A chill in the air, the taste of pure maple syrup, a drive through picture-perfect Vermont. Oh, how wonderful that sounds! Let’s travel there today, shall we? Team CIRCA loves Julianne McCarthy of NorthLand Real Estate, so when I came across her fixer-upper listing in the town of Poultney I just couldn’t wait to share it with you. Here are just some of the reasons why I think this ol’ sweetheart deserves her turn in the spotlight.
The front porch is a charmer, but there’s just one problem. Yep, you guessed it – all that overgrowth covering it up. Luckily I can see just enough of it to know that removing all that unwanted vegetation is a step worth taking. Just look at those beautiful scrolls and fretwork, and it even has its wood slat ceiling! Given all the original features still left on this house, a little TLC for the porch and a fresh coat of paint for the wood clapboard siding will do wonders.
I really love that this house has a slate roof – talk about instant character! It’s one of the first things that caught my eye. And the kicker? I learned that Poultney lies in “Slate Valley,” and that in the latter half of the 19th century the town was transformed by its slate industry. How perfect that this house is crowned by the very material that put Poultney on the map! Shopping local doesn’t get much better than this.
HOME OF THE GOOD LIFE
A village farmhouse in Vermont. How idyllic does that sound? This one is pretty much move-in ready too. Looking at the interiors, I’m struck by the wood-paneled entry door that leads to a great staircase, an original enamel sink in the kitchen, and cozy rooms full of decorating possibilities. And all of this lit by large two-over-two wood sash windows! I even caught a glimpse of a bay window on one side of the house, which just seals the deal for me.
A TOUCH OF NEW ENGLAND
Located just to the east of the New York state border, Poultney is full of beautiful old homes in a range of ages and styles. With two National Register Historic Districts, this quaint New England town is clearly proud of its history, and I can just imagine today’s fixer-upper being a special part of that too. I’d also be tempted to take some time off from painting those clapboards for a trip to nearby Lake St. Catherine. All in all, a pretty perfect day, I’d say.
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AUTHOR AMANDA DAVIS
Amanda is an historic preservationist living in New York City with a particular fondness for fixer-uppers. She can be spotted checking out quirky historic details here, there, and everywhere in her handmade dresses. Every time Amanda sees a cozy room with large windows and beautiful built-ins she can’t help but imagine her very own sewing nook with oldies music playing in the background.