On the Market: A 250-Year-Old Former Bakery in Marblehead
Pre-dating the Revolutionary War, this home is rich with historical charm.
9 Merritt St., Marblehead
Size: 2,135 square feet
This extraordinary Marblehead home is older than the United States’ own founding. Built in 1772, this antique abode is like stepping into a time capsule. Brick ovens, wood-paneled walls, and a fieldstone foundation were originally carefully constructed by baker John Bradish. In its early years, the dwelling served as Bradish’s homestead, as well as the site of his second bakery. The city celebrates the property’s story so much that the Marblehead Museum once hosted a “historic house party” inside of it.
In the living room, an impressive space marked by eggshell blue-trimmed windows and a wraparound stone ledge, a huge beehive oven anchors the home. Brick-paved floors indicate the area where locals once flocked to buy homemade loaves, and the coziness of a bake shop still permeates the room’s bones. Though the massive hearth once helped raise many a glutinous confection, the new addition of an electric stove lends itself to more modern day recipes.
The kitchen also sports a dishwasher, as well as plenty of weathered wood cupboards, now fixed with under-cabinet lighting. Shades of salmon, blue-green, and periwinkle adorn some walls as well as splashy floral wallpaper, but the majority of the home is graced by the natural tones of brick, pine, and stone.
Batten doors and interior shutters also add to the throwback appeal, making this four-bedroom house with 9-foot ceilings feel like a cozy cottage. A gambrel roof graces the Colonial frame, creating a semi-sloped ceiling on the third floor to fit in with the home’s many alcoves and crevices. It might feel like there’s a wonderful new quirk waiting around every corner of this property—and in a home this old, there probably is.
For information, contact Dick McKinley or Matthew Dolan of Team Harborside, Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty, teamharborside.com
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