These 3 Historical Homes Are Living History

Historic homes in Westchester represent a wide range of architectural styles, from Italianate to Gothic Revival, some so significant that they’ve been preserved as museums. Homebuyers who are drawn to older homes can get both history and modern amenities, with most older homes having already been renovated at least once by this point. If you covet the character, charm, and architectural details of a historical home but want to be able to update or add on, check with your town-planning office to find out what approvals are required.

Captain of Industry

Location: 206 Cliff Avenue, Pelham

List Price: $2,688,000

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Square Footage: 6,577

This classic Queen Anne Victorian built in 1900 sits on the highest point in Pelham, in a walkable neighborhood close to the train, schools, and shops. Architectural details reflect the turn-of-the-century heritage of this grand seven-bedroom house: a widow’s walk, wraparound porch, detailed leaded-glass windows, and custom oak millwork, as well as seven fireplaces. The open flow of the house and high ceilings match the wish lists of many current homebuyers, as do the new eat-in kitchen with high-end appliances and the downstairs rec room with wine cellar, game tables, and bar. 

Listed With: Owen Berkowitz and Carol Marrone, Douglas Elliman 914.819.7622;


Inn Style

Location: 65 Route 116, Purdys

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List Price: $999,000 

Square Footage: 4,700

Hundred-year-old linden trees line the driveway of this 1895 Federal-style Colonial, which was once an inn and restaurant. The landmark five-bedroom, four-bath house was renovated in 1994, and all mechanicals are up-to-date (including a generator and central air conditioning). Cooks will appreciate the recently updated kitchen with custom cabinets, island, and high-end appliances. With a pool and views of the nearby reservoir from the 1.3-acre lot, this property feels like a country retreat, but it’s walking distance to the train station and zoned for Somers schools.

Listed With: Ellen Schwartz, Douglas Elliman; 914.723.6800;


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Early American

Location: 401 Quaker Road, Chappaqua

List Price: $479,000

Square Footage: 1,421

Original details, including plank flooring, exposed beams, and a wood-manteled fireplace, give this 1833 Colonial (complete with historic-home plaque) a warm appeal. Modern amenities complement the cozy space. The home’s two bedrooms were updated last year; a renovated kitchen features stainless-steel appliances; there’s also central air conditioning. From the eat-in kitchen, French doors lead to a large deck and a half-acre yard.

Listed With: Jennifer Harris, William Raveis Chappaqua; 914.238.0505;