The stone mansion in New York that was a former church hides some secrets



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A wonderfully rustic stone home built centuries ago has landed on the real estate market in Rifton, New York. for $2.49 million.

But don’t let the exterior fool you – although it may look dated from the outside, the interior is beyond chic and looks like it was ripped from the pages of a recent Architectural Digest.

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It also hides more than a few surprises.

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“Introducing The Rifton, a fully restored and masterfully renovated 1876 stone residence perched above the Walkill River between Kingston and New Paltz in the hamlet of Rifton, NY,” reads the listing on

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“Over the years, The Rifton has served as the church, town hall and batiment canards for a local duck farm and the current incarnation beautifully preserves that spirit of coming together and community throughout the living, entertaining and working spaces spanning 6,000 Square meters.”

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The restored interior is a soft combination of “wabi-sabi modernism” and country sophistication, with its “perfectly imperfect details such as exposed beams and rock outcroppings, original stone walls and pine floors, and antique doors with a timeless patina,” the listing describes.

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There seem to be unexpected features around every corner of the four bedroom, four bathroom home, including:

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There is also a “storage cave”, a room referred to as The Tower, which is the former church tower.

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The house was highlighted by Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis during his popular weekly Twitter #FridayNightZillow segment on Friday, September 2nd.

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Rifton is approximately 90 miles north of New York City.

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TJ Macías is a real-time national sports reporter for McClatchy based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. TJ has previously covered the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers beat for numerous outlets including 24/7 Sports and Mavs Maven (Sports Illustrated). Twitter: @TayloredSiren

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