1874 – Lowell, MA – $699,000

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Added to OHD on 2/14/18   -   Last OHD Update: 9/19/18   -   75 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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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 8913 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I know, I had to look three times before posting to be sure the price was correct! I can’t imagine how much it would cost if it were sitting around here.

  2. Vicki F says: 72 comments

    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.

  3. Graham says: 162 comments

    Now that’s a staircase!
    What a great house.

  4. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 458 comments

    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.

  5. Paul WPaul W says: 574 comments

    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.

  6. MarionMarion says: 84 comments

    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!

  7. Bruce says: 9 comments

    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

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 8913 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      You’ve done a wonderful job with it! Good luck on selling it, it’s a gorgeous home.

    • Brandy Gray says: 2 comments

      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.

    • William Walkington says: 41 comments

      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.

    • Cindy says: 28 comments

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

  8. Bruce Macaulay says: 9 comments

    Thank you

  9. LORENZO says: 1 comments

    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.

  10. Theresa Feeney says: 16 comments

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

  11. Blake Mauney says: 6 comments

    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.

    • Bruce macaulay says: 9 comments

      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 .

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 3890 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        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

  12. Shannon says: 1 comments

    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!

  13. mspwhite says: 3 comments

    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!

  14. Bruce Macaulay says: 9 comments

    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

    • Joe Wolfenden says: 2 comments

      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.

  15. mspwhite says: 3 comments

    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?

  16. Bruce Macaulay says: 9 comments

    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

  17. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8913 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Here is a snippet of the paint scheme Bruce sent in. Oh boy, can’t wait to see the full house painted like this!!!!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 3890 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      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!

      • MyUnclesHouse says: 2 comments

        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.

  18. Katy Schwiebert (Katy Reid) says: 2 comments

    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.

  19. Bruce Macaulay says: 9 comments

    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

  20. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8913 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Updated pics! Thanks to Bruce for sharing, the paint job is amazing!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 3890 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      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.

  21. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8913 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    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:

    • LindaK says: 3 comments

      This paint does not do justice to this amazing house. The new color scheme is stunning

    • Rhea K. says: 1 comments

      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.

  22. Dianna says: 15 comments


  23. MW says: 652 comments

    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.

  24. ddbacker says: 312 comments

    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.

  25. Anne M. says: 486 comments

    Really just a stunning house – and that butler’s pantry is all that & more!

  26. MonChiChiPox says: 210 comments

    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.

  27. Randy C says: 365 comments

    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.

  28. ken says: 50 comments


  29. Jeff Myers says: 62 comments

    Wow. $650 K is probably about 25% of replacement cost for this house!

    • Randy C says: 365 comments

      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.

  30. Debbie Kirsh says: 1 comments

    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?

  31. Linda R says: 214 comments

    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.

  32. Wendy says: 31 comments

    I just had a stairgasm….

  33. Zann says: 522 comments

    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.

  34. Danielle Jensen says: 2 comments

    Beautifully appointed!!

  35. PAUL says: 3 comments

    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.

  36. JimHJimH says: 3584 comments
    OHD Supporter

    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.

  37. Eva Garcia says: 5 comments

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

  38. Clayton Fulkerson says: 16 comments

    Bruce should be paid to stay there. I can think of no better custodian.

  39. Bruce's New Assistant says: 7 comments

    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”.

  40. David DraperDavid Draper says: 37 comments

    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.

  41. PhillipPhillip says: 131 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    Amazing restoration inside and out. Just a total work of art.

  42. Teri says: 83 comments

    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.

  43. Ladyhart says: 15 comments

    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!

  44. Mary H. Dunton says: 23 comments

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

  45. David F. says: 27 comments

    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.

  46. Tina Blalock says: 4 comments

    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!

  47. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4277 comments

    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.

    • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 682 comments

      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.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4277 comments

        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.

  48. Colleen J says: 1307 comments

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

  49. Carolyn E. says: 65 comments

    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!

  50. Bruce macaulay says: 9 comments

    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

  51. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8913 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Two before photos from Bruce:

  52. Kat says: 7 comments

    GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing and brightening my day.

  53. stellabella says: 8 comments

    Bruce ! I’m Australian and I appreciate the craftsmanship , the unpainted timber is my favourite component of these beautiful homes and I believe that they should saved , as they also represent the forest that we’re bountiful at the time ! You don’t neglect and destroy . Besides I see them as big carbon sticks ( I hope ) Bruce I love your choice of colours! Pat yourself on the back , and that’s just the exterior. The interior one word Bruce gobsmacked.

  54. Janet Vodder says: 119 comments

    Outstanding restoration job on a spectacular house. And I am so in love with that one bed!

  55. Lynn says: 68 comments

    I just received my new copy of Victorian Homes and this is the featured house! It shows this house all decorated for Christmas and let me tell you the spread is fantastic! I am so awed by how Bruce restored this mansion. You must get the magazine and read and see for yourself. Just awesome! I love the Boston area and ooh if I was able to, I would buy this home in a heartbeat!

  56. TimothyTimothy says: 156 comments

    This home is beyond amazing! While I have no idea of home prices in Lowell I do know that in where I live (Peoria, IL) this house would be considered a bargain and would already be snapped up by a lucky buyer.

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