Property Crush

This House in Marblehead, Mass., Has Black Shingles, a Red Front Door, and So Much History

published Nov 12, 2020
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The details

  • Address: 9 Mechanic St., Marblehead, Mass.
  • Price: $1,595,000
  • Size: 4,490 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
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Why we have a crush on this property

Your search for a historic home that still feels delightfully fresh and modern is over. In the seaside town of Marblehead, Mass., a circa 1713 abode for sale commands attention with its bright-red front door and black-painted shingles. Inside, though, is where decidedly bright and contemporary charms await.

The home, which was built long before the start of the Revolutionary War, has all the hallmarks of a classic sea captain’s manse: numerous wood-burning fireplaces, original wooden ceiling beams, wide-pine floors, and beautiful woodwork. And aside from the home’s more than 300-year history, it’s the white paint, clean lines, and trendy accents that make the place feel current.

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The slate-gray kitchen is a modern marvel with stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, and a breakfast bar. It also hearkens to the past with a butler’s pantry and remnants of a beehive oven. 

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The house is quite large at more than 4,400 square feet—it has multiple living areas, a library, a formal dining room, and a total of six bedrooms. Part of the home’s large square footage includes its in-law apartment, which comes with one bedroom, a full kitchen, and laundry.

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Outside, the 0.29-acre lot manages to offer a sizable backyard. In it, there’s a spot large enough to build a small hockey rink for the kids in the wintertime. The property also includes land across the street with a garden and parking for three cars.

This centuries-old house is listed for a cool $1,595,000 by Stephanie Moio and Nancy Peterson with J. Barrett & Company.

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