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March 22, 2013

Country manor in the heart of desirable Hamilton

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.”

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