Let’s talk facts. Yes, this spacious Victorian built in 1850 needs to be fully rehabbed but — and, this is the good part — what you start with is flat-out great. The bones of this 19th Century residence include 21st Century size livable rooms with excellent ceiling height and an extraordinary number of large windows in every single room. Period details like hardwood flooring (oak and fir) as well as pine are everywhere along with the appropriate millwork.
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ADDRESS: 1 Central Place, Newburyport
BATHROOMS: 1 full; 1 half
LIVING SPACE: 1,762 sq. ft.
Let’s talk facts. Yes, this spacious Victorian built in 1850 needs to be fully rehabbed but — and, this is the good part — what you start with is flat-out great.
The bones of this 19th Century residence include 21st Century size livable rooms with excellent ceiling height and an extraordinary number of large windows in every single room. Period details like hardwood flooring (oak and fir) as well as pine are everywhere along with the appropriate millwork.
Another plus is that this is a large home overall — 1,762 square feet to be precise — which means that the amount of workable space is fantastic.
Let’s begin with what is
A wide four-window bay allows in an abundance of natural light (and is an immediate focal point, too) in the “front” room of the double parlor. A more subtle feature — besides size as this is a large room — is the flooring. Wide center pine boards are bordered by oak boards in a picture frame pattern. Back in the day, rugs would cover the less expensive boards creating a “rich” look at a lower cost.
While the “back” parlor has oak floor boards throughout the room, they, like the flooring in the front parlor, are accented with detailed bump boards that are almost a foot high. Along with four windows, this room has more period features, too. One is a seven-shelf built-in bookcase next to an attractive fireplace with a prettily detailed mantel.
This room even has a secret: a 19th Century take-off on the colonial parson’s cupboard. This one is tucked into the side wall of the fireplace and you can only see it from the front parlor. It’s quite the conversation starter and, so is a very wide (and high) archway between these rooms. This skillfully crafted feature reflects the formality of the era yet allows for today’s free-flow traffic pattern preferences.
In addition to these “formal” rooms, a fully paneled room on this level has direct access from the front hallway. Good-looking fir floor boards are installed in this room.
Speaking of looking good, another fact is that cosmetic updates in these three rooms will do the trick.
Wait ’til you see the kitchen. This huge space — it’s located in a much later addition — also has a large eat-in area next to a wide bow window with a display ledge. Not only is seating six very easy but also this space is fully open to the “working” part of this galley kitchen that includes a center island and even a pantry closet.
Full glass sliders open to a grand-size deck with built-in seating and then down to a mini green space. Size is deceiving, however. Admittedly small, this outdoor spot is big on style and, with a little work, could be even more impressive. Like the house, its bones are good: large rhododendron bushes are thriving within the fenced area.
Good news continues inside as this “old” house has contemporary pluses like a first-floor laundry in a sizable half bathroom off the kitchen.
Of course, the even better news when considering what updates to bring to this kitchen is that A.) the room is very big and B.) it’s wide open already, which means that you can start immediately on the fun stuff like picking out appliances, cabinetry and flooring. Nice.
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The second floor has a number of interesting features including getting there. The classically turned newel post at the bottom of the staircase, for example, complements deep detailed bump boards that are throughout the stairwell. Reveal wood treads — these are most likely under the carpet — and this staircase will sparkle and shine.
This level also has many features that work for any era. In addition to pine floors and detailed bump boards, all three bedrooms have two exposures with windows on opposite walls thus allowing for excellent cross breezes.
The bedrooms are also nicely sized. The back bedroom, which is over the kitchen, is big and has the same wide bow window space. This room also has a single closet but transforming it into a walk-in/dressing room is very doable. One wall in a small room at one end of the landing adjacent to this bedroom backs up to the closet. Remove the closet wall, et voila.
A full bathroom has a tub/shower combination along with a linen/medicine closet. Straight-forward updates such as new fixtures and flooring will create a modern loo quickly.
The second bedroom, which has four windows, is also nicely sized but the back bedroom has lots of surprises, and they are pleasant ones.
While this room is spacious and bright thanks to five windows, it’s what you don’t see immediately that is a real treat. This room has a massive walk-in closet. Detailed bump boards (even here) are reminders that 19th Century homes were built by craftsman who focused on details.
The house even has a walk-up attic.
Contact Patricia Skibbee or Joanie Purinton of River Valley Real Estate at 978-502-4782 or 978-462-6898 or by email: email@example.com or joanie@RiverValleyRealEstate.com.