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Home of the Week

November 16, 2013

Stunning Hampstead home in a beautiful setting

Open house today, Sunday, Nov. 17, noon to 2 p.m., 42 East Road, Hampstead

Sitting gracefully along a tree-lined country road in Hampstead, the timeless five-bedroom colonial is a unique find offering stunning period craftsmanship balanced by modern systems that have been impeccably maintained. Nestled on 2.1 landscaped acres, the home effortlessly blends exquisite architectural features, including six fireplaces with a flexible floor plan perfect for a contemporary lifestyle.

Fieldstone walls, mature woodlands, shade trees and perennials frame the home with natural beauty. Built in 1734, the home has exceptional architectural details that have been lovingly preserved. Wainscoting, hand-hewn beams, gunstock corners, wide pine floors and high ceilings come together to create an ambiance that could not be reproduced at any cost today.

Entering the main foyer, the abundance of natural light and the openness of the home are immediately impressive. The wide pine floor gleam with warm hues and the original bulls-eye glass in the doors filter light beautifully.

Walking through the home is a pleasure as each room offers a masterful display of skilled workmanship. There are so many fantastic details including hand-carved mantles, chimney cupboards and original fireplace cranes, it is hard to imagine that the next room could be as impressive, and yet each one seems to surpass the last.

The formal dining room is breathtakingly beautiful. Every element from the massive fireplace, the multiple divided-light windows with panes of original glass to the hand-planed paneling is simply museum quality. The spacious room feels warm and comfortable and would make the perfect backdrop for family gatherings and entertaining.

The floor plan is also great for entertaining and everyday living with the kitchen and breakfast room next to the dinning room. The kitchen offers excellent workspace, loads of storage in custom cabinetry designed to respect the period home and gorgeous granite countertops. The sunny breakfast room is perfect for family meals and would be a great place for kids to work on homework while a parent makes dinner, or simply to sit with a mug of coffee in the morning and watch birds flutter among the trees.

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