On the Market: A Victorian Home That Once Housed a Newspaper
Now's your chance to own a little bit of the town of Harvard's history: the former home of The Harvard Post is now up for sale.
53 Bolton Road, Harvard
Size: 7,025 square feet
Bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half
If you’re a sucker for a good tale, this is the home for you, as this property was itself the birthplace of many, many stories. This white clapboard Victorian once served as the home of The Harvard Post, a local newspaper founded by civic activist and entrepreneur Ed Miller in the 1970s. It’s easy to imagine reporters trying to make their deadlines as they watched the sunset over the nearby mountains, enjoying a cup of coffee in the light-filled space that’s now a living room, or sitting on the wraparound farmers porch overlooking a backyard pond as they brainstormed story ideas. And if you want to follow in their footsteps, this house not only offers inspiration in its lush yards and storied past, but plenty of space where you can escape in order to create your own literary works.
But the house wasn’t built to be a newsroom—it predates the paper, which closed in 2013. It was built in 1898 and has gone between being a home and a newsroom over the decades, and can be used as a two-family home in the future. Despite sporting a style akin to the time it was built, with its four fireplaces and patina paint, you won’t have to worry about the interior feeling dated. A recently refreshed kitchen boasts new stainless-steel appliances, along with custom cabinets, slate countertops, a kitchen island, and pendant lights. Throughout the home, enjoy hardwood floors, custom-crafted doors, and soaring ceilings, which add just the contemporary right touch to this historic structure.
Should the history of this house inspire you to want to take pen to paper yourself, you needn’t go too far for your own personal writing retreat. While this home is dazzling from the front, with its winding trellised porch, classic green shutters, and stately gable, there’s even more hidden treasures throughout the three-acre lot upon which it sits. Follow the wraparound porch to find steps descending into a lush landscape that leads directly to town conservation land and trails. With a pond, stone wall, basketball hoop, and circular drive within your own yard, you may not want to explore further than your own back yard. But the crown jewel of this outdoor oasis is the Henry David Thoreau-inspired cabin by the outdoor pond. Maybe you’ll become the state’s next great literary talent with all that space and inspiration to create.
For more information, contact Jennifer Russo, Compass, compass.com.
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