On the Market: A Cheerful, Historical Gem in Westborough
This colorful, 140-year-old charmer comes outfitted with its original stained glass windows and a hand-painted cast iron hearth.
9 Central St., Westborough
Size: 3,100 square feet
If you’ve ever dreamed of shrinking down and heading off to live in a charming antique doll house (hey, we know Mass. real estate prices are tough), here’s your chance to inhabit one in IRL—or at least a Victorian home that’s equally as enchanting as one. The dwelling: an 1880 home built for the superintendent of a prominent straw hat factory, complete with a Mansard roof, colorful clapboard exterior, and a covered front porch. The home’s burgundy-hued, arched front doors open into a foyer with a grand, curved staircase, and what follows is room after room of intricate original moldings, plaster medallions, and vintage hardware.
The first space beyond the entryway is a sunny sitting room with large windows and decorated with ornately patterned wallpaper. Nearby, a small nook with an antique wet bar and butler’s pantry connects the room to another living area. The showpiece here? An original, hand-painted cast iron hearth that brings both character and warmth to the space.
Close by, a roomy kitchen with a cheerful aura (thanks to lime green walls and black and white checkered floors) connects to an outdoor deck for easy al fresco dining. The kitchen also leads to a mudroom: a cozy spot with wood-paneled walls and a few dazzling details, such as an original stained glass window laid into the exterior door. There’s another stained glass window in the first-floor bathroom, which features a pull-chain flush, antique tub, and pedestal sink.
While the home’s second level does comprise four bedrooms, including one at the far end of the hall that could make for a suitable office, the property actually has an even better alternative for your remote lifestyle. The carriage house, located next to the main home, offers a second-floor loft that’s the perfect place for getting work done or simply enjoying some solitude.
Serenity also comes in spades out on the grounds, where in addition to a well-maintained front lawn, you’ll find a sprawling rear patio surrounded by lush greenery that offers a welcome sense of privacy for this whimsical, centrally located abode.
For information, contact Hilary Bovey, Engel & Volkers Concord, hilarybovey.evrealestate.com.
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