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Historic Chappaqua Home Offers 21st Century Luxuries

The Thomas Dodge House in Chappaqua, originally built in 1744, is on the market and is listed by Houlihan Lawrence agent Karen Benvin Ransom. Photo Credit: Contributed
The courtyard of the home at night. Photo Credit: Contributed
A hallway leads to the master suite. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Thomas Dodge House in Chappaqua, originally built in 1744, will have an open house on Sunday with Houlihan Lawrence agent Karen Benvin Ransom. Photo Credit: Contributed
The family room at 428 Quaker Road in Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Contributesd
The kitchen has been thoroughly renovated. Photo Credit: Contributed
Wide-plan hardwood floors and open beam construction takes the house back to its original construction. Photo Credit: Contributed
The master bath has been updated and renovated. Photo Credit: Contributed

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- One of the original homes of Chappaqua offers the next owner a home that combines the best attributes of a historic home with modern sensibility and close-to-town convenience.

Karen Benvin Ransom of Houlihan Lawrence is marketing the property at 428 Quaker Road, a 4-bedroom, 4.1 bath Colonial Contemporary with .87 acres. The list price is $1,248,000.

“It’s a home that is the best of both worlds,’’ Benvin Ransom said. “It has been thoughtfully renovated and updated while retaining its charm. It’s a very warm home, but at the same time, it’s also very cool.”

The property is known in Chappaqua as The Thomas Dodge House and was built in 1744. Thomas Dodge was a cabinet maker, farmer and the important caretaker of the Quaker Meeting House.

The house is nestled in the town’s historic district and the heritage of the house has been enhanced by the renovations and additions. The current owners totally renovated and expanded the house in 2009, yet retained the charm of the bygone era.

“It’s really special home that will appeal to someone who may otherwise be reluctant to move out of the city, wanting something different than the typical suburban house.’’ Benvin Ransom said.

Wide-plank flooring and open beams take the look of the house back to earlier times. The beams are re-purposed from a Wisconsin barn from the same era as the house. There are large open spaces on the main floor, second floor and master suite.The kitchen has been extensively renovated with Black Zimbabwe granite counters, cherry cabinets with stainless steel and glass, stainless appliances, and a professional Garland stove.

A striking barnwood and glass gallery leads to the master suite on the main floor which features a bedroom with high ceilings and a skylight, a huge walk in closet, and a bathroom with cherry cabinetry, an Ultra Chromotherapy Jacuzzi tub, and a glass shower.

The second floor includes two well-sized bedrooms, two baths, a great room and, like the rest of the house, copious amounts of open space. High ceilings and plenty of windows allow natural light to pour into the house.

“People are surprised by how spacious it is,’’ Benvin Ransom said. "Yet you just need your basic elements to live comfortably. It does not need any decorating. It's so clean and beautiful."

Aside from the stunning interior, it’s a corner property with lovely perennials yet requires minimal upkeep, is also minutes from town, the train station and the Saw Mill Parkway. The exterior also includes some interesting features, such as a courtyard that is visible upon driving in, rock walls, original well, detached garage, front porch and landscaping.

“"This gracious home on Quaker Rd. is set on just under an acre yet it feels like a private hideaway without a neighbor in sight.”

For more information, click on the website listing at or contact Karen at 914-232-1212 ext. 24342 or via email

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