, Salem, MA

September 26, 2013

Danvers home is an architectural jewel

By Nancy Mades-Byrd

---- — It’s easy to imagine fictional lawyer Jonathan Harker and his wife, Mina, setting up housekeeping in this graceful home now that all that unpleasant business with Count Dracula had wrapped up. Built in 1897, the same year Bram Stoker published his masterwork, the residence remains one of the finest architecturally preserved homes in all of Danvers.

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home was designed by popular late 19th-century architect Lester Couch who also planned the Danvers Library. DurinSg the American centennial, designers understandably looked back on the first hundred years of the young nation’s architecture and ushered in what became known as the Colonial revival. The door surrounds, multipane sash windows and cornice designs of the country’s Colonial heritage reappeared, but with a grandeur and opulence that reflected the nation’s status as a rising star on the world stage. This elegant home perfectly reflects that period’s nod both to its past and the nation’s bright future.

Period details — from the elegant foyer where one can imagine an entry table bearing a fresh bouquet and the day’s calling cards to the notable arched ceilings — everything here speaks to authenticity. The gleaming hardwood floors, original woodwork and moldings all echo with the sounds of master craftsmen of a past era laboring to create their finest work.

Pass from the graceful foyer into the formal living room with its fireplace and magnificent built-in cabinets, the library, the family room or the oversized game room. The kitchen boasts custom Crown Point cabinetry designed and executed by skilled artisans and Vermont Soapstone countertops. Vermont soapstone is an ideal kitchen surface not only for its stain-free beauty and durability, but because it contains no pores making for effortless cleaning. The appliances are top-line stainless steel and the kitchen island is an ideal spot for homework afternoons or hors d’oeuvres before dinner.

Forget any ideas about this estate-like residence being all “Downton Abbey” and no downtown living because the 21st century has been seamlessly integrated so that you can just enjoy the high-velocity central air-conditioning and central vacuum without realizing that you’re enjoying it in a room that has witnessed both the first motorized vehicle and the Mars Rover.

The second level boasts four generous bedrooms including a delightful master bedroom suite with private bath.

The property is offered at $625,000. Listed by Pamela Spiros, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage., 978-882-4375.