On the Market: A Warm and Welcoming Saltbox Home in Auburn
The idyllic single-family is brimming with cherry-hued pine and wood-burning fireplaces, and even sports a tavern-like bar.
234 Millbury St., Auburn
Size: 2,314 square feet
Though the saltbox style of the home—two stories in the front sloping to a single story in the back—may suggest that it was built in the 17th or 18th centuries, this dwelling is actually not an antique at all. Inspired by their affinity for Colonial housing and natural wood, the owners set out to design their dream place in 1997. The outcome is a home that feels like a relic of bygone days, without any of the squeaks and creaks that come with antiquity.
Stepping inside feels like getting a welcoming hug hello—something surely in short supply this year. And that’s all owing to the pine floors, ceilings, posts, and beams, all stained in a cherry hue that gives off a rich red glow. In the kitchen, custom cabinets and panels that hide the appliances uphold the Colonial appearance and punched tin pendant lights made by a Sturbridge-based tinsmith add some enchanting detail. A brick, wood-burning fireplace crackles between the dining room and kitchen, keeping both rooms toasty and creating a comfortable space for guests to lounge while the hosts make dinner.
Down in the basement, another gathering area is equally as snug—and considerably boozier. An oversized fireplace is the focal point of the room, though those looking to warm up from the inside may make a beeline for the bar. All across the ceiling, 100 hooks currently cradle old-fashioned pewter mugs, making the lower-level lounge feel like a tavern. And the rustic aesthetic isn’t just for show: Not one but two barns also occupy the property, one of which is three stories tall, made of weathered wood, and attached to the home. The second is painted in a classic red, sporting two big barn doors and a small cupola atop.
For information, contact William Miller, Coldwell Banker Realty, coldwellbanker.com.
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