The 1780 white clapboard house at Blueberry Hill combines the old world charm of the eighteenth century with every modern convenience. The colossal spruce that shades the front door was planted as a sapling 200 years ago when travelling peddlers gave their customers tiny trees as a bonus. The 98 acre property of open fields, woods, a pond and a trout stream has been in the same family since the early 60's. A notable former owner John H. Baker was the president of the Audubon Society. Many of the trails Baker cut throughout the property for bird watching still remain in use. Meticulous renovations of the 11 room house were completed two years ago. The wiring, heating and water systems were brought up to date. New bathrooms, and a modern kitchen were installed along with a full generator, new roof and Yankee Gutters lined with copper. On the ground floor is a family room with a fireplace, a splendid eat-in kitchen with a Wolf stove, Bosch appliances and sleek countertops The adjoining dining room, also with a fireplace, has recently restored 19th century scenic wallpaper. Off the dining room a screened in porch overlooks the swimming pool and perennial garden. Across the center hall is the 19 x 24 foot living room with a working fireplace, and the pine paneled den is a replica displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of NY. The Osborne and Little wallpaper featuring Penguin book covers in the powder room is worth mentioning. On the second floor the master suite is comprised of a large bedroom, a sitting room/office with a fireplace, a luxurious bath with double sinks, a tub, a spacious shower and a large walk in closet. A laundry, two guest rooms with a shared bath are also on the second floor. There are two more bedrooms with a shared bath on the third floor. Throughout the house are random width floors, 12 over 8 windows, some with the original glass panes, all beautifully refurbished with careful attention to detail. The present owners restored an outbuilding with a four bay garage and added a gym complete with sauna/steam shower and a sound system. Three quarters of the land is under easement with the Dutchess Land Conservancy. Thanks as well to agriculture and forestry exemptions the taxes are remarkably reasonable. Very close to Millbrook and Metro North. Additional land available. Purchase with 'The Land at Blueberry Hill' of 97.49 acres for $4,695,000.
Year Built: 1780
Est. Taxes: $18,881
Square ft.: 5660
School District: Dover Union Free
MLS Number: 350951