EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 8, 2013

Sophisticated living in historic Portsmouth

Open House today, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

By Linda Greenstein
Advertising Correspondent

---- — Located in Portsmouth’s idyllic South End, this stunning four-bedroom antique home offers the very best of sophisticated living in the cultured Strawberry Banke neighborhood. Walk to Prescott Park, downtown shopping, to the theater, to the art galleries or to one of the numerous fine dinning experiences that make Portsmouth such an urbane treat. The immaculate home with a large lot, off-street parking and an exquisite Asian inspired garden that has been featured on the City’s garden tours, is in move-in ready condition ready to welcome new owners.

The charming home offers all the comforts and convenience of a modern lifestyle balanced beautifully with an authentic antique ambiance that cannot be reproduced. The house is filled with delicate architectural details that come together to create a stunning home -- proud of its heritage and ready for the 21st century.

A rare find, this historic home is filled with natural light from an abundance of remarkable divided light windows. The 9-foot-plus ceilings add to the openness and the multiple doorways and use of French glass doors make for a flawless floor plan, that works well for everyday living or easy entertaining.

Entering the front door a visitor is greeted by a graceful curved staircase and a soaring two-story foyer. The staircase features a handsome carved newel post and a delicate sweeping fluid flow of balusters that lead the eye upward. Immediately, a visitor is aware that this is a special home filled with elegant details and fine craftsmanship.

On the right is a lovely dining room. Three large windows bathe the room in natural light while the rich patina of the antique wood floors add a touch of warmth. The dinning room is open to the kitchen for ease of entertaining.

The eat-in kitchen is the perfect marriage of antique charm and contemporary conveniences. The cherry cabinetry, granite counters, exposed brick and a window seat combine for a relaxed feel that is respectful of the home’s heritage. The workspace is well planned and there is excellent storage including a large pantry. Two windows over the sink look out on the private patio and lush garden.

There is a nice breakfast bar that would work well for drinks and hors d’oeuvre when entertaining. Opposite the seating area is a French door with full-length sidelight out to the private garden. Just steps out to the patio area with seating is an area for outdoors cooking.

An adorable half bath and laundry room combination and a short hallway off the family room lead to a handy mudroom and another doorway to the backyard garden.

To the left of the foyers is a fabulous formal living room with crown molding, period mantle piece and other historic details that add to its refinement.

Connecting the kitchen area to the living room is a spacious family room with built-in bookcases and a cabinet that compliments that style of the period home while providing invisible storage for a television and all the electronic accessories.

A hallway off the family room leads to yet another door out to the garden area and a large shed.

There is a back staircase to second floor where there are three sunny bedrooms. The master bedroom suite has all the charm you expect in antique homes, but it also offers a large private bath complete with an amazing claw-foot tub, pedestal sink and a separate shower. Both rooms have 9-foot-plus ceiling and multiple windows for loads of natural light.

The second bedroom, overlooking the garden, is a delight with a surprising, two-story walk-in closet complete with professional built-in shelving, drawers and a ladder to reach storage.

A third bedroom offers an appealing curved wall and multiple windows framing attractive views. The two bedrooms share an enchanting three-quarter bath with oversized tile shower and built-in storage.

A custom designed pullout staircase leads to a third floor that has a captivating guest bedroom and an office with great views of the historic neighborhood.

By itself the nearly 2,300 square-foot home is appealing, but the spectacular garden sets it apart. By city standards this a huge space fenced in for privacy. The Asian-inspired style combines gorgeous plantings, grassy lawn, borders of stones and natural materials with two patio areas to create a peaceful outdoor living space where it would be a pleasure to entertain, dine, relax or even practice Yoga. A water element and professionally designed ambiance lighting make this an extraordinary and calm oasis in the city.

The amenities include public water, sewer and natural gas for heating and cooking. Off-street parking for two cars is a great convenience and there is a large garden shed. The present owners have maximized the home’s storage and it would be hard to find comparable storage in even the most modern condominium.

Marketed by Lisa Parsons of Carey & Giampa Realtors at $797,500 this enchanting home sits in the most desirable neighborhood in historic Portsmouth. A city of 21,000 people, Portsmouth has been recognized by Forbes Travelers as one of America’s Prettiest Towns and by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as “one of the most culturally rich destinations in the country.” Located an hour north of Boston, an hour east of Manchester, NH, and an hour south of Portland, ME, it offers easy access to major commuter routes.

It is impossible to appreciate this home’s complete charm and amenities by driving by. Parsons will host an open house today, Sunday, September 8, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 215 Washington St., Portsmouth. It will be a fine opportunity to see the home and what makes living in downtown Portsmouth so special. Those that cannot attend the open house or prefer a private tour may contact Parson directly at 603-770-7724, at the Carey & Giampa Office 603-964-7000-124 or at wwwcareyandgiampa.com.