This is my foray into the world of suburban house hunting and my endless battle with normalcy and sameness.
Monday, June 23, 2014
154 E Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 06513
154 E Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 06513 By Owner: $438,000 Zestimate®: $461,538 Bedrooms:5 beds Bathrooms:2.5 baths Single Family:4,355 sq ft Lot:0.63 acres Year Built:1873 Last Sold:Jul 2003 for $228,000
Description ***for more photos and info please visit http://www.ChetstoneForSale.com ***Amazing Victorian Gothic manor with five bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms; updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, radiant floor heating and original cabinetry; and tons of historic details including double parlors with a pocket door, working gas lamps, fireplaces, original trim, moldings and built-ins.House features a newly-painted exterior, wrap around porch and .63 acre yard. Located at the height of Fair Haven Heights in the vibrant and historic Quinnipiac River community. Featured in HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk".When first built in 1875, the Victorian Gothic house at 154 East Grand Avenue was one of three Victorian show pieces that graced the highest ridge of Fair Haven Heights in New Haven. The house was built by Dr. Mary Blair Moody, the first female to practice medicine in the New Haven area. In 1915, the house's second owner, Albert Haasis, a chemist and executive of the Dixon Pencil Company named the house "Chetstone." Passionate about art and horticulture, he kept lavish gardens replete with peacocks and filled the house with artwork, including an attic full of whimsical rabbit paintings, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. In its 138-year history, Chetstone has only had five owners and as a result has retained its architectural integrity and excellence: from its brownstone foundation and cistern pump in the cellar, to original trim, moldings, doors and working gas lamps throughout. Additional historic features include: double parlors with a pocket door, built in bookshelves, marble-topped vanities in three of its bedrooms, inlaid hard wood floors, a wrap-around porch replete with gothic detail, a tower room, two marble fire places (one fitted with an antique gas insert ) and a full-size, wood and rope elevator (still in working condition). Additional features include newly painted exterior, new boiler, radiant-heated floors in kitchen and bathrooms, "guest room" with en-suite bathroom, half bath on first floor, and a stunning kitchen with stainless steel appliances, original cabinetry and a second tea/coffee bar sink.Fantastic historic features. 4,355 square feet of livable space. Large light-filled rooms. Overall beautiful condition. Roof needs repair / replacement.Additional property info: http://www.forsalebyowner.com/listing/5-bed-Single-Family-home-for-sale-by-owner-154-East-Grand-Avenue-06513/23993676?provider_id=28079