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Location: Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
The Skinny: The Hudson Valley community of Tuxedo Park, with its storied provenance (it gave name to the tuxedo) and imposing stone gates, seems like an unlikely place to search for a first home. Lakefront mansions go for over $4M and the childhood castle of legendary decorator Dorothy Draper is currently listed for $3M. Still, although it's within commuting distance of NYC, has its own private school, a golf club, and a host of blue-blood racquet sports, there are still affordable options for young Manhattanites fleeing the city for the first time. This $595K white-shingled cottage lists four bedrooms and three baths spread over 2,400 square feet. Within walking distance of the Tuxedo Club, the 1924 house has been tastefully renovated, with hardwood floors and a modernized kitchen.
· 222 Continental Road [Zillow]
· A Lakefront Mansion in the Storied Old-World Outpost of Tuxedo [Curbed National]
· Dorothy Draper's Parents' French Norman-style Stone Manor [Curbed National]