1769 – Marblehead, MA – $1,695,000

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Added to OHD on 12/8/18   -   Last OHD Update: 12/8/18   -   24 Comments
181 Washington St, Marblehead, MA 01945

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  • $1,695,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 4.5 Bath
  • 4559 Sq Ft
  • 0.46 Ac.
OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY! This fabulous antique home built in 1769 is for sale for the first time in 50 years. A unique opportunity to own this special property situated on a 19,870 sq ft piece of land and includes a carriage house/garage and attached gazebo/sun room. The home features 6 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and 6 fireplaces. The wide wood floors throughout the home are gorgeous and waiting to be refinished. Living room has archways on each side of the fireplace. There are wide crown moldings, custom paneling/wainscoting and built-in window seats. The library or family room has a wall of book cases and incredible wood carvings over the fireplace. Parking for 5-6 cars. Needs to be completely renovated but will be a magnificent home when completed. It is situated across from Abbot Hall and in the heart of old town where you can walk to stores, restaurants, beach and the harbor. This home is being sold "As Is"
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24 Comments on 1769 – Marblehead, MA – $1,695,000

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  1. AvatarDoreen says: 231 comments

    Those wide-boards! Oh, be still my ♥!!!

  2. AvatarStevenF says: 766 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Oh my goodness. It’s worth every penny.

  3. TGrantTGrant says: 554 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Wowsers! No revival necessary for this magnificent colonial! Those floorboards, the panelling, that sunken garden! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Your very own miniature Winterthur.

  4. AvatarMarja says: 2 comments

    Holy smokes!!!!! That library! The paneling! I love every bit of this place. Can’t you see it with a candle in each window in the snow? Straight out of a Charles Wysocki painting.

  5. JimHJimH says: 4204 comments
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    Wonderful Georgian house, and its slightly seedy condition adds to its appeal, for me anyway! The 1769 rebuilding of an earlier home for Robert Hooper (1741-1814), a merchant involved in the China Trade. Legend has it that Washington was received here. On a later visit, LaFayette was charmed by the hostess, Polly Glover, the wife of Robert Hooper Jr.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4558 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      This time I believe the legends for some reason; it really does fell right.

    • AvatarDon Carleton says: 249 comments

      No one in 1760s Marblehead was involved in the “China trade”–the Hoopers were fish merchants, exemplars of the “Codfish aristocracy!”

  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 4558 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Not a single peek into the remarkable carriage house – as usual. Also unseen is the fascinating side entrance / probably early addition. The “piano room” is a real stunner. The whole place is a marvel really – AS IS. Wish we could see more.

  7. AvatarBigrog says: 187 comments

    Love those wide board floors,and that library. Kitchen and bath needs updated, and color added to the walls would really make a great improvement.

  8. AvatarKaren says: 626 comments

    Oh boy! Get out the paint chip chart of colors used in the 1760’s, add some stencils, or one of those primitive murals showing off the owners’ business or land or whatever, gut the kitchen and bathrooms, and we’re in business! Doesn’t that library scream, “Lets retire, gentlemen, to pour port and cigars”? Dark, but I love the fireplace and shelves in there. And you could do a lot with that back yard!

    • AvatarDon Carleton says: 249 comments

      The library is a fun contrast to the other “high Georgian” spaces. You get to live in the 18th century and experience the late Gilded Age in the same house!

  9. Avatarhistoricnehomes says: 3 comments
    1890 Farmhouse

    Could there be a beehive oven still lurking around in there anywhere?

  10. Avatarr myers says: 28 comments

    great floors and paneling – but a little disappointed in the kitchen for a fine home as this – unless this was not the main kitchen. Love the exterior & land.

  11. AvatarJu ju bee says: 49 comments

    Remove some wall paper & repaint….add new kitchen appliances & you have a wonderful abode! Wow !

  12. Barbara VBarbara V says: 346 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    It breaks my heart that there are real estate agents that would look at this and decide a “complete renovation” is necessary…

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 949 comments
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      1947 Ranch

      True Barbara. There’s nothing wrong with this lovely place. Realtors look at this and think granite and stainless. What I think is that history just oozes out of every plank, every brick and every shelf in that library and step in the staircase. Why do we not follow our friends across the pond and protect our historic homes? Why, in England, this house would be considered “barely out of short pants”.

  13. AvatarChrisICU says: 557 comments

    And a Harry Potter room under the stairs – what a charming house

  14. AvatarJKleeb says: 156 comments

    Love everything, especially the kitchen and bathroom—prefer it not all glammed up.

  15. AvatarAnn says: 100 comments

    OH MY! That room with the piano and those window archways flanking the fireplace. Stunning house.

  16. Avatarzoomey says: 501 comments

    The words “needs to be completely renovated” chill my heart! What a beautiful house. I first visited Marblehead as a child, and was enchanted by the place then. I’ve always wanted to live there, and would buy this place in an instant should the lottery bless me. Those wide board floors are dazzling as are all the details of the stairway and woodwork throughout the house. I fear the loss of the old counters and the ancient plumbing. It is so exquisitely beautiful just as it is right now. Sigh.

  17. AvatarGregory_K says: 356 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    This is the sort of house that is often brutally updated to make bathrooms big enough to skate in, and a trendy kitchen straight out of a decorating magazine, where the names involved are more important than the design for which they’re responsible.
    With taste and restraint, it’s possible to design a kitchen that looks like it belongs there, and not an appliance showroom, and create attractive bathrooms that don’t resemble those in pretentious condos.
    I wish I had the money to buy it, and repair it so it still looks like an old house, and not a suburban copy of itself.

  18. AvatarMISTERMICELY says: 62 comments

    It looks to me as if the carvings over the library fireplace have been taken from another, much earlier, house as the style is of the type found in Elizabethan or even Jacobean houses as is the linenfold panelling that was so popular at the time. Salvaged carved panelling like this was used in making newer pieces of furniture to give them the appearance of great age. But it looks well where it is and is preserved at least. There are so many lovely features in this house that it makes me, and possibly many others, remember another beautiful house on these pages that was ‘updated’ with quite tragic results.

  19. AvatarAmy P. says: 219 comments

    Absolutely gorgeous! So much detail and trim work.

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