Market Watch: Historic Irvington Victorian Exudes Charm And Character

Detailed restoration plus modern amenities makes a winning combination.


19 N Cottenet St, Irvington

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The listing description for this historic Victorian as a “hidden village gem” couldn’t be more perfect. Built in 1843 to the design of Hudson River horticulturalist and architect Andrew Jackson Downing, “Airdrie Cottage,” as its known, has been fully restored with its unique architectural charm completely intact, including the original exterior trim and lacework, spacious wraparound porch, and countless interior details like parquet and wide-plank hardwood flooring and intricate woodwork. The perfect pairing makes it possible to enjoy both its distinctive period charm along with all the welcome benefits of high-end modern amenities—from the fully appointed gourmet kitchen to its comfortable central air conditioning. The home’s positioning—set back as the last property on a quiet cul-de-sac—delivers a blissful privacy that feels worlds away from Irvington’s Main Street that’s a mere one-block distance.

“I absolutely love the wraparound front porch,” says Iris Greenberg, homeowner and listing agent. “It’s our outdoor living room where we can sit and watch the sunset. I also love the privacy. And the location. We’re in the middle of town, but you’d never know it. I can walk to town, go to stores, get my nails done, or take the train without ever taking my car out.”

There’s still more to love in the rear landscaped grounds, including a 20-foot by 40-foot natural quartz salt-water heated pool with a stone surround. The Greenbergs may be moving from their beloved Cottenet home, but they won’t be going far. As Greenberg notes, “I love Westchester and I love the river towns.”

4 bedrooms | 4 baths | 3,500 square feet | $1,999,000

Iris Greenberg
Houlihan Lawrence
(914) 806-6721;

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