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The nearly completed renovation of South Dartmouth’s Padanaram Village is one of the reasons for the stir taking place in the seaside town. The other is the fact that 253 Elm Street, which has been known as one of the most cherished homes in the community, is listed for sale.
A remarkable home, its location, and curb appeal are responsible—in part—for the charm and attractiveness for which the Village is known.
This stately property was perfectly planned and built on an oversized corner lot (one of the largest in the Village) in 1806 by one of two sea-going captains who were also brothers. One brother built this home in what is known as half-Federal style, and the other did the same next door. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons that when you walk around the property, you become nostalgic for what life must have been like centuries ago.
The thought of the saltworks at nearby Salters Point, Quakers seeking religious freedom and establishing the Apponegansett Meeting House—a short buggy ride from Russells Mills Village—and rugged ships built in boathouses along the shoreline, make this picture-perfect property a part of history.
Many who have passed by this property will share with you how much they have admired the charm and attractiveness of the historic yellow-colored home which seems to be an anchor to this part of town. Steps from the New Bedford Yacht Club and only a few more going the opposite direction will lead to shops, boutiques, salons, and restaurants that will have you enthralled with “village life.”
To enjoy living in an antique home is to appreciate history, and that is what makes this property so perfect.
Here you find authentic wide-plank floors, exposed beams, original doors, internal walls of the period, five fireplaces, and a clear sense that preservation was a priority during any work that took place over the years. Touring this house is awe-inspiring when you think that this could all be yours and you could be part of the home’s chronicle.
253 Elm has been meticulously maintained; the owner has continuously made modern updates to ensure a premier lifestyle with conveniences such as two full baths and two half-baths, one which is so inviting it makes this premium property worth a serious look.
Other modern amenities include a bright living room with a fireplace; a dining room with a built-in China closet; French doors leading to the spacious lot with old growth spotted around a nicely trimmed lawn; and a kitchen with a sturdy but attractive chopping-block island, accompanied by custom cabinetry, granite countertops, maple floors, and stainless steel appliances—including a Viking six-burner stove.
The 2,423 square feet of living space is nicely connected so that openness is achieved on the main floor while the privacy of separate rooms has been maintained on the second level. This layout will allow some creativity for a home office or art studio.
The rear of the home looks back to a spacious yard with enough room for any one of many ideas for further improvements. There is a storage shed with natural shingles and a white cedar shingled roof, and an outbuilding suitable for an at-home office, guest sleeping quarters, or a studio. This bonus space has a vaulted ceiling, sink, refrigerator, and full bath.
This one-of-a-kind home is being offered at $750,000 and listed by Anne Whiting Real Estate, 250 Elm Street, South Dartmouth, Mass. For additional information or to schedule a showing, contact Anne Whiting at 508-999-1010 or email@example.com.
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