Blooming Grove, N.Y. | $650,000
A converted 19th-century blacksmith shop with two bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 2.2-acre lot with a swimming pool and creek frontage
This property is in the town of Blooming Grove, in Orange County, N.Y., between the communities of Chester (less than three miles southwest) and Washingtonville (about five miles northeast). New York City is about 60 miles southeast and reachable on Metro-North Railroad’s Port Jervis train line, which stops at Salisbury Mills, about 10 minutes away. The area is agricultural and surrounded by preserved forest, although you will also find the Legoland New York resort about eight miles west of this address.
Tax records show the house dating to 1800 and operating as a blacksmith shop at least since 1888, when the proprietor not only shod horses but also forged iron machinery parts for the mills that processed rolled breakfast oats, a leading industry in the area at that time.
Size: 2,107 square feet
Price per square foot: $308
Indoors: The property has undergone several expansions, including the addition of residential space. But it still has the room that contained the original forge and is now used as a second living room with a kitchenette. The sellers, who have occupied the house since the early 1980s, updated the mechanical and electrical systems, put in central air-conditioning, landscaped the garden and added a heated pool.
Built on a hillside, the three-level house has four entrances. The main one is at the side of the building and opens to a living room with herringbone-brick flooring that remains from the time when the now-enclosed space was an open porch. A wood-burning stove sits against a fieldstone wall, next to a stone staircase with rough-hewed wood railings. The remaining wall surfaces are wood-paneled or brick.