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On the Market: A Pastoral Paradise in Princeton with Wachusett Views

Beat the wind-chill by the cast iron AGA stove and fireplaces or live it up in the loft.


Photo by Fred Light

44 Mirick Rd., Princeton
Price: $835,000
Size: 3,224 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 4

This historic Princeton pad is the home of your pastoral fantasies. Picture it: Escaping the rush of clogged I-93 arteries around Boston to wander the tree-dappled nearly 2-acre plot of land that surrounds this 1786 Federal Colonial.

Dubbed the Abner Howe House, this beauty brings all the charm of the past with—thankfully—upgraded technology, like the Sub-Zero fridge and Bosch dishwasher. With a brick chimney running up the center of the home, the open and airy country kitchen serves as the hub for the family. Here, you can sense the warmth where generations have gathered, surrounded by wood hues and those azure built-in cabinets. Besides the familial warmth, you can get cozy from the actual warmth tossed off by the stunner of a cast-iron blue AGA stove and the small wood fireplace at the other end of the kitchen. Both the stove backsplash and the fireplace surround showcase decorative delft tiles—glossy and ornate ceramic artworks that have been made in the Netherlands for centuries. Between the cabinets, island, and tiles, the kitchen is a space that brings on the blues in the best possible sense of the word.

Other things cooking in the kitchen include a large soapstone sink where you can gaze out the window and see Mt. Wachusett. Let the skiers brave the slopes while you wait out the polar vortex with a cup of tea and see what’s brewing in the grand keeping room—a historic kind of living room where families hung out while meals were prepared. Here, the space sings with historic wide pine flooring and a brick fireplace. The first floor also features a window-wrapped formal dining room and living room with an illuminated china cabinet to show-off the heirloom crystal.

Upstairs awaits two guestrooms along with the main bedroom and its adjacent sitting area and bathroom. And key in the time of COVID: The current owners created the walk-up lofted space of the third floor, where beamed ceilings and a soothing white floor carve out a quiet space for Zoom meetings. It’s awaiting new life, maybe as a private library with that reading nook by the window, or as an artist’s studio for painters to capture the ever-changing trees just outside.

For information, contact Maureen Harmonay, Coldwell Banker Realty, coldwellbanker.com.

Photo by Fred Light

Photo by Fred Light

Photo by Fred Light

Photo by Fred Light

Photo by Fred Light

Photo by Fred Light

Photo by Fred Light

Photo by Fred Light

Photo by Fred Light

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