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February 8, 2013

Classic Salem Victorian offers flexibility and affordability

This Salem gem may appear characteristic in its Victorian design, yet it is sufficiently versatile for today’s contemporary lifestyle. Boasting a flexible floor plan, this home has spacious, sunny rooms, thoughtful updates and a location that can’t be beat.

“This is a great house that is close to town, museums, the waterfront and the commuter rail,” says listing agent Terryanne St. Pierre of Tache Real Estate. “The main living spaces are nice and large, making it a great place to entertain family and friends.”

On the exterior, traditional “arts and crafts” workmanship such as long sloping roof lines, simple forms and a wide, sheltering overhang remind us of the home’s turn-of-the-century roots. Inside, find gleaming wood floors and over-sized windows throughout.

The comfortable living room, with large bay window and wood burning fireplace, flows easily through an arched doorway into a formal dining room. Spacious enough for even the more formidable gatherings, this room is intricately classic with detailed moldings, wainscoting and a glass-front, custom china cabinet.

The recently updated kitchen features ample wood cabinetry with stainless pulls, newer white appliances, recessed lighting and a tiled floor. A granite-topped breakfast bar overlooks a seasonal deck and Beacon Hill-style yard.

“Also on this level,” adds St. Pierre, “is a great, multipurpose spot that offers the potential for a play room, in-home office or den, depending on your need. This is really a bonus.” Additionally, find a convenient half bath with washer/dryer hook up.

Ascend the ornate staircase to the second floor, where a generous open foyer doubles as a cozy sitting area. Sharing this space are a shared full bath and three bedrooms including the master, which is complete with plush carpeting and a walk-in closet.

Sensibly priced at $284,900, this seven-room home offers over 1,600 square feet of living space. St. Pierre believes that while the house itself has a lot to offer, its location is just as notable.

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