This will be a fun home search that will take some patience but a great couple so I know it will be worth it!!
This set of buyers is in search of a home with tons of character and charm preferring pre-1960 and willing to go back all of the way to 1740s.
They definitely want a large lot – thinking 1+ acres – or even the illusion of a large lot if they found a home that abutted conservation/park/etc. Currently they are living in a bungalow in a cute downtown neighborhood which was a nice place to start but now feeling too congested for them. They are craving space, trees, and privacy. Being close to a busy road won’t work for them. Antique lovers know homes built “back in the day” were purposefully located close to the road so quiet set-backs are not always easy to come by but, I found my antique colonial set back off the road so I know it’s possible.
In terms of the home itself, they would like at least three bedrooms, minimum of two baths, a garage if possible, and charm, charm, charm (cookie cutter is just not going to do it for them.) Some sort of “out” building or separate studio that could be used as a home office would be great – but even a separate space in the house could have potential. She works from home and would like a feel of going to the office and then leaving it behind when done for the day.
For location, they would like to be within 30-40 minutes of Providence.
Do you happen to know anyone in Southeastern Massachusetts interested in selling a home like this?
We will be ready to get back to the house hunting in January so spread the word…
Wow… it has been almost a year since I posted about this wonderful home in Attleboro. It was purchased in March of last year by an investor, but this home still needs an “Owner” to live there and love it! With two train stations to choose from, easy access to route 95, spacious backyard, original charm abounding … this home truly could be an amazing find for anyone looking for a unique property in a convenient location. And if you haven’t heard, Attleboro is absolutely taking off as a sought after community in real estate. If you know of anyone who may be interested, just send along my information. I’d love to share the joys of living in an antique surrounded by all of the conveniences you could ever want – I actually live that dream in my 1743 North Attleboro Colonial 🙂
My Post from January 2015:
Have you ever seen a property on-line and just had to see it?
Last night I had a buyer ask me to find out a little more about a home built in 1780 before she packed up her kids and made the trek down here.
The property is currently vacant, bank-owned, winterized, and electric is turned off. Normally that means a phone conversation or a few e-mails back and forth with another agent to get the “scoop”. However, the antique lover in me just had to check out this Attleboro charmer myself so I grabbed a friend and a flashlight and off we went this morning.
First let’s get the negatives out of the way… it is on a main road (and really only about 20 feet off of the main road). Minimally (from what we could see) it needs plumbing updated, floors leveled, chimney(s) rebuilt, some electrical work, kitchen & bath renovations, updated heating, and yard cleared. BUT …
You enter off of the back into a mudroom area with wood floors, this leads into a family room area across the back of the home complete with wide pine floors, beamed ceiling, and fireplace. When facing the front of the house, to your left off of the family room is a small kitchen with wood cabinets which would be great opened up into the fireplaced family room. In the back corner of the house to your right is a second set of stairs and a full bath. There are two good sized rooms in the front of the home on the first level with the front entry in between. Both of these rooms offer great built-ins, closets, wide pine floors, fireplaces, and more charm!
Upstairs follows a very similar layout… two large rooms in the front of the house each with a fireplace and then one large room across the back that has a small room (above the mudroom) off of it. A second floor laundry is in the back left corner (above the kitchen) and another full bath is in the back right corner (above the first floor bathroom). The space and plumbing could be there to create a master suite out of the back of the second floor with walk-in closet and ensuite bath. Plus you could still have two other bedrooms and a full bath.
But wait, there’s more… off of the second floor bath is a staircase to the third floor which appears to have had two other finished rooms at one time. On the third floor, it is clear, the chimney will need help (it has fallen in). The basement offers lots of usable space, tall ceilings, and cement floor.
Set on a spacious almost half acre lot abutting a little stream, this Colonial rehab is clearly not for the average buyer …but if you love a home with a story, have vision & patience, and access to some cash (either in your account now or through a 203k loan program), the unique charm and space is there inside and out to keep the right buyer happy for years to come!
Listing courtesy of: Daniel Saffer, , Inc.
Let me know if this looks like a future home for you, I’d love to walk you through it.
And certainly let me know if you’d ever like me to preview a property
or schedule a showing for you.