SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 22, 2013

Country manor in the heart of desirable Hamilton

BY LILLIAN SHAPIRO
DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE ADVERTISING

---- — Reminiscent of the country estates of yesteryear, this renewed Hamilton antique is a true representation of the “gentleman’s farm,” according to Realtor Alice Miller of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Built in 1746 and set on 5 private acres, this home is a step back in time to when life was simple and pride of ownership was everything.

“I love this house for a variety of reasons,” Miller says. “While the owners have gone to extreme levels with their renovations, they were careful to maintain the character of an older time by using amazing elements like floorboards from an old barn in New Hampshire, 100-year-old tiles and gorgeous old Gothic windows from a church in England. Even though the additions and renovations look and feel like they are original to the house, it has the modern comforts of insulation, air conditioning, radiant heat and a high-efficiency heating system.”

While from the outside, this home presents as a classic center-entrance Colonial, the inside tells so much more. Throughout its impressive 6,000 square feet of living space, find unique architectural detailing such as exposed beams, leaded windows, reclaimed and original wide plank flooring, and intricate tiling. Though the main rooms are original to the house, a dramatic two-story addition featuring a family room with stone fireplace and guest suite on the main level and a stunning master wing above was added just 10 years ago by the current owners.

Ideally suited for entertaining, this house also boasts two living rooms and a spacious dining room all complete with wood-burning fireplaces. The redesigned gourmet kitchen is both stunning and efficient with top-of-the-line appliances, honed granite countertops, an adjacent marble mudroom and easy access to a mahogany screened sunroom wired for sound.

Two staircases lead the way to a commanding second level where an in-home office and three bedrooms share the space with the aforementioned master. “This suite is really beautiful with every imaginable extra, including a walk-in closet, balcony, cathedral ceiling and pickled birch floors,” says the Realtor. “All of the baths in this home have been meticulously remodeled with the finest of materials, but the en suite bath is a true standout, with a basket-weave floor and the most gorgeous double sinks made of white marble.”

Rivaling the intricacies of the interior, the grounds of this estate are impeccable. A bluestone patio, complete with heated spa, overlooks a granite maze, raised vegetable beds and a sea of perennial gardens. Should you require an au pair apartment, guest quarters or rental opportunity, this property also includes a three-bedroom carriage house.

“This house has so many nice features,” Miller says. “One of the things that makes it so appealing, too, is that because it was moved back from the road in the 1920s, it has a quieter, more private location, and it is very convenient to the village. Although this is a house from the 1700s, it is a very bright, happy and comfortable home.”

Listed for $2,290,000, this property is shown by appointment only. For more information or to schedule a viewing, call Alice Miller at 978-233-2808 or 978-314-0506.

AT A GLANCE: 12 rooms 5 bedrooms 4 full, 1 half baths 6,000 square feet Carriage house $2,290,000 LISTED BY Alice Miller Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Manchester 978-233-2808 or cell, 978-314-0506 Alice.Miller@nemoves.comwww.NewEnglandMoves.com