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Homes of the Week

April 12, 2013

Seize the chance to own a piece of Beverly history

History buffs, real estate enthusiasts or simple fans of antique house design, take notice. Sitting in plain sight among homes more current is the George Standley House in Beverly. Built in 1671, this is a rare opportunity to own a First Period home on the North Shore, according to listing agent Kate Fabrizio of RE/MAX Advantage. In fact, according to the Realtor, this is one of just a few remaining 17th-century homes for sale across the country.

“This house is a real treasure because it is one of the last of its kind. Even though it has been renovated over the years with modern comforts, it retains many of its original features.”

Such qualities, Fabrizio points out, include a steeply pitched roof, massive central chimney, wide pine plank floors, intricate paneling and beamed ceilings. While homes of this day typically featured formal spaces, every room in this detached Cape is warm, comfortable and beautified by its former owner, an interior decorator by trade.

On the main level, find a “parlor” with a corner cupboard, built-in shelving, wainscoting and a wood-burning fireplace, all original to the home. While not overly large, the galley-style kitchen is sufficient and opens thoughtfully to a spacious family room with brick fireplace and pine walls. “This room spans the entire length of the house, so it is certainly large enough should someone want to break it up into an eating area. It really is a great home for entertaining,” Fabrizio says.

Also part of this first floor is a thoughtful master bedroom with double closets, full bath and an adjacent sitting area with fireplace and brick flooring, ideal for a small office or library perhaps. A separate entrance lends easy access to a brick patio and flat backyard. On the upper level, find two additional bedrooms and a second full bath.

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