1895 Colonial Revival – New Bedford, MA

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Added to OHD on 8/3/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   19 Comments

689 County St, New Bedford, MA 02740

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  • $295,000
  • 8 Bed
  • 2 full, 2 half Bath
  • 5316 Sq Ft
  • 0.35 Ac.
Georgian Revival custom built by renowned builder and architect Nathan Smith, considered one of the most prominent houses in New Bedford. Handsome foyer with window seat and grand staircase w handmade balusters and rails. Stained glass windows allow the sunlight to shine on the beautiful 9 foot crystal chandelier at center of staircase. Master craftsmanship of woodwork and detail are abundant throughout. Colonial and dentil moldings. Solarium oval three-quarter wall mahogany dining room with built in china cabinets and fireplace also has a marble fountain. Library with leaded glass window built in book shelves, and pocket doors. Beautiful hardwood floors vary between maple, oak and fir with accents of mahogany. There are 8 fireplaces 2 full baths and 2 half baths and 8 bedrooms which include 3 in the maids quarters on the third level. Full basement w wine cellar. Two story carriage house/ garage with lots of possibilities. House needs some work but well worth the cost and effort
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Manuel Medeiros, Medeiros & Associates Real Estate
(508) 997-2644
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19 Comments on 1895 Colonial Revival – New Bedford, MA

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  1. Anne M.Anne M. says: 1032 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    That light fixture above the staircase – the built-ins- the carriage house – the porte cochere – all grand, so grand! (This same house moved 60 miles north would be in the 1 million plus range.)

    • GregGreg says: 6 comments

      Agree on all counts, especially the “move north” comment. Put that house in Brookline and it’d probably go for $10M (same lot size, too). Absolutely gorgeous molding and trim, such attention to detail!

  2. DanielDaniel says: 28 comments
    Myrtle Beach, SC

    Never thought I’d say 295,000 looks relatively cheap but, in the pictures shown it looks like you’re getting an awful lot for that price.

  3. BethanyBethany says: 3473 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    A new addition to my OHD all-time-favorites list. I noticed the cool built-in safe in the library, too–so cool. I sure wish there was a picture of the oval solarium with marble fountain, if that’s what was meant in the description.

  4. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2405 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    What could any one tell me about the old cookstove? It is right on the floor and not on legs like the wood cookstoves I am used to. I am curious about the evolution.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7451 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Me too kimberly! I have no idea about that one. May have seen one like that once before; but I barely remember if so. I’m pretty sure that is the oven up top. There doesn’t seem to be enough room below for an oven. If there is a back boiler in there I’d be surprised. I REALLY want to see the basement of this house! Since that great old stove is still there, there is likely some more great Vic. tech. down below. I’ll bet there was originally a separate boiler for hot water supply somewhere.

      What an odd little window. What a great old house!

      Check out this amazing window round the way at 127 Hawthorn St.:

      • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2405 comments
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        1936 Cabin

        I always want to see the cellar! I once got to see inside the main house or was it the 8000 sqft? house at Yaddo. The cellar was great, there were what looked like animal stalls, storage rooms for I assume canned food-lots of wooden shelves. Not creepy, just neat. It has been a long time since I have been there. The job was to assess each building (30+) for restoration needs. It was a wonderful project to work on.
        The stove, I think I need to look into a book on the history of the kitchen stove, I have The American Kitchen, 1700 to Present (1995), there are lots of pages on stoves-wood, coal, oil, gas, electric. I am only on page 13, so may have to sprint ahead.

  5. DJZDJZ says: 198 comments
    1947 cape cod
    Glen Burnie, MD

    If I had the money, id buy this house, its fantastic. The only thing I would do and be very glad to spend the money on is getting a contractor out and have them strip the paint off every inch of the interior painted wood and bring them back to the original stained hues, and fix the banister railing on the top exterior, and possibly add a deck to the second floor of the carriage house to utilize the second floor doors.

  6. MichaelMichael says: 3266 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I love the house pretty much as it is. I’m not normally a fan of painted woodwork but on this house it works. I’m betting it may have been this way originally, considering the style of the house. The street view shows houses that look as amazing as this one!

  7. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5666 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    A very formal example here of a Georgian/Colonial Revival house. Many of the interior details can also be found in Queen Anne style homes of the mid-1890’s but the rest have a strong Colonial Revival flavor. The carriage house here is very impressive. That second floor dormer with doors flanked by pilasters looks very Italian to me. The interior has been treated with kindness over the years and still has many great original details. The price seem quite reasonable for what is offered. In summary, this is a great looking house and could become someone’s forever home.

  8. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments
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    Charleston, SC

    I agree with the others that this seems like a heck of a lot of Georgian Revival mansion for the price. This fine house was built by Frank R. Hadley, who was the president of the Bennett Manufacturing Company. Mr. Hadley reportedly built this house in the economic downturn that followed the Panic of ’93, and was subsequently charged with embezzlement in 1897 and confined to house arrest here where he died in April of the same year.

  9. SeanSean says: 158 comments
    1928 Spanish Revival
    Long Beach, CA

    Gorgeous home!

    But is it just me, or does it look like the porte cochere is falling in? The columns are a mess and there’s one metal spanner holding up part of it. And on the front balcony/walk, quite a bit of the railing is wrecked. I’d guess there’s some big structural issues with the upper balconies/porches all the way around the house. The coach house is beautiful too, but it has certainly seen better days. You can tell just from the photos. So I think the price is so cheap because there’s some serious underlying stuff going on.

    Personally, I love old houses to look old; so I’d enjoy quite a bit of weathering and age (which is another reason I like this house so much), but I do draw a line at serious structural issues.

    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 1289 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Well, the photos could be clearer, but I think it might be jumping the gun to assume there is serious underlying stuff going on. Everything looks pretty straight and square to me, and replacing some sections of railing and trim, and a support column or two doesn’t seem like too big a deal… Of course, any serious buyer should have the good sense to have a proper, on-site inspection before committing to anything…

  10. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2327 comments
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    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central, NY

    Tons of beautiful details in this elegant house, but the staircase is my fave; its oval window on the lower landing – little kids & pets would love that, just their height!, and the triple stained glass window of the upper landing. So pretty!

  11. PlattachePlattache says: 4 comments
    2012 Apartment
    Hopkins, MN

    A new favorite! Style and decoration. Exquisite.


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