Perched on an ivy-covered rocky outcropping in Historic Park Hill, this 1910 shingle style home has all the earmarks of the Arts and Crafts era with deep eaves, exposed rafter tails, massive stone chimneys, and bold stone pillars on the porch that spans the entire front of the house. This style of home often features an open floor plan, natural materials like stone and wood, and airy, light-filled rooms that encourage interaction with the outdoors. Interior and exterior spaces are full of heart and harmony, a holistic reflection of the ideals of that era in architecture...and this home at 17 Rockland Avenue is no exception. You feel the heart and harmony from the moment you walk in.As you enter the living and dining rooms, you are immediately awed by the amazing oak woodwork...broad Mission-style entry door, beamed ceilings, expansive built-in window seats, original diamond-muntin windows, French doors, built-in corner cabinet, gleaming wood floors, pocket doors.and the beautiful stone fireplaces.A first floor sunroom makes a great cozy den or private home office with its own door out to the side. The kitchen is spacious (over 300 sq ft)...great space, a blank canvas...and has plenty of room for an island or adjoining eating area and also includes a convenient first-floor laundry area.On the second floor, there is a master bedroom with its own screened sleeping porch up in the treetops and an adjoining bedroom (would make perfect master suite!). The other two bedrooms have access to the widow's walk rooftop porch across the front of the house. All the bedrooms have exposure on two sides and are light and airy. The hall bath has been renovated in black-and-white, classic and timeless. On the third floor, there are two finished storage rooms that provide a little extra space.The level backyard is quiet and peaceful along with two terraces on the south side of the house. This property happens to look out over two neighboring garden lots, one to the south and one to the east. While the neighbors tend to their extensive gardens, the owners of this home get to appreciate the beautiful open cultivated space rather than looking at just another neighboring house. The beautifully simple, functional, and hand-hewn look of this traditional Arts and Crafts home appealed to many in the early 1900's and is still very desirable today. Meticulously and lovingly maintained by same family for nearly 50 years, it is rare to find a house with so much historical detail in this price range. Taxes under $10,000 with STAR exemption.This property does not have a driveway or garage but there's plenty of street parking right in front of the house. Great location with close access to parkways (east to the shore or north to the mountains) and a brief 25 minutes to midtown Manhattan via Metro North or 10 minutes to NYC subway. A few short blocks to Park Hill Swim/Racquet/Social Club. Call Jane at 914.262.8836 for more information or to schedule a private showing.
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