, Salem, MA

September 26, 2013

Ideal location enhances this jewel of Salem

By Nancy Mades-Byrd

---- — From the moment you enter the welcoming foyer and see the striking lighted art deco bronze statue atop the newel post, you understand that this is a home that has embraced its past always with a view toward the future. It was during the mid-19th century that American designers discovered and fell in love with all things Greek, and the sharply arched roof and front columns are a lasting tribute to the home’s place in this famous architectural revival.

Just off Salem Common, the home is on one of the most beautiful streets in one of Salem’s most coveted neighborhoods. It’s just a short walk to all of Salem’s fabulous restaurants, shops and internationally renowned historic sites.

The first level includes the formal living room entered through lovely French doors and a spectacular marble fireplace conveniently powered by gas. The dining room has been meticulously maintained and features a large built-in china cabinet, the original marble fireplace and the butler’s closet. The dining room leads to the wonderful screened porch. The kitchen is a modern place of stainless steel appliances, custom cherry cabinets, granite countertops and a wonderful peninsula for work or snack space. Gleaming hardwood floors enhance the beauty throughout the first level, which is completed by a powder room.

The second level features the master bedroom, another generous additional bedroom with the home’s third marble fireplace, a sitting area used as a library, and a full bath. Both bedrooms have stunning hardwood floors and fabulous walk-in closets. The top level brings two more bedrooms, a full bath, and a large open family room with full wet bar and storage. Throughout every level, gorgeous fine wood molding and period architecture has been lovingly maintained or restored to its original glory. There is an additional office on the second floor.

Charming and perfectly maintained, the yard features well-established plantings and a lovely water fountain. In addition to the two-car garage, with its custom-designed overhead doors, there is parking for four additional vehicles — something that’s a premium in downtown Salem. This amazing home has been modernized with an in-ground sprinkler system, central air-conditioning, updated electrical system and state-of-the-art gas heat, and it’s easy to forget that it was built the same year future President Abraham Lincoln delivered the eulogy for President Zachary Taylor. There is also radiant floor heat in the kitchen and all of the bathrooms.

The residence is offered at $925,000. Listing agent Pam McKee of Keller Williams Realty, 978-717-9061,