1767 – Berlin, CT – $185,000

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Added to OHD on 2/8/19   -   Last OHD Update: 2/8/19   -   8 Comments
673 Spruce Brook Rd, Berlin, CT 06037

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Pre-Revolutionary Georgian Colonial Circa 1767. There is a main house and a separate apartment with separate entrance. Apartment is available for immediate occupancy. Main house needs work. Many original details still intact such as beehive oven, wideboard floors, original paneling and moldings. Beautiful porch with views of pistol Creek walking trails. Being sold as is. Agent has interest in house.
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Jon McKiernan, Clermont Real Estate
(203) 987-8437
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8 Comments on 1767 – Berlin, CT – $185,000

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  1. jeff myers says: 70 comments

    I’m not a huge fan of 18th century colonials, but this one looks like it has some real potential. It looks very well cared for. At least from the photos the spaces and flow appear wonderful and light. The intersection next to it does not seem to busy (yet) and it looks close enough to town that you aren’t stuck in a cornfield for eternity.

  2. Vonda Rager says: 4 comments

    If only this home were on at least 5 acres…I’d be ready to put down an offer!

  3. Melissa Roberts says: 38 comments

    This would be the home to restore. Lots of potential

  4. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 324 comments

    This house is remarkably free of the cheap, predictable, ‘Colonial’ renovation details early homes are often subjected to. No original plaster ceilings have been pulled down to expose beams that the original builder and owner never intended to be exposed. Walls have not been removed to create wide open suburban spaces.

    Old paneling survives, and has not been removed, dip-stripped, and amateurishly reinstalled so that the bare wood will look ‘more early.’ In addition, a handsome mid-Victorian mantle survives where it was installed to update a home that was by the 1850’s or 1860’s hopelessly old-fashioned. The wallpaper on the walls of the handsome stair hall may be another mid-1800’s survival. Enlarging the photographs didn’t answer my questions, but the pattern is typical of the mid-Victorian period.

    I am hopeful that this treasure will find a sympathetic new owner.

  5. Les Fossel says: 79 comments

    Good to see comments from Greg Hubbard – who is worth listening to.
    I’d go with an earlier date – about 1745:
    * The large exposed framing members, particularly with the exposed plates & girts
    * The fireplace with with a rear bake oven
    * Size of the fireplaces
    * Bolection molding
    In one of the front room fireplaces there is a covered square hole on the back of the fireplace – this is an extra draft, bringing air up from the cellar.
    The caps to the newell posts are unique.
    Both corner cupboards appear to be original.
    There are more fireplaces – three are shown, but there are at least 5, perhaps 6.
    The mid 19th century renovations often covered fielded paneling with plaster – which I suspect here.
    White paint didn’t exist here until after 1800, so the original paint scheme would have had dark painted woodwork and lighter walls.
    Les Fossel

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4221 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Thanks’ Les! I’ve often wondered about those low openings in these big Colonial fireplaces. These untouched examples are NICE.

  6. TGrantTGrant says: 506 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Look at those marvelous wide plank floors!

  7. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 761 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.

    ∆ Agree with everything Gregory said ∆

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