11/30/17 7:30am

A major development for the Heights neighborhood has begun with the rehabilitation of 2 Courtney Avenue! This house has been in very poor condition for many years. Finally, a new owner has come along who is preservation minded. As you can see in the photo below, the house has been stripped of many historical details. The cupola was a large detail that was removed, and thankfully it is being replaced.

Neighbors are over the moon.

“After 10 years, I’m thankful for the new roof on this amazing house next door, and the sweet sound of construction.”

“This is such a huge renovation for the block.”

“I am so excited for this! That whole area is so beautiful and this is one of the best houses! So much character.”

Image via page 86 in Newburgh (Images of America: New York), by Kevin Barrett

Photos by Carter Peabody

This week the aluminum siding was taken down, revealing the original shingles that are still intact over 100 years later! Restoring these homes in Newburgh is no walk in the park. They require expertise and help from historic tax credits that make the cost more affordable.

06/30/17 7:30am

This is a home right on the bluff in the Heights neighborhood in Newburgh. Everything in this house needs to be fixed. But the location is desirable – a corner property with no neighbors in front of you.

39 Bay View Terrace Newburgh NY (Igor Krasnoperov)
Asking Price: $54,900 (foreclosure)
Year Built: 1900
Size: 2,766 sq ft
Neighborhood: The Heights
Taxes: $10,283
Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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03/24/17 7:30am

91 Carson Avenue Newburgh NY

This house appears to have been vacant for quite some time now. It has suffered a lot of damage due to the neglect- missing pipes, leaks, collapsed ceilings and collapsed walls. This is a gut rehab, and this is most likely an all-cash renovation. In this condition, you will not get a loan from a bank to renovate this property. Often times it is investors or extremely handy owners that can handle a house in this condition. A few doors down the “Carson Casino” was busted, which will hopefully make this area safer. Also on this block, a full blown renovation is happening at 44 Carson, a little inspiration for the potential of these homes.

91 Carson Avenue Newburgh NY (Eileen Daly, Better Homes & Gardens)
Asking Price: $36,000
Year Built: 1890
Size: 2,172 sq ft
Neighborhood: The Heights
Taxes: $4,648
Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84
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02/28/17 7:30am

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Urban renewal these days happens in the form of neglect. An unattended leaky roof can wreak havoc. Many of these boarded up buildings are hollow inside due to the roof collapsing years ago. So is the case at 2 Liberty. The roof is gone, and so is the back wall of the 3rd floor. Many would think the next logical step would be to demolish the remaining structure. Developers and visionaries have proven time and time again that there is still value in these buildings. SodaCova Group is rehabilitating 2 & 15 Liberty Street.

SodaCova Group is an entirely minority-owned real estate investment company. They began work in the City of Newburgh out of a desire to give back to the community. The location of 2 Liberty was chosen particularly because of its location at the intersection of two main thoroughfares – Liberty and Renwick. It is away from the waterfront, but SodaCova feels it can help bring traffic west of Water Street and bring revitalization south on Liberty. SodaCova is working with native Newburgher, Josh Mousseau of Domus Port who has worked on rehabilitating buildings in similar states in Newburgh. The roof is scheduled to be installed by the end of the month and hopefully, the building will be completed by the end of the year with a grand opening of the commercial space, yet to be announced.

Across the street, SodaCova is doing work on 15 Liberty. The first floor had an illegal apartment and they are working to restore the commercial retail space. Work on the storefront could begin as early as next week. Plans are to create a gallery space. Stay tuned for that announcement.

Overall, this is very exciting news for the revitalization of southern Liberty Street. Coupled with the rehabilitation of PS 6, the Liberty Street School, this section of Liberty between Benkard and Renwick will slowly start to turn the corner. This goes without mentioning the hard work the Colas family has done at 19 Liberty Street. Bravo to you Nancy and Kermit!

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12/23/16 12:15pm

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There are two 91 Liberty Streets. This property is 91 Liberty Street WH – WH standing for Washington Heights. It is located at the very end of Liberty Street near the bluff. It’s being listed as move in ready, so long weekends doing renovations shouldn’t be in your future. More details here:

In the desirable Heights section of Newburgh. Lovely Bowfront 1890’s all brick and stone single family with garage/carriage house. The very best of the old blends with the new in this generously sized three bedroom, 1.5 bath detached home!  Outside, the spacious, breezy, front sitting porch features brand new hardwood decking, rebuilt stairs, and new roofing front and back. Inside, find lovingly preserved Mahogany woodwork and refinished oak  floors throughout. The gracious foyer spills into a large living room that flows into a separate, spacious dining room featuring original stained glass, and all windows in the home are master-restored originals with new storms. There’s a delightfully fresh newly-redone eat-in kitchen with butcher block countertops, new high-end stainless steel appliances, an on-trend enamel white Kohler sink and fixtures, and a separate storage pantry! In the basement you’ll find a new Maytag w/d set, a brand-new, high efficiency European boiler, and electric service, new panel, with wiring all updated in 2016.* The upstairs tiled full bath has pristine new fixtures. On the main floor there’s a convenient newly created half bath with exposed brick.  It’s all here, the off street parking, large private fenced-in backyard, a full-height, full-length basement ready for finishing,  and a 20×15 stone and brick carriage house with 4 windows (potential shop, office, studio, or tiny house!) Don’t let this one get away! The non sexy work is done, so you get to design and decorate! *all plumbing and electrical by licensed, local contractors.

91 Liberty St WH Newburgh NY (Stacey Laskin)
Asking Price: $285,000
Year Built: 1890
Size: 1,822 sq ft
NeighborhoodThe Heights
Taxes: $6,000
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
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12/02/16 11:45am

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Channel your inner Nicole Curtis and consider rehabbing one of the saddest houses in the Heights neighborhood. It might seem like a crazy idea to take on a project like this, but we have already had at least one successful purchase and rehabilitation begin on a previous “untouchable” home like this one from showcasing it on the blog. This is a great location and great neighborhood to consider.

Neglected beauty on the crest of Washington Heights. This one even boasts views of the Hudson River! Unbelievably, much of the original interior finish remains: beautiful wood trim, wood doors, solid staircase and even a wood mantelpiece. Unleash the river views. Enjoy them from the entire north side of the house – including the walk-up attic. Needs considerable (emphasis on considerable) work to bring this one back to life…but could be oh so rewarding.

9 Carson Avenue Newburgh NY
Asking Price: $1,190*
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* This is the minimum price. The City of Newburgh will also entertain bids above the asking price. All interested purchasers need to submit a PODA (Private Owner Development Application) . The application is available on-line and at the City of Newburgh’s Planning & Development Office, 83 Broadway, Newburgh, NY. For additional information call: 845-569-7400.

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