plenty of antiquing options, and a great view of the river (of course).
If that sounds appealing, consider this elegant Victorian house located about a 10-minute walk from the strip, now on the market for $399,000.
Built in 1900, the house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a curved staircase, a living room, and a formal dining room. The living area has a marble wood-burning fireplace, and though the walls are currently pea-green, you can paint them whatever color you choose.
The dining room is lovely and bright, with bay windows.
The kitchen has modern appliances and leads into a pantry that doubles as a laundry room.
The bedrooms are large, light-filled, and rather homey.
There's a sweet little back patio for when the weather isn't evil.
And an above-ground pool with a deck around it!
As a bonus, the owners will consider leaving the new residents their furniture, lawnmower and snowblower, the latter of which would certainly come in handy at times like these.
To get to Hudson, you can make the aforementioned drive from the city, or you can take a two-hour Amtrak train right to town, where you'll be greeted by a cute old-timey train station.
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