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Homes of the Week

March 29, 2013

New to market Extraordinary 5-bedroom antique Colonial

“Extremely welcoming” and “an easy place to live” are phrases that describe the Batchelder-Cogswell House in Wenham. Realtor Peggy McNamara of Keller Williams Realty is confident that potential homebuyers will be enamored by the home’s warmth and history.

The home has been owned by only four families, who have maintained many of the original features, including the wide pine floors and seven Colonial fireplaces. Along with its feel of history, McNamara is sure that potential homebuyers will be pleasantly surprised by the high level of modern-day functionality. Unlike many antique Colonials, this home features high ceilings, great storage spaces and a bright, airy atmosphere.

The first floor is a masterwork of comfortable elegance. The “Great Room” runs the entire length of the home and truly lives up to its name. It contains, among other things, an oversized hearth complete with original 18th-century ironwork details, a dining/window seat area overlooking the back garden and a hidden minibar with a small refrigerator. The bar area also houses the stereo system that is wired through the downstairs — the ultimate in entertaining or setting a holiday mood.

Pass through a cozy library nook, complete with floor-to-ceiling, built-in bookshelves, into a study that boasts its own fireplace, original wainscoting, pocket shutters and plenty of room to enjoy your favorite hobbies or create a peaceful retreat.

Across the main hall, the dining room boasts a built-in cupboard, a corner cabinet and another working fireplace.

The kitchen offers plenty of storage space through cabinets, a butcher-block island and a walk-in pantry.

At one time, the home was made to accommodate two families. A welcome result of this is a former kitchen that now houses the laundry area and a sink. It is truly an ideal spot as a playroom for kids or as a workroom for an avid crafter or artist.

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