This house is a significant part of Newburgh history. It was restored by Tom Porfidio, one of Newburgh’s first urban pioneers. This home was among 5 (another report says 7) homes saved by Libby Lyon, Newburgh’s own Jane Jacobs. She bought them for $1,000 each to save them from the urban renewal that had leveled the waterfront. However, when it was time to pay, Ms. Lyon didn’t have the money! You can learn all about this fascinating woman in a previous post.
The house was already in horrible condition with Tom bought it. He did extensive repair work that included sanding the floors, making bookshelves and even crafting 22 stair spindles out of pine. Now it is time for the next generation to continue Libby and Tom’s legacy. There is likely plenty of work left to do.
You can read all about the history of this home by reading this post:Before and After: 162 Montgomery, Urban Pioneers Part II.
162 Montgomery St Newburgy NY (Peter Persaud, J Philip Real Estate)
Asking Price: starting bid $289,000
Year Built: 1870
Size: 2,781 sq ft
Taxes: horribly wrong on listings but seems to be $15,000 +/-
Distance to NYC: 58.1 mi, 1 hour 9 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
This is Tom standing proudly outside his restored home in 1983.