1874 – Lowell, MA – $649,000

For Sale
National Register
Added to OHD on 2/14/18 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 71 Comments
386 Andover St, Lowell, MA 01852

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The Historic Hoyt house Victorian Mansion located in Belvidere is a work of art from an era gone by.This restored Stick style/Eastlake Victorian is a part of the Hoyt-Shedd Estate. The home is a grand house, & it s full of so many beautiful & unique features. It took 2 yrs to build &craftsmen were brought in from Europe. The exterior & grounds are elegant w/breath taking views of the Merrimack River. Inside the gracious, period-perfect home you enter into an L shaped foyer w/impressive curved mahogany stair case & leaded stained glass doors. The high ceilings are framed by wide plaster moldings & many of the HW floors are bordered w/mahogany inlay. 2 lrg front parlors w/FP's w/marble mantles. Also several ornate plaster ceiling medallions. KIT w/Viking stove & original baking prep pantry. Grand formal DR w/marble FP. Butler's pantry featuring leaded stained glass transoms & copper sink. 2nd flr are 3 BR's & master suite.
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Bruce, Owner      978-852-9366
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71 Comments on 1874 – Lowell, MA – $649,000

  1. Wow, Wow and Wow! I won’t list everything I like about this house, but I have to say that I LOVE that butler’s pantry. Not that it outshines the rest of the house, but it is one of the better examples (OMG – that sink!) still retaining its originality, that I’ve seen.

  2. The interior is not what I expected at all: it’s on a scale altogether larger than I would have imagined, and with some great surprises. The scale and proportion and detailing of the interiors makes for one great space after another. I might make cosmetic changes to some of the wall finishes, etc., but aside from those comparatively small changes the interior is more than fine as is.

    On the exterior, the low red sandstone retaining wall/terrace looks a little at odds, but it makes sense when seen in the street view in tandem with the very similar masonry house next door (and in the historic photo at the MACRIS link on the Wiki entry for the house: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoyt-Shedd_Estate)

    Great house, and a neighborhood of great houses.

  3. We talk a lot about the ‘gilded age’ of Victoriana and this house certainly fits the bill. The staircase is a work of art, the period wall artwork. Nice antiques (I’d draw exception to some of the reproduction pieces) but it all integrates well. This would be 2-3 mil in any major real estate market. This would be one house I’d hate to part with.

  4. The thud that you just heard was me fainting….
    This is a magnificent home, that rounded staircase alone is swoon worthy. To list everything I love about this stunning house would take days… I wouldn’t change a thing!

  5. Well I am the owner of this 23 room mansion. This had been my love and passion for the past 10 &1/2 years. Once unlivable now grand to the period . Yes I am devastated to leave, but it is time for a new lover of a piece of history. I am listed well below market value . Please contact my agent at William Ravies

    • Cmon Bruce keep the house and I’ll move into it with you lol..it’s gorgeous and has so much character, I love it. Not something I’d ever be able to afford myself but a girl can dream.

    • You’ve done a magnificent job with this home. I can see you love it. So sorry you have to leave, but, if you’re like me, you’ll fall into a new project with gusto. May God bless you in your next endeavor.

    • Bruce, your home is above and beyond words!!!! Wish you all the best with your new love!!!!!

  6. Bruce -Thanks so much for adding to the beauty of Lowell. With all of these kudos from all over I really hope you get a lot more than your asking price! It deserves a lot more. Hope you’ll stay here & put your great stamp on something else.

  7. What don’t I love about this house! The wallpaper is beautiful, the staircase, everything is so well maintained!

  8. Bruce, not sure if you will see this message or not, but are you selling the fixtures and window treatments with the home? I was also wondering if the electrical had been upgraded throughout the home. My partner and I are looking for a large Victorian in Massachusetts and both think your home is tremendously handsome.

    • You should come visit my home. I can give you a personalized tour with all the history. The drapes which I have made upwards of $9,000 in fabric are included. Light fixtures I the front rooms are excluded and are for sale or can be worked out with a buyer of the home . Their have been some electrical upgrades . Your welcome to contact be at b.a.macaulay@gmail.com . This a truly a one of a kind property on a beautiful street of stunning properties .

      • Lord – I don’t blame you for holding those fixtures out for separate sale. That Mitchell-Vance, Longwy, fixture is just spectacular. Was wondering if it and the art glass in the front doors were original to the house? Cheers! 🙂
        BTW: here is the one I lust after: https://flic.kr/p/p8LjBW

  9. This home is breath taking. Words do not do it justice. The pictures are gorgeous but let me tell you, if you have an opportunity to see it in person don’t pass it up. The details put into this home is something you just don’t see anymore. You can tell that no expense was spared back in 1874 or with this current owner! I can just picture lavish parties and walking down that grand staircase in a wedding dress!

  10. i don’t like wallpaper… but with this house it just fits. as busy as it is it works.
    the stairs are magnificent. wish i had the money!

  11. I am the home owner

    I honestly have completely fallen back I love with my dream home. Many of the decor comments made on here made a lot of sense to me. Much tie in with the kitchen has been made with richer colors, window treatments and a 11 ft floor to ceiling china cabinet . I have also started the process of changing the out side colors . Stayed toon on that one. As far as some of the wall finishes that have been commented on they are original frescos from the late 1800’s I discovered under layers of wallpaper

    • I did like the green color it was beforehand. Sorry to see you are moving on. I love that you have shared the house with so many people over the years. As a bnb as a event site and now as a coliving Home Kudos to you.

  12. Really? i thought those frescos were wall paper…. they are beautiful.
    what is the name of the blue wall paper in the sitting room??w

    what color are you thinking for the outside?

  13. Yes the frescos are imbedded into the plaster painted by Italian artisans late 1800s . I know the hall was done in the same theme to include the ceiling but thinking may be lost and probably a bit too much. Exterior is going to be a radical change, I will post pics on my progress. Burt pumpkin is the body with autum leaves as the trim with other accents . I also am gilding many of the details . I have spent 12 years up keeping the last owners color scheme about time I expressed my personality which is spot on high style Victorian . Hoping you like

    • Oh yeah. Those colors are RICH! How about that English basement! Would love to see more of THAT too. This house is just too RAD!

      • Hey! My uncle owned that house when these pictures were taken. He was very mindful to keep the decor as true to the period when it was built as possible. He did a stellar job, of course.

        The basement was very dark as I remember and unfinished. It was a doctor’s practice at one point and there was tons of antique medical equipment but I do not believe the basement has been refinished as of yet.

  14. Uncle Bruce I love seeing all the spectacular work you do on this home. I have many fond memories there and seeing it change and improve makes my heart happy. I hope all is going well and that you continue to do incredible work.

  15. It’s wonderful encouragement like this that keeps me going strong. I am living my restoration dream and plan to continue to creat great memories . Thank you Katie

    • Wowski! Gorge. Puts my scraping and painting efforts this summer to shame! Really love the palate; and the gilt effects on the decorative elements are LUXXXXXE. Nice.

  16. Back on the market, new paint job! I kept the old comments above so some are from when this was posted in 2014. Moved to front page.

    The exterior colors chosen, hands down my favorite exterior paint choices ever.

    If you’d like to see the before exterior:

    • The shade of green is absolutely perfect, an absolutely astonishing improvement from the golden brownish color. What an awesome example of Victoriana. The staircase is breathtaking, uou can almost visualize uourself descending it slowly in uour Victorian dress. I love, love, love that home; the kind of home you walk into & feel instantly like you belong. I absolutely love the homes from this time period.

  17. Wow! Impressive inside and out, to say the least. Price seems beyond reasonable for such size and quality. At least compared to CA prices anyway.

  18. These are not the paint colors I would have chosen, which is why you shouldn’t let me choose paint colors. These are perfect, inside and out.

  19. If I ever fall down a staircase I hope it looks like this one. I can go out in style. This house is over the top. In a very good way.

  20. Oh, my dear God. I am truly speechless…there is just so much to love in this home. Bruce, my most heartfelt congratulations to you for your efforts, expense and wonderful taste in restoring this property. I have no idea why you would be parting with it and it’s none of my business, but if I had a fraction of what it would cost to maintain and live in, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Just stunning.

    • Actually, this house couldn’t be replaced. They don’t make the details, fixtures, etc. like this anymore. Unfortunately, we OHD’rs are living in the wrong era I’m afraid.

  21. Wow the house is awesome. I love everything about it especially all of the frescos. Amazing the colors are wonderful. Stunning work! What is the town like?

  22. The chandeliers take my breath away. And the frescos. In Boulder, CO you get a 3 bed 1960’s ranch house for this price. Of course it is 65 degrees today, probably a bit chillier in Lowell, so there is that.

  23. I can’t compliment this house or the gentleman that restored her enough. I think most of us are likely blown away right now. “Beautiful” doesn’t cut it.

  24. May I make a comment on how uniformly intelligent ALL of the people commenting are. I am in complete awe of your appreciation for these homes and your intelligence. Truly, may I absorb a handful of your knowledge! I am so impressed daily by the remarks made.

  25. Just fabulous – thanks Bruce!

    Good luck with selling the place. You’ve set a very high bar for the new owner to improve on the overall look and decor.

  26. Do not sell this magnificent home. You will regret it the rest of your life. Looks like a castle.

  27. I call shotgun on being Bruce’s personal assistant for his next project! People retire to here, in sunny warm Florida, Mr. Bruce! I scrolled through this beauty at a snail’s pace. Each photo offered so much to see. I love, love, love the color choice outside! That staircase is what everyone dreams of, the butler pantry, the trim/crown moldings, that d/r floor, transom windows, decor…Oh, the list just goes on and on to ..infinity. Bring it south Bruce, I can’t wait to start my new “job”.

  28. Love the staircase. Love the stained glass windows, but would have gone a different direction on the house color. As nice as it is on the inside, I think the outside should have pop too. I would love to hold a period dinner party in the house.

  29. Speechless! Absolutely beautiful! The outside color change turned an ugly duckling into a Swan! Oh to have lived in that time period. I missed my chance by a hundred years.

  30. Standing and applauding. Wowza, Bruce! The place is fab (that stairway! that butler’s pantry!), and the updated exterior paint job is simply perfect. Your hard work will be appreciated by old home lovers for years to come. Bravo!

  31. Wow! This is one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen on this site. I love everything about it.

  32. I want to know the story of the house next to it. There are so many similarities, it had to have a tie in to this house.

  33. This wonderful, amazing mansion is beyond description. It embodies all one could dream of in a gilded age beauty , and much more.
    Bruce, the love and respect and passion for your beautiful home and all the loving improvements you’ve made shines through as if your spirit and love is abound in it.
    I wish with all my heart my husband and I coukd be the next caretakers and protector of this architectural piece of Art!! It has all we are looking for and then some . If it were only iN THE South East😟. We currently live in North
    Florida and are looking in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia. Trying to stay a few hours from kids and young grandchildren. It’s so hard to find something of this caliber in the south. There are great Southern Greek Revivals,
    Plantation homes, Georgian revivals. All gorgeous…. just not heart stopping as your gem.
    Best of luck ! May the new owners love it as you have! And may your future endeavors bring you joy!

  34. As others have commented, this fine period home is wonderful in almost every way. I like the newer paint colors selection. The c. 1876 Watts-Sherman house in Newport, RI, is widely recognized as the first Queen Anne style house built in the U.S.. The architect was the renowned Henry H. Richardson. Assuming the 1874 construction date is correct, I see characteristic Queen Anne details in the cantilevered turret and upper “candle snuffer” dormer with an ornamental balustrade. Was this part of a slightly later update? Also, the stained glass panels in the entry door look to be 1880’s versions rather than from 1874. In the mid-1870’s, much of the stained glass was painted and fused like Church windows. In no way do any of these apparent later stylistic updates detract from this mansion grade home but I was curious to learn if some later updates occurred? Is the architect known? I truly believe Bruce when he says he feels devastated having to put this dream Victorian on the market-I think most of us would feel the same way. I can only hope one of our Old House Dreamers becomes the next lucky owner.

    • I seem to remember reading this home was originally built in the Stick style and likely remodeled sometime in the 1880’s to include the Queen Anne elements. Regardless, the exterior is stunning, and the paint scheme perfect.

      • Thanks, Charleston John! An 1880’s update would dovetail nicely with its current appearance. The exterior is indeed stunning and one of my all-time favorites here.

  35. Jaw dropping!! Everything! Pantry unbelievably rich! Need to win a lottery And inquire about furnishings too. Wow worth every penny!

  36. Dear Uncle Bruce, this is your long lost niece Carolyn E. Just wanted you to know how much I love the “family home,” and as such, am willing to move right in to keep this magnificent gem in the family. I promise to do you proud!

  37. You have know idea how much your words of encouragement mean to me . The color change actually came from you guys last time I was on the market. The color was drab now the house really shines. I am still in love with this home soon to be featured in Victorian Homes magazine. I feel my work is now complete, time for a new prodject where I can save another home. Again thank you


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