You might look at this home for sale in Northfield and think, “I get it, it’s a turn of the century house. I’ve seen them. I know what’s in them.”
You’d be wrong. Well, partly. There’s plenty of the tradition that you’d expect, with some hardwood floors, natural woodwork, and warm character. But the special, fun features of this home really set it apart.
53 Warren Avenue has a large kitchen with lots of countertops and cabinets for prepping meals and for storing all the kitchen supplies. And, unlike many kitchens today, there’s an area (not far from, but actually part of) that offers some great flexibility. Traditionally, this would be the space for your kitchen table. This would be where you’d have meals with your people, spread papers for planning or homework, carve pumpkins, that sort of thing.
Another option for that space would be to put an island. Why not? Give yourself some more storage, and an inviting place to hang out with your people?
Of course, there’s the formal dining room, with hardwood floors and a brick fireplace, for when you want to, you know, be more formal.
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The front of the house, opening onto the wraparound porch has a living room that’s just calling for a couple of comfy chairs and a coffee table to gather around.
For a house built in 1906, the first floor layout is surprisingly open. The kitchen, “bonus kitchen area”, dining room, and living room all flow together and the fireplace plays to the dining room as well as the living room. Well done, 1906 carpenters!
Fun Feature #1!
This home for sale in Northfield even has an atrium. I know, right? Get your garden starts going right in your own house. Or fill your home with plants. Any way that you use it, it’s great to have all that natural light pouring into the house.
Which brings us to…
Fun Feature #2!
There’s a second living room. A “Super Room”. 20x50 super, with a hand laid stone hearth fireplace and a wet bar. The possibilities for this room are endless. Watch movies, home office, exercise room, play room.
Some of the finishes in this super room are a little dated, and replacing the carpet would go a long way. But these are easy cosmetic updates. And the payoff in your enjoyment is huge.
Upstairs there are three good-sized bedrooms, and a full bathroom.
One of the bedrooms is an en suite, with its own half bathroom and the laundry as part of the en suite. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of carrying laundry up and down flights of stairs, you’ll appreciate the convenience of this layout. And if you don’t want the laundry as part of the primary bedroom, moving it to the Super Room or even the basement would be easy.
Although the attic itself is unfinished (storage!), there is a room which is really close to being finished. Previous owners had used it as a bedroom. With just a little work, it could make a lovely private office or studio if you want.
Ready for Fun Feature #3?
How about two levels of garage parking? The first level has one garage bay door, and TONS of space for yard equipment, a workshop, firewood, and more. And then the second level has two additional garage bays. There’s actually a third level, which is open “barn space” to be used anyway you see fit.
Fun Features 3a and 3b are the working cupola bell in the garage, and, my personal favorite, the motorized conveyor belt was built to move firewood from the garage to the basement. And yes, it still works. Clark Bothfeld was a genius.
Let’s Be Honest
This house has been very well-maintained by careful, conscientious owners. But it could benefit from some cosmetic updates. Changing the flooring alone would be a project that would yield huge returns. Maybe you don’t like wallpaper. Removing and painting really isn’t that big of a project. Many homeowners can tackle that sort of thing.
So no, it’s not your completely renovated HGTV colonial. But any improvements you want to do can be done one at a time while you’re living here and loving life.
Location, Location, Location
Being so close to Norwich University, it makes sense that 53 Warren Avenue has a connection with Norwich. It was, back in the day, a fraternity house. It’s said that the Super Room was more of a dining hall than anything else (I’ll leave you to draw you own conclusions about what kinds of shenanigans a bunch of college students might have gotten into in that big space).
53 Warren Avenue is right across the street from Norwich University, and just off the Crescent. It’s a paved dead end road, with incredibly easy access to the Shaw Outdoor Center at Paine Mountain, which has hiking trails as well as renowned mountain biking.
Downtown Northfield is nearby, with a growing scene of restaurants including Good Measure Brewing Company, Carrier Roasting Company, and Cornerstone Burger Company. Northfield is a quick drive to the state capital in Montpelier, Central Vermont Medical Center, and also to I89.
For more information on this or any other house for sale in Northfield, call Green Light Real Estate at 802-485-9000, or email Info@GreenLightRealEstate.com.