Marrying the historic and the modern can be a difficult task, but we think it works well in this five-bedroom, four-bath home in Rhinebeck, New York, about two hours north of Manhattan. Originally built in 1875, the regal exterior’s elaborate decorative trim is picture perfect covered in snow, looking a bit like an ornate dollhouse.
Inside, the kitsch of some Victorian homes has been replaced in favor of modern conveniences, yet period features abound. High ceilings, original plaster moldings, ornate medallions, and carved marble fireplaces create an airy and sophisticated ambiance. The main living areas boast tall windows, arched doorways, and pocket doors in well-proportioned spaces, while the kitchen is a modern masterpiece with a Thermador range, granite counters, and center island.
A spacious second-floor master suite has a separate sitting room and a bathroom with a sleek glass-front gas fireplace. Other perks of the 4,816-square-foot house include an additional guest suite with its own entrance, a laundry room, and a detached garage.
On the market for an updated Victorian? 46 Livingston Street is available now for $1.595,000.