23 Elm St., Newburyport
Size: 1,432 square feet
At 273 years and counting, this adorable Colonial is even older than the town it lives in. Back when it was built, the area was still known as Newberry Plantation, until the quaint town of Newburyport was officially carved out and named in 1764. Thanks to centuries of settlement, the Elm Street abode now sits a few short blocks from a lovely, walkable downtown (think: brick sidewalks dotted with boutiques, cobblestone streets, and a waterfront boardwalk).
Past the fenced-in patio and through the teal front door, this home dishes up plenty of its own 18th-century character. Wooden shutters frame the windows and wide pine flooring date back to the building’s construction—as do all of the fireplaces and mantels. Another quirk of this antique home: Look closely at the wall above the hearths in the living room and the master bedroom, and you’ll see a small cabinet that almost blends into the wall.
Continue upstairs and you’ll encounter a dark wooden ladder—sourced from a ship—which you can clamber up to access the third floor attic. Secluded from the rest of the cozy home, the skylights and exposed brick of the chimney make it an ideal guest room. Or, point a projector up at the slanted ceilings and make the room into your own in-home theater.
For information, contact Jamie Dee Frontiero, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, coldwellbakerhomes.com.
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