For Sale/Rent

On the Market: A Cozy Nantucket Cottage with Cathedral Ceilings

The front of the house maintains the flooring and fireplace from the 1800s, but find a surprisingly spacious and contemporary entertaining space out back.


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8 East Dover Street, Nantucket
Price: $2,495,000
Size: 1,820 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3

Erin Wilson was living in Paris when she decided to take a chance on a Quaker-style cottage halfway around the world on Nantucket. She knew she wanted to buy a house that she could renovate and leave a mark on, much like her parents did to the old farmhouse she grew up in.

The fruits of her labor resulted in a homey cottage that’s old school in the front and modern in the back. During the full renovation, Wilson kept the historic essence in the front part of the home, maintaining the original fireplaces and pine floor from when it was built in 1835, as well as the shingled exterior that makes this house look like a simple whaling cottage from the street. But head to the back of the home and you’ll find a different story. This renovated addition hosts a large kitchen and dining area Wilson designed with entertaining in mind. With enough space for a 12-person table, you’ll have plenty of space for guests who will be wowed by the cathedral ceilings and Viking appliances in the kitchen.

A licensed realtor with Fisher Real Estate (which is also selling her home), Wilson used her knowledge and skills from her job to turn this antique property into the find of a home buyer’s dreams. From the private patio surrounded by trimmed hedges to the central air conditioning system for unbearably warm summer nights, she thought of everything a homeowner might want, whether they use the home in the summer or use it year-round, as Wilson has done in the past. She also renovated the home’s three bathrooms, one of which can be found in the main bedroom suite on the back of the house.

“It’s an awesome combo of old and new,” says listing agent Brian Sullivan. “You can sit in the front living room and envision yourself in 1835 with the other members of your whale ship living next door…and then walk into the kitchen and host a dinner party for twelve on your six-burner range.”

Not only is the house coming partially furnished, but Wilson, who is currently renting the home, has been hard at work making it move-in ready, from painting the exterior trim to replacing the sidewalk. It’s not something every seller would do, but to her, this isn’t just any house.

“I just hope someone will move in and really appreciate the home and the antique piece that’s part of it,” she says. “It’s definitely been a labor of love. I certainly hope the next owner will enjoy it.”

For more information, contact Brian Sullivan, Fisher Real Estate, fishernantucket.com.

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