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Purchase A Piece Of Pound Ridge History At Bargain Price

There will be an open house on Sunday at 256 Westchester Ave. in Pound Ridge.
There will be an open house on Sunday at 256 Westchester Ave. in Pound Ridge. Photo Credit: Contributed
The home was built in 1790.
The home was built in 1790. Photo Credit: Contributed
A look at the living room.
A look at the living room. Photo Credit: Contributed
One of the bedrooms at 275 Westchester Ave. in Pound Ridge.
One of the bedrooms at 275 Westchester Ave. in Pound Ridge. Photo Credit: Contributed
The home is on the historic registry for Pound Ridge, New York and the United States.
The home is on the historic registry for Pound Ridge, New York and the United States. Photo Credit: Contributed
A look at the kitchen.
A look at the kitchen. Photo Credit: Contributed

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- The next owner of the home at 256 Westchester Ave. in Pound Ridge will be purchasing a former kindergarten, general store and a piece of history. Better yet, the price is far less than other homes in the neighborhood.

“There’s so much history in the house,’’ said Vicki Jimpson-Fludd, who has the listing for Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty and will be hosting an open house on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.. “It really gets your imagination going.”

The home is listed for $450,000 and includes four bedrooms, three baths and 2,180 square feet.

The primary selling point, however, is the home’s history. The home was the site of the first kindergarten in Pound Ridge. It was owned by the Lockwood Family, one of the founding families of Pound Ridge.

They never lived in the residence, which was built as a store in 1790. It is listed in the landmark registries in Pound Ridge, New York and the United States.

While many other homes in Pound Ridge were renovated by philanthropist Hiram Halle in the 1930s, this particular home has never been renovated, according to Jimpson-Fludd. The house may have been expanded in the 1800s, but the original portion of the house is still the home’s main living area.

“Besides the history, the attraction of this house is it’s really charming,’’ Jimpson-Fludd said. “Most of the surrounding homes are big houses with lots of land. This is totally different. It's size is probably why it has  been overlooked.”

The house is packed with historic architectural details such as wide wood-plank floors, plank doors, unadorned wooden window frames, original glass panes as well as traditional construction elements usually found only in grander houses of the period. The center staircase, for instance, is hidden behind the center hall chimney.

The basement, which in those days served as a kitchen, still has a working crane in the firebox. Rough-hewn beams can be seen overhead and the stone walls appear to be hand cut. There appears to be a gravestone -- hopefully unused - embedded in the firebox wall.

While imagining the past, one can live comfortably today. The house has been well-maintained and appliances and plumbing fixtures have been replaced. There are two antique cast iron claw-foot bathtubs.

There is also a root cellar under the garage, which in former times was used as a refrigeration system to keep vegetables fresh. Jimpson-Fludd said the room might be used as a wine cellar these days. There is also a small barn on the property.

Options abound for the home, Jimpson-Fludd said. Residents of Manhattan could use it as a weekend home. A young family will find the home attractive. Pound Ridge lovers who like being close to the town -- the Pound Ridge Museum is across the street, and the Inn at Pound Ridge is within walking distance -- could also be interested in the home. History buffs will love it as well.

“It’s a great place for someone who wants to be in Pound Ridge without it costing a lot of money,’’ Jimpson-Fludd said.

For more information, stop by the open house on Sunday or contact Fludd at 914-762-1020. Click here for the listing website.Better yet, the price is far less than other homes in the neighborhood.

“There’s so much history in the house,’’ said Vicki Jimpson-Fludd, who has the listing for Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty and will be hosting an open house on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. “It really gets your imagination going.”

The home is listed for $450,000 and includes four bedrooms, three baths and 2,180 square feet.

The primary selling point, however, is the home’s history. The home was the site of the first kindergarten in Pound Ridge. It was owned by the Lockwood Family, the founders of Pound Ridge.

They never lived in the residence, which was built as a store in 1790. It is listed on the landmark registries in Pound Ridge, New York and the United States.

While many other homes in Pound Ridge were renovated by philanthropist Hiram Halle in the 1930s, this particular home has never been renovated, according to Jimpson-Fludd. The house may have been expanded in the 1800s, but the original portion of the house is still the home’s main living area.

“Besides the history, the attraction of this house is it’s really cute,’’ Jimpson-Fludd said. “Most of the surrounding homes are big houses. This is totally different. It’s almost as if it’s overlooked.”

The house is packed with historic architectural details such as wide wood-plank floors, plank doors, unadorned wooden window frames, original glass panes as well as traditional construction elements usually found only in grander houses of the period. The center staircase, for instance, is hidden behind the center hall chimney.

The basement, which in those days served as a kitchen, still has a working crane in the firebox. Rough-hewn beams can be seen overhead and the stone walls appear to be hand cut. There appears to be a gravestone -- hopefully unused - embedded in the firebox wall.

While imagining the past, one can live comfortably today. The house has been well-maintained and appliances and plumbing fixtures have been replaced. There are two antique cast iron claw-foot bathtubs.

There is also a root cellar under the garage, which had been used as a refrigeration system to keep vegetables fresh. Jimpson-Fludd said the room might be used as a wine cellar these days. There is also a small barn on the property.

Options abound for the home, Fludd-Jimpson said. Residents of Manhattan could use it as a weekend home. A young family will find the home attractive. Pound Ridge lovers who like being close to the town -- the Pound Ridge Museum is across the street, and the Inn at Pound Ridge is within walking distance -- could also be interested in the home. History buffs will love it as well.

“It’s a great way for someone who wants to be in Pound Ridge without it costing a lot of money,’’ Jimpson-Fludd said.

For more information, stop by the open house on Sunday or contact Fludd at 914-762-1020. Click here for the listing website.

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