A Stylishly Converted 1800s Homestead Asks $1.9M in Tivoli, New York

Located roughly two hours from New York City, the 4.5-acre property comprises a revamped barn and cottage, plus multiple outdoor gathering areas—including a thriving garden planted with over 20 species of mature trees.
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In the village of Tivoli in Dutchess County, New York, a charming, renovated homestead with a 19th-century barn and 1970s cottage sits on a picturesque, 4.5-acre lot along the banks of Stoney Creek.

An aerial view of the converted barn and cottage on the property’s 4.5-acre lot in Dutchess County, New York. The current owners added solar power technologies in 2017, which now cover 50 percent of the property’s electricity use.

The property, dubbed The Barn in Tivoli, comes with four bedrooms and four baths across the two buildings, in addition to multiple outdoor areas with fire pits and a yoga deck with creek views. Thanks to a full remodel by the owners—a designer/builder and artist duo who collaborated with local artisans for the renovation—the reimagined buildings are equipped with updated appliances. Both structures also employ sustainable and energy-efficient solutions where possible.

A large Vermont Castings woodstove anchors the open-plan living and dining area in the converted barn.

Exposed beams and timber-clad walls enhance the barn’s rustic aesthetic.

The 1,860-square-foot barn evokes a cozy aesthetic complete with timber-clad walls and a Vermont Castings woodstove in the living/dining area. A chef’s kitchen with new appliances and a few antique touches connects to the gathering space on the first floor, which also houses a full bathroom. 

A deep-basin antique sink contrasts with the new appliances in the chef’s kitchen. Wraparound wooden countertops offer an abundance of space for meal preparation.

The updated kitchen features a wood-clad Sub-Zero fridge.

Another luxurious bathroom can be found on the barn’s second level—a large, open area with two sleeping "nooks" and a lofted bedroom. At the rear of the converted barn, there is a black locust deck, an outdoor shower, and a post-and-beam woodshed.

A handcrafted staircase leads to the lofted sleeping areas on the barn’s upper level.

A vaulted ceiling in one of the bedrooms is clad in wood panels with different hues. In total, the two-level barn can comfortably accommodate six to eight people.

The converted barn offers two full baths—one with a clawfoot tub; the other with a rain shower.

Steps from the two-story barn is the property’s "salt-box" cottage, which was built in 1972. For this space, the owners sought to create a more modern-feeling interior. Spread across 1,400 square feet, the building features spacious living areas filled with pops of color and natural light. 

A bright-yellow door extends a warm welcome inside the 1972 cottage, where a large living area is anchored by an original brick fireplace.

The first floor of the cottage has an updated kitchen with artisan chestnut cabinets, as well as a large living room with a Morsø woodstove, and a sunny office overlooking the pond and surrounding landscape. The second floor features two light-filled bedrooms and a full bathroom with a soaking tub situated beneath impressive, operable skylights.

Sliding glass doors extend the living space outside, creating instant indoor/outdoor flow.

Artisan chestnut cabinets complement the exposed beams in the cottage’s kitchen.

Upstairs, a bedroom sits above the main living areas and frames views of the nearby creek. 

The sun-kissed bathroom has a large soaking tub, operable roof windows, and European fixtures.

In addition to transforming the two historic residences, which the current owners purchased in 2012, the duo spent years cultivating a fenced-in, edible permaculture forest and kitchen garden, which now thrives with numerous varieties of fruit and nut trees, as well as berry bushes, flowers, herbs, and vegetables. "Seeing the incredible diversity of flora and fauna that come forth every spring is magnificent," note the couple. "The property becomes a completely secluded oasis, right in the village of Tivoli."

The reimagined barn is nestled between two wood-and-storage sheds. A large fire pit (one of three on the property) sits in the back of the home—an idyllic spot for impromptu gatherings.

The Barn in Tivoli, located at 33 Broadway in Tivoli, New York, is currently listed for $1,875,000 by Raj Kumar and Annabel Taylor of The Lillie K. Team at Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Photography: Alon Koppel / @alonkoppelphotography

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