What You Get for ... $280,000
Caleb Kenna for The New York Times
This restored three-bedroom Victorian in Brandon, Vt., is on the market for $279,000.
By VIRGINIA C. McGUIRE
Published: October 5, 2011
WHAT: A three-bedroom Victorian built circa 1900
HOW MUCH: $279,000
SIZE: 2,659 square feet
PER SQUARE FOOT: $105
SETTING: This house sits on a hilltop about five minutes’ walk from the village green in Brandon, a town of about 4,000 people in central Vermont. Brandon has the traditional elements of small-town life — a grocery store, a hardware store and a stationery store — alongside art galleries and restaurants. A farmers’ market is held on the green on Saturdays. Middlebury is a 30-minute drive, and Burlington is about an hour and 15 minutes away.
INSIDE: Built around 1900, this clapboard Victorian has been restored by the current owners over the past several years. They preserved the original floors, decorative woodwork and ornate brass door hardware. The front door has an etched glass panel, and there’s an original stained-glass window in the entryway. The living room has a working fireplace, and theparlor has a pellet stove. The formal dining room has a wood ceiling. Behind the kitchen, which was renovated three years ago, is a combined pantry and laundry room with an original sideboard with a tile backsplash. A tiny room, only 6 feet by 6 feet, is used as an office. Upstairs are three bedrooms, and a fourth unfinished room that is used for storage. The bedrooms have Victorian-style wallpaper.
OUTDOOR SPACE: A picket fence runs along the front of the property, and a path made of marble slabs leads to the deep front porch. An old barn in the grassy backyard has electricity and a loft.
I love the sign saying "Mother Shapiro's Entrance" so many connotations, none of them clean.