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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

By Linda Greenstein
Advertising Correspondent

---- — 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.

The first floor offers a comfortable family room with a fireplace and period details and a formal living room that has extraordinary paneling and a remarkable antique mantle over the period hearth. There is a full bath on the first floor and a lovely room that works well as a music room or home office.

There are two staircases up to the bedroom level. The front curving staircase it a work of art, while the rear staircase provides a second convenient pathway upstairs. The master bedroom is elegant with its own fireplace and it is connected to a smaller bedroom that is currently used as a dressing room with a large closet. This would also work well for a nursery or could become a spacious en-suite bath.

There are two additional charming bedrooms upstairs and a half bath.

The original home is connected to a restored carriage house offering great space, flexibility and endless possibilities. This lovely space includes a 3/4 bath and wet bar. With double glass doors leading out to the back yard, the beautiful carriage house feels very private and linked to the lush landscape. Up a spiral staircase is an additional bedroom and study offering great guest quarters or excellent space for a college student.

The carriage house, with its own entrance, could also work well as office space for a professional or be adapted to become a stunning master suite in its own wing.

A two-car garage with an additional bay for a hobby car or boat is a real bonus. A second level makes a great workshop or with the vaulted ceilings, large windows, loads of natural light and verdant views, the space would make an outstanding artist or yoga studio.

The current owners have lovingly cared for the home and raised a family in the classic small town. They have made many improvements, kept detailed records of all maintenance and even have the original 18th century deed for the home. It is now time for new owners to enjoy the pleasures of such an exceptional and historic property.

Income-tax free Hampstead is an enchanting community prized for its school district that includes Pinkerton Academy for high school and its convenient location to New Hampshire and Massachusetts’ commuter routes. While maintaining a delightful rural small town feel, Hampstead offers easy access to great tax-free shopping, restaurants and is only a short drive to the Seacoast beaches.

Marketed by Paula Martin of Keller Williams at $374,000, this is a home that must bee seen in person to fully appreciate the amazing architectural elements, the serene location and the great flexibility. Martin will host a special open house today, Sunday, Nov. 17, from noon to 2 p.m., at 42 East Road, Hampstead, N.H. Those that prefer a private showing may contact Martin directly at 603-770-5162 or via www.paulamartingroup.com

AT A GLANCE

Where: 42 East Rd., Hampstead, NH

Designed for: anyone that wants a spacious and flexible home

Price: $374,000

Listing agency: Paula Martin, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan, 603-770-5162