Built in 1700, a Charming Connecticut Cape Is the Week’s Oldest Property
A modernized Cape in Hamden, CT, is the oldest property to hit the market this week on Realtor.com®.
While looks may be deceiving, this adorable—and affordable—three-bedroom home has been entirely modernized on the inside. During the renovation process, the owners took care to preserve many historic details.
Other vintage homes to hit the market this week include a riverfront dwelling in New York once owned by author N.P. Willis, a historic farmhouse in New Jersey, and an affordable fixer-upper in Massachusetts.
Scroll down for a full look at this week’s 10 oldest homes.
Year built: 1700
Modernized Cape: This cute, 2,607-square-foot build looks brand new on the outside, but it has many preserved details inside.
Period highlights include wide-plank floors, three fireplaces, built-in cabinetry, and exposed-beam ceilings. The historic features are accented by a newly painted interior, barn doors, and lots of windows. A bright kitchen has stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops.
There are also two decks and a three-season porch to take in views of the private pond in the backyard.
Year built: 1708
Center-chimney Colonial: This lovely little domicile is being offered as a one-bedroom home, but there’s plenty of room for a few more bedrooms upstairs.
The 1,836-square-foot dwelling still has many historic details, including three working fireplaces. A dining room boasts a built-in cabinet and a coffered ceiling. There are restored, hardwood floors throughout the home as well. A modern kitchen features stainless-steel appliances, a cathedral ceiling, exposed beams, and a wood-burning stove.
The quarter-acre lot has mature plantings and inground sprinklers.
Year built: 1720
Idlewild cottage: This modernized home was once owned by author N.P. Willis, and it still features lots of period details.
Sitting on a 1.7-acre lot along the Hudson River, the three-bedroom house was recently renovated. The stylish kitchen features a wood ceiling, stone wall, and wood-burning pizza oven. Historic highlights include original doors and hardware, exposed brick walls, and preserved hardwood floors. The bright and airy primary suite upstairs boasts a soaring ceiling and lots of windows.
A covered back porch overlooks the heated in-ground pool.
Year built: 1730
Shaggy Hill Farm: This four-bedroom farmhouse sits on 15 picturesque acres.
The 2,854-square-foot home originally hit the market in August for $925,000. The price was reduced to $850,000 in October, and the listing was removed a month later. It’s back on the market with the aim of attracting a buyer.
The recently renovated home features five fireplaces, including a two-sided fieldstone beauty in the living room. A primary suite with another fireplace can be found on the main level, with three more bedrooms upstairs.
The sprawling property includes a one-bedroom apartment, a three-car garage, and an enormous barn with an attached woodshed and toolshed. There’s also a chicken coop, duck coop, an orchard, and a private pond.
Year built: 1735
Two homes with lake access: This 5-acre property boasts two historic homes, which have been modernized.
The old stone house features two bedrooms, three fireplaces, exposed-beam ceilings, preserved hardwood floors, and lots of built-ins. The one-bedroom mill house has an enormous cathedral ceiling, a loft, and a screened porch.
The sprawling property is bordered by a brook on two sides.
Year built: 1735
Renovated waterfront retreat: This remodeled, four-bedroom home offers direct views of Wequetequock Cove.
The 2,507-square-foot house now offers a modern kitchen with a double wall oven, a wine chiller, granite countertops, and a large island. All of the bedrooms offer spectacular waterfront views. One bedroom can be found on the main level, with three more, including the primary, located upstairs.
Historic details include two fireplaces, restored hardwood floors, and exposed beams.
The property already has a pending offer.
Year built: 1740
Charming Cape: This affordable home features wide-plank wood floors, exposed wood beams, and a fireplace in the living room.
The four-bedroom home offers a cozy, 1,688 square feet of living space. It features wood-paneled walls and a dining room with a fireplace. The kitchen has been updated over the years, but it still features exposed beams. A spacious bedroom on the main floor could be used as a primary bedroom or transformed into a home office.
Located in the Historic District, the home is also a short walk to Old Wethersfield’s Village Center.
Year built: 1740
Historic farmhouse: This beautiful, six-bedroom home has been modernized, but it still features three fireplaces, wide-plank floors, and lots of built-ins.
An updated kitchen now offers a wood ceiling, lots of windows, a wine chiller, built-in desk, and island with a granite countertop. There’s also a home office and mudroom located on the first floor, along with a guest suite.
The 8-acre property includes a classic barn with a garage, a loft with a full kitchen, and a bathroom. The grounds feature a pool and basketball court.
Year built: 1750
Affordable fixer-upper: This two-bedroom dwelling needs some work, as the modest price suggests.
The 1,160-square-foot home still has wide-plank floors. Two bedrooms are located on the first floor, along with a spacious living room, dining room, and laundry room. The upstairs is not heated, but it could be transformed into additional bedrooms or a home office.
The wood-shingled home sits on nearly 2 acres with stone walls.
Year built: 1756
Cape with a carriage house: This three-bedroom home has a fireplace in the kitchen and a wood-burning stove in the living room.
The 1,843-square-foot abode has been updated over the years. The kitchen is surrounded by windows, high-end appliances, and a breakfast bar made from salvaged birch from the nearby prep school, Choate Rosemary Hall. One bedroom and an office with built-ins can be found on the first floor. Two more spacious bedrooms are located upstairs.
The 4-acre property includes six buildings.
“The Boulder Knoll Montessori School currently resides in the carriage house, and can continue to run and generate income for a new homeowner,” the listing notes. It could also be converted into a short-term rental, in-law apartment, or home office.
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