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What’s a farmhouse doing on East 29th Street?

September 22, 2011

Tucked just inside Third Avenue on a Kips Bay block near a noisy country and western bar is this wooden clapboard beauty.

The more you look at the lovely home, the easier it is to imagine it as a lone farmhouse on one of Manhattan’s vast estates in the late 18th and early 19th century.

That’s before the street grid, dreamed up in 1811, carved up the city, and houses like it were torn down (or just as likely, burned down, as wood structures had a habit of doing).

Historians can’t seem to agree on the year the house, at 203 East 29th Street, was built, but it may have been as early as 1790, when the neighborhood was known as Rose Hill.

Fast forward a century. Here it is, looking rather rundown, in a 1915 New York Public Library photo.

Since then, it’s been renovated, obviously—the roof, windows, and siding are all reproductions.

So what would it cost you to make this East Side farmhouse your home?

A Streeteasy listing says it was rented in 2010 for $5500 a month—quite a bargain for one of the city’s oldest houses. Check out the photos of the interior.