1853 Italianate – Cheshire, MA

SOLD / Archived From 2014
Added to OHD on 3/12/14 - Last OHD Update: 3/30/19 - 42 Comments
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  • $140,000
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Bath
  • 7769 Sq Ft
  • 8.3 Ac.
This huge, 7800 square foot, 1850's home in the heart of Cheshire has old charm with multiple fire places and hard wood floors throughout. It has over 8 acres of land. The home does need many renovations to make the house liveable (it does not have a kitchen) but it is structurally sound.
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Matthew J Foley, Steepleview Realty      413-743-5903
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42 Comments on 1853 Italianate – Cheshire, MA

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  1. AvatarCody H. says: 150 comments

    Excuse me, but can I buy that gorgeous black mantle…?!

  2. AvatarCody H. says: 150 comments

    I just can’t quite tell if its ebonized wood or black marble…either way, its an amazing piece!

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  3. AvatarSteve says: 165 comments

    I’ve seen similar mantels that were actually marblized cast iron.

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  4. AvatarBetsy says: 167 comments

    A lovely home in a lovely setting.

  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    I don’t know about dust particles, but the place does give off a sense of creepy.. Many changes to this old gal in 170 years, that’s for sure. The cast iron mantle is the only remaining original fire surround shown; the others date to right around 1900. Wish they’d given us a close up of the tile mural on the one; looks like a beach scene with lighthouse from a distance.. Agent says no kitchen but I spy a perfectly good mid-nineteenth century cooking fireplace and oven there in the English basement. All you need is a set of good cast iron ware and a cauldron and you’re in business.. Great barn! This place fascinates me for reasons I can’t explain. Somehow I feel it has a very interesting story.. Sure wish there were 50 more pix of basement, attic, and barn.. Sigh – – -…

  6. MarionMarion says: 84 comments

    Looks like Delft tiles, with a typical windmill scene in that tile mural over the fireplace.

    I get a sense that you would be alone living there 😉
    Cue theme music from *The Twilight Zone*…LOL

    It’s a very interesting property, I like the large rooms and the barn is great!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Delft windmill! Of course.. Derrrrr…

      I spent some bit of time searching for info. on this house but could find nothing specific; although I suspect it may have been a large dairy farm.. Interesting factoid: When Thomas Jefferson first won the presidency, the townspeople, who were very many dairy farmers, all contributed so much curd each to form a 1,235.00 pound block of cheese which was shipped by wagon and boat to Washington for the president. Of the two public monuments in town, one commemorates the “Giant Cheese”. 😉

  7. AvatarIvy says: 1 comments

    This home is so super beautiful. I love old creepy huge houses. Would love to know its history and who lived there during what time periods. I wish I could live there.

  8. AvatarTheresa Feeney says: 16 comments

    That house has good bones for it’s age!

  9. AvatarNicole says: 6 comments

    My Husband and I negotiated on this house with the sellers for 2months … we accepted their counter offer and before they signed their own counter offer they sold the house to a cash buyer that materialized once we negotiated the price down from $195k. Of course we are heartbroken because this was an amazing property but it is clear this gorgeous home will likely be destroyed and not restored (like we had intended to do). To answer some of your questions, the black mantle is cast iron and there was a kitchen the appliances and all the cabinets excepot for the sink cabinet had been removed. The listing agent was a newbie and the sellers inherited the property and it was clear had never bought/sold a house before.

  10. AvatarNicole says: 6 comments

    Oh, also some history. The current owner is a woman in her 90s (though her sons were handling the sale) and she inherited the property from her parents. Her parents purchased it from a prominent lawyer and continued to run the house as a boarding house/Inn. It was known as The Cedars since the late 1880s. A woman did die in the house, she fell and broke her leg and died later of her injuries. The best part of the house was not shown in the listing is the 3rd floor servants quarters and the cupola.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Thanks’ very much for commenting Nicole. So sorry you lost out on the property. I know how much that hurts when you are really passionate about a house.. The best parts of old houses, basements, attics, outbuildings, are almost never shown, unfortunately. Don’t suppose you took any pictures yourself? 😉

  11. AvatarNicole says: 6 comments

    Yes, I have hundreds of photos … not sure how to share them though.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Nice! I use Flickr for image sharing. It’s not trendy and cool, but it is free, and you can upload nearly limitless photos. Here is a link to my page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/regulusalpha/ Just click on the icon top left to sign up. After you upload the images, cut and paste the link to your page here in the comments so we can all enjoy them. Can’t wait to see them! Hope you will subscribe to this site too and join us in the love of unique, old houses. There are lots of great old houses, and you may just find one here. Cheers! Jeff

    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 263 comments

      Nicole, I am so sorry you lost the bid. That is painful. I am glad to read that the couple who did buy the house are going to renovate though! Yippee for that. Can you see if Wendy can upload the photos for you? I would love to see more. I really love this house too.. (I am sure there will be more coming into the market so hang in there.)

  12. AvatarNicole says: 6 comments

    Also, if anyone is interested … a similar grand Victorian is on the market with a slate mansard roof right down the street. It is in rough shape and being sold as is for $29900 thru the same company that listed this property.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Interesting ————
      http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/66-Depot-St-Cheshire-MA-01225/59222238_zpid/

      • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10080 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        You beat me linking to it by one minute! lol

        Emailed Nicole, she’s going to send in pics of the Italianate. 🙂

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Isn’t that great! Wonder what kind of “personal property” it includes? That’s the kind of place I really LOVE to see.

          Hehehe. That’s cool. I really like this house a lot, and look fwd. to seeing her pix!

          • AvatarAl says: 6 comments

            Hi–my boyfriend and I just bought the house above. I wasn’t aware of Nicole’s circumstances, and I know how painful it is to lose a house, because we lost one under similar circumstances last year. On the other hand, we will be restoring the house (probably over a long period), and we are incredibly excited/intimidated!

            • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10080 comments
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              1901 Folk Victorian
              Chestatee, GA

              You bought the North St home or the Depot St one? Congratulations! 🙂

              • AvatarAl says: 6 comments

                North Street! It’s enough of a challenge. I think Depot St. is in tatters.

                • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 263 comments

                  Al, so happy to read that you will be restoring the home. If Kelly lets you, (and I think she would,) please share the photos as you update!

                • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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                  1875 Italianate cottage
                  Noblesville, IN

                  Wow, that’s great Al! Congrats to you and he. I wish I had an enthusiastic better half to help me with all the projects to do on my old house. Of course, mine is just 1,400 sg’, not 8,000(!), so good thing you have some help. Really love this place. My favorite room shown is the original kitchen in the English basement. Sure would be nice to cozy up to that broad and welcoming hearth on a cold winters day.. Have fun! Keep us posted.. Jeff

        • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 263 comments

          yea! I knew you would Wendy! Are they already uploaded or is there more to come? I hope so….

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10080 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Saw that one earlier today, they have it listed as a tear down. Did you see it in person? link

  13. AvatarNicole says: 6 comments

    It is right on route 8 so we drove past it several times but have not gone inside. It is really beautiful, has been owned by a developer who tried to tear it down and put in a commercial/food or franchise sort of business but the town would not allow it. So he has allowed it to rot and lists the property for sale now and again. It is in terrible condition, but it still looks solid & sound.

    • AvatarElaine says: 140 comments

      Nicole, I’m so sorry ya’ll lost the house, I know it must really hurt. Those first 4 pictures of the outside and grounds in the snow, it is just a storybook house. Do ya’ll want to be in that particular area, or can you go anywhere you find the right house?

      I had thought if they made a counteroffer, that they were bound by that unless you didn’t sign it. I feel ya!

    • AvatarBarry Emery says: 1 comments

      Nicole, please get in touch with me as I am giving a lecture this summer on Historic Homes of Cheshire and would like to ask you a question.
      thank you

  14. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10080 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Uploaded photos from the new owner, Alison. All photos after the street view photo are from her.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Wow. I’ve seen a chimney branch off into two separate stacks before, but that on is positively doing the splits! Great detail shots. Cool spaces. Those log trusses are great; and that’s QUITE a hefty door in the basement. This is the kind of place I could spend HOURS in poking around finding all sorts of interesting bits and details.

      Hope you’ll still consider posting the other 182 images on Flicker or some such free photo sharing site Al. I would love to see them all. This house is just fascinating! Jeff

  15. AvatarElaine says: 140 comments

    Oh, THANKS for putting more pictures of it! You got some great ones! And is really nice seeing the house at a different time, with grass around. would be WONDERFUL if we could see them all with all 4 seasons, wouldn’t it? (Or in Florida, all 2 seasons we have!)

    I LOVE that huge door, and the stairway is really pretty! Hope you can keep adding some pictures, they are wonderful!

    Jeff, I’m glad you got to see more pictures, like you wanted. I’m really surprised the realtor missed all those! The realtors never know. It can be just ONE picture of something he might not even LIKE, that sells the house to somebody! We know all about that, don’t we!!!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      We do indeed Elaine. Hehehe. Most agents are daftly clueless when it comes to presenting an antique house for sale. Often, where they see “needs major improvement”, the buyer they are looking to attract sees “splendidly preserved, with tons of character, and worlds of possibilities”. Unfortunately that is why many of them include only a few pix, or none at all in their listings. It never fails to surprise me just how many sellers employ these folks to market their antique properties. It’s always refreshing to see a great, weathered and worn property properly presented…

  16. Avatarjohn drake says: 16 comments

    My wife and I spent an afternoon looking at this house very closely this past fall. It’s an amazing house. The bones are terrific. The ceilings really high, vast open hallways and rooms. Very grand. The spaces are priceless. No kitchen but there are a number of rooms on the 1st floor to create one. Seller actually had a kitchen on the 2nd floor (don’t ask). Basement is amazing with walk-out french doors to what could be a patio. All the original details are there (at least from the last redecorating in the 19th century). Third floor was not very useful with no heat and will require a lot of work. Half-baked addition on the back could be converted into presentable usable space. Outbuildings are tear down except for the barn which needs a lot of work. Very big acreage for in town. I wanted to buy this house since it isn’t far from Berkshire cultural activities. We didn’t buy it solely for the location (which always seems to be the main issue in this part of the country). The house is right on Route 8 and is not set back. Gas station and mini-mart across the street, surrounding houses aren’t that nice, neighborhood wasn’ great. If it were a few miles away in a rural setting I’d have bought it for twice the price. It’s an awesome house. Needs a lot of work, but is basically solid. The price is a steal (even with a ton of work needed like repairing the rotted soffits and major mechanicals). If someone wants to be in-town in that area it’s fantastic.

    • AvatarAl says: 6 comments

      Hi John,
      I’m glad you like the house. We are still completely in love. You are so right about the location—Route 8 is its big drawback. I will say, however, that the gas station is not right across the street—it’s down the hill, and there are a couple of nice houses around, although plenty of very modest ones, too. Cheshire is quite charming, with houses, many older than ours, that are beautifully maintained. My boyfriend and I have had several great conversations with the 103-year-old former owner. She now lives next door, and she’s a wonderful, sweet woman. Our house is still completely uninhabitable. We’ve already managed a classic newbie move: we were keeping the house minimally heated, paying for a ton of oil—but not enough. Because we don’t live in the area yet, we didn’t realize how much oil the place uses. That’s right, no oil, no heat, frozen pipes, cracked radiators. Luckily, the water pipes were already drained, so it was just the heating system.

      We’ve had the existing plans of the house drawn up, and the architect who did them for us is now drawing up a revision with changes we’d like. One thing that might interest you is that we are taking off the latest addition to the back–you may recall its construction is much poorer than the rest of the house. After we get the new plans, I guess we’ll ask for bids from several contractors. Exciting, expensive, and slow!

  17. Avatarjohn drake says: 16 comments

    Hi Alison
    That house has a whole lot for an architect to work with. The bedrooms are all there; the baths just need some plumbing work (the tile was OK) and have plenty of character; that 2nd floor “kitchen” could be another bath upstairs since the pipes are there. The 2 huge parlors and library on the 1st floor just need a freshening (and some plaster work here and there). Where an architect could have helped us looking at the place would have been in where to create the kitchen. Huge long room with the fireplace could be a giant keeping room. There was another room off that as well and the trashed pantry could be included as part of that arrangement. It could be a spectacular kitchen/family space. As for the rear addition, there’s a fair amount of rooms and space back there in those chopped up rooms. It’d be cheaper to leave it and once you paint the rear it’ll fit in fine. That cinderblock chimney will be repainted. I’d fix the rear space up and use it for mud room (although the one off the side steps would already be a great one) and tons of storage/work room, etc. Can never have too much storage space at hand. Good luck: it’s truly an amazing house and I liked it a lot. (BTW: get the roof and the rotten soffits fixed ASAP.) John

  18. AvatarAl says: 6 comments

    Thought I would offer an update of our progress so far–which has been extremely slow. We have a wonderful carpenter–the G.C. bids were too high, so we are trying to cobble together a team–and he has done a lot of demo. The upstairs bathroom floors (they were next to each other) ended up being 4 inches of concrete resting on rotting joists. THAT was way more complicated than we anticipated. We are making a kitchen in the first addition in the back of the house. It will be relatively small for such a giant house, but we decided it was best for the layout. We are keeping the plaster walls (if I can learn how to repair them), but we are dropping the ceilings by 4 inches so that pipes and wire can fit. Hands down the most surprising thing is that all the walls–exterior and interior–are made of stacked 2x4s. They are solid wood, with lath and plaster layered on. None of the many contractors, carpenters, etc, who have been in the house have seen anything like it. It must have taken hundreds of trees, probably from the property! I will try to post pictures.

  19. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10080 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Allison for sending in some photos!

  20. AvatarMimi says: 1 comments

    Wow! I read every comment on this post! Are you on Instagram? If so, please share your user name. That is an easy way to share your pictures and renovations.

    • AvatarAl says: 6 comments

      I’m afraid I’m not on Instagram. We’ve made a lot of progress in the past year. We had our inspection for the plumbing rough- in, we finished with the radiant heat for the first floor (the radiators cracked and the pipes would have had to be replaced, so we made the big decision to do radiant. Our electric has been something of a nightmare because of a dispute with our first electrician, but we think we are less than two weeks away from our wire inspection. Because of our budget, we are not able to finish the second floor until we win the lottery. We hope to be in the house in a couple of months.

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