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August 2, 2013

Salem's Albert Goodhue House is more than meets the eye

Majestically sited and ever so prominent in Salem’s McIntire District, find the Albert Goodhue House. Circa 1890, this Colonial revival reflects the true elegance of a bygone era. Listed for $789,000 by Terryanne St. Pierre of Tache Real Estate, this is a home that not only offers period details throughout but a versatility not commonly seen in properties such as this.

While listed as a legal three-family, the interior boasts a flexible floor plan of more than 5,000 square feet that could easily be transformed to accommodate any need.

“I see the perfect buyer of this house to be one who desires to live in an elegant home and also sees the benefits of added income possibility,” says the Realtor. “The layout of this house is such that it makes for great rental units, but if someone were to prefer, it could be brought back to its original single-family design with very little disruption.”

Combining Georgian, Colonial and Federal elements, this home is bursting with turn-of-the-century touches such as corner quoins, cornice dentil moldings and an astonishing five fireplaces. The two-story owner’s unit is complete with Palladian and bay windows, an opulent foyer, large living room, oak paneled dining room, an in-home office, a state-of-the-art granite and stainless kitchen, and two bedrooms on the second floor.

Two rental units, one on the second floor and the other on the third, feature spacious living rooms and bedrooms and fully applianced kitchens.

Though there is a clear profusion of historically relevant detailing in every one of its 15 rooms, this well-appointed house has all of the modern conveniences, including a marble spa bath, updated main kitchen, exterior deck and patio, and a professionally landscaped yard with mature plantings.

Close to an eclectic downtown, the commuter rail and the waterfront, this property would be highly desirable for anyone looking for an enhanced and rich lifestyle.

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