Location Cobleskill, NY
Contact Christine Rappleyea, 518-234-4371; [email protected]
The history: In the mid-1800s, Cobleskill was a major agricultural hub and trading post, helped in no small part by its close proximity to Albany, the state capital. As the town grew and the economy transformed from its agrarian roots, enterprising builders by the names of Berdsly and Mereness began constructing houses, including this one, to cater to the burgeoning merchant class.
Public records don’t indicate its first owner, but the house was part of a cluster built in the 1890s, prized for their large lots and fanciful embellishments. Over time, the house was bought and sold by a number of families; it has been vacant for several years.
Shown: The 1,400-square-foot house has four bedrooms and just one bath. It sits on a street of similar homes, many of which have been restored.