Wednesday, June 30, 2010

42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Pittsfield, MA 01201
7 Bed, 4 Bath | 7,744 Sq Ft on 0.63 Acres (27,442 Sq Ft Lot) |
MLS #190844

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      Single Family Property
    * Status: Active
    * Area: Berkshire - Central
    * Year Built: 1860
    * 7 total bedroom(s)
    * 4 total bath(s)
    * 2 total full bath(s)
    * 2 total half bath(s)
    * 15 total rooms
    * Approximately 7744 sq. ft.
    * Style: Historic


    * Basement
    * Dining room is on Level 1
    * Kitchen is on Level 1
    * Den is on Level 1
    * Office is on Level 1
    * Basement is Unfinished, Concrete Floor
    * 4 or more fireplaces
    * Fireplace features: Wood Fireplace
    * Carport
    * Heating features: Steam, ,


    * Exterior construction: Masonry, Wood Frame, Brick
    * Energy Info: Oil Fuel
    * Roofing: Slate
    * Approximately 0.63 acre(s)
    * Lot size is between 1/2 and 1 acre
    * Zoning: Multi Zone, Residential
    * Utilities present: Public Water, Public Sewer, Natural Gas Heated Water
    * Elementary School: Egremont
    * Middle School: Theodore Herberg
    * High School: Pittsfield

Interior Features
Cathedral Ceilings, Fireplace(s), High Speed Internet Wiring, Cable Available, Bay Bow Window, Sun Room, Wood Flooring, Bedroom 1 is on Level 2, Bedroom 2 is on Level 2, Bedroom 3 is on Level 2, Bedroom 4 is on Level 2, Half Bath is on Level 1, Full Bath is on Level 2
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Women's Club will sell historic Colt House
Declining membership and surging repair & heating costs are prompting the Women’s Club of the Berkshires to place their historic home on the market.
The club’s board of directors has decided to sell the Thomas Colt House, which the organization has occupied since 1937.
“It’s very big decision and a hard one,” said Belle O’Brien, the organization’s president-elect.
Constructed in 1865, the building at 42 Wendell Avenue needs extensive roof and portico repairs. The third-floor has been largely unusable for years due to water damage.
“If we didn’t love the building, we wouldn’t have made this difficult decision,” said O’Brien. “As caretakers, we want the integrity of the building maintained.”
Simon England gave the building to the organization in 1937 so members would have a place to meet and conduct their mission.
The club has explored various means to achieve repairs — and received an $8,500 state historical grant a few years ago — but the needs outpace resources.
To cover soaring operational costs — the old building is expensive to heat during the winter — the club has attracted a range of small tenants, but paying bills has been challenging.
“We’ve had the building rented with wonderful tenants, but we just don’t have the personnel to keep things going,” said O’Brien.
The club once had 600 members but is down to about 50 right now.
“The membership has gone down,” said the president-elect. “There are too many places for the younger women to go, with a lot of women’s organizations... The economy has also been a big factor.”
While monthly dinners and other events still attract “our loyal core,” the membership has gotten older. “They just don’t have the energy to put into what we need,” said O’Brien.
The club has not made a decision to dissolve, leaving decisions on the future for down the road. Activities will continue at the Colt House in coming months.
“While the club and the Thomas Colt House are synonymous, I hope we will continue and instead of having to spend on ourselves [and the building], I hope we can help other organizations,” said O’Brien.
O’Brien said that club is not burdened by debt, but does face problems paying bills and funding the improvements needed to preserve the historic structure.
The club will host an event January 8 for invited real estate agents to show off the building and to try to see who should be hired to market the site. The club will also likely hire an auctioneer – or have sales — to dispose of the contents of the building.
A letter sent this week to club members states: “The time has come to close the doors of the Thomas Colt House, sell the antiques that are remaining and put the building on the market.”
The letter adds: “We must try to reduce all costs relating to maintaining the building during this period. We definitely will be closing the doors by the summer of 2010 unless, by some miracle, funds are provided through a benefactor to help us keep it open.” - Copyright 2010 The Pittsfield Gazette, Inc.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Longmeadow, MA 01106

Longmeadow, MA 01106
11 Bed, 6.5 Bath | 10,907 Sq Ft on 1.81 Acres |
MLS #71055525

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      Single Family Property
    * Year Built: 1884
    * 11 total bedroom(s)
    * 6.5 total bath(s)
    * 5 total full bath(s)
    * 3 total half bath(s)
    * 20 total rooms
    * Approximately 10907 sq. ft.
      Type: Detached home, Historic home
    * Style: Antique, Colonial
    * Master bedroom
    * Living room
    * Dining room


    * Family room
    * Kitchen
    * Basement
    * Laundry room
    * Master bedroom is 23X17
    * Living room is 45X16
    * Dining room is 23X17
    * Family room is 18X17
    * Kitchen is 13X16
    * Hardwood floors
    * 4 or more fireplaces
    * Tennis court(s)


    * 6 open parking space(s)
    * 2 car garage
    * Attached parking
    * Heating features: Gas, Steam
    * Exterior construction: Frame, Wood siding
    * Roofing: Shingle
    * Lot is 78844 sq. ft.
    * Approximately 1.81 acre(s)
    * Lot size is between 1 and 2 acres
    * Elementary School: Center
    * Middle School: Williams
    * High School: Longmeadow

Interior Features
Master bathroom, Clothes dryer, Clothes washer, Dishwasher, Microwave oven, Range, Refrigerator, Basement interior access, Full basement, Partially finished basement, Bay/bow window(s), Bedroom(s) on upper level(s), Bathroom(s) on upper level(s), Cedar closets, Family room on 1st floor/level, Tile flooring, Walk-up attic, Laundry on 1st floor/level, Linen closet(s), Master bedroom upstairs, Pantry, Walk-in closet(s), Storm window(s), Bedroom 2 is 22X15, Bedroom 3 is 24X17, Bedroom 4 is 16X14, Bedroom 5 is 14X14
Exterior Features
Balcony, Enclosed porch, Porch, Professionally landscaped, Storage/out-building(s), Close to public transportation, Balcony/deck, Paved drive, Public road, TV cable available, Frontage: 187
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Office: (860)653-4507
Listed in the Massachusetts Historic Registry, the Brewer-Young Estate is a magnificent circa 1884 Colonial Revival mansion that was home to a number of prominent Springfield families including Rev. Samuel and Harriett Wolcott, State Senator George and Corinne Brewer and the inventor of Absorbine, Jr. Wilbur and Mary Ida Young. (Mary Ida Young was also a descendant of Declaration of Independence signer Thomas Stone, and steam locomotive inventor George Stephenson). A national treasure that beholds a wealth of history, this home requires some investment to restore it to its former glory.

Majestically sited on 1.8 acres in the Longmeadow Historic District, the home is a fine example of the gilded age brimming with exquisite antique fixtures and ornamentation showcasing the finest materials of the day. Intricately carved moldings, 6 fireplaces, antique chandeliers and sconces, a breathtaking stained glass window, leaded glass doors with iron grilles, leather-embossed wall coverings and stunning Zuber wall murals reveal a high degree of refinement throughout the home, which spans over 10,900 square feet. Elegant formal rooms are well-appointed for grand entertaining, adorned with elaboration and rich wainscoting, inlaid hardwood floors, beautiful built-ins and hand-painted walls. The home’s 11 bedrooms include a distinguished master bedroom suite boasting a sitting room with fireplace that connects to two bedrooms and also includes a dressing area, private balcony, sleeping porch and master bath. A wealth of dressing rooms, walk-in closets and sleeping porches adds to the square footage. The third floor billiard room affords westerly views of the Connecticut River Valley. A solarium fashioned after the Crystal Palace in England overlooks the delightful grounds which include a tennis court and, in its glory days, was the site of dances, garden parties and benefits for numerous charities. The home enjoys a prestigious location on the Green and is convenient to I-91 and Bradley International Airport.