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The Hale House

, Norwood, , 13668 Dated Posted: May 31, 2017

$199,000

Stephanie Quandt

odyssey1997@msn.com

o: 7165727588

m: 7165727588

Circa 1865

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About This Old House

Imagine walking through your front door surrounded by tall, elegant pillars. This historic Norwood, NY home (c. 1865) has been lovingly restored in recent years and offers ample space for luxury living, office space, or creation of your dream B&B, as it is zoned residential & commercial. The sweeping front veranda leads to an elegant foyer which opens into three rooms: a spacious living room attached to a charming sun porch, a large dining room with lovely restored tin ceiling and antique wood hutch, and a “piano” room with restored patterned hardwood floor designed by the artist who also created the same floor for a local church. In addition, on the first floor is: an eat-in kitchen with large Hearthstone woodstove, a bedroom with new bathroom, and a unique ½ bath hidden under the stairwell. The curving stairwell and another new back stairwell lead up to 3 large bedrooms and 1 smaller bedroom, two bathrooms (one brand new, the other with antique claw-foot tub), a small room above the garage for cold storage, and another extra open room ideal for a family room or library. The spacious, clean attic is perfect for more storage or could be converted for more living space. The stately cupola has been completely refurbished with custom made windows, new copper roofing and a secret crawl space, and has stunning views in all directions. A second floor newly refurbished covered deck is the perfect place for afternoon hors d’oeuvres.

Restorations include: replacement of most of the house’s sill, complete old paint removal and re-painting of home exterior- preserving the natural wood, loving restoration (by hand) of original hardwood floors throughout, replication of original footer and kickboards and installation throughout the newer rooms, and restoration of the beautiful African mahogany doors and exquisite cast-iron/ marble-topped radiator covers. The electronic ignition, safety releases and thermostat controls for the circulated hot water system were upgraded as well. There are many new walls, two new stairwells, updated electrical wiring throughout, a new Bosch on-demand hot water system, and two cedar closets. All interior walls made of lathe, plaster, and horse-hair were removed and replaced, and the new walls were insulated and soundproofed. Professional lead paint and asbestos abatement was performed on most of the interior and exterior of the house, and pipes were re-wrapped with modern insulation. Outdoor features of the over 1 acre of property include: Potsdam sandstone patio, working antique water hand-pump, large and structurally sound raised pole barn, one car garage with attached potting room, large fenced vegetable garden, many maturing fruit trees, berry bushes, grape vines, and perennial flower beds. Most of the heavy structural updating has been done on this solid, extraordinary home, leaving room only for some personalized touches.

Norwood is a quaint, rural, northern New York town, surrounded by rivers, farms and forest. It’s rather centrally located to many fun and more urban cities, including Montreal, Ottawa, Syracuse (NY) and Burlington, VT. It’s located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, with popular destinations being: Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, the renown Wild Center in Tupper Lake and Fort Ticonderoga, just to name a few. Four colleges lie in the nearby towns of Potsdam and Canton, and include Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, and St. Lawrence University, and due to a shortage of area accommodations this would be an excellent B&B opportunity. Adventure abounds, with rivers for fishing and boating and a plethora of hiking trails. Many fine restaurants and unique shops can be found around the area, and the Crane School of Music showcases wonderful talent. During the summer many towns have delightful farmer’s markets- often with Amish goodies for sale, Potsdam has a summer street festival, and the Norwood Village Green hosts a wonderful concert series all summer long. The popular Boldt and Singer Castles are an easy day trip. Affectionately known as the North Country, people in Norwood and surrounding towns are friendly and neighbors care about each other.

The house is locally referred to as The Hale House due to the notoriety of the Hale brothers who originally built it in 1865 as a Federal-style home. The neighboring brick house was built several years later by the same brothers. One of the Hale brothers made a fortune from selling mining and dry goods, while the other brother was a well-known lawyer who wrote initial laws for interstate and inter-country commerce between the USA and Canada. Ownership of both houses was transferred to their sister Henrietta Hale “Hettie” who was the sole inheritor of her two brother’s fortunes. She sold both homes and moved elsewhere prior to her death after putting her fortune into gold that was never found. She left behind the local legend of “Hettie’s Gold”, whereby treasure hunters supposedly used metal detectors on the grounds searching for the long lost gold. All of the “treasures” found in the walls of the structure during renovations, in the old burn pit that was partially excavated to allow for a garden extension, and in the attic floor boards when insulation was being added, were kept and have stayed with the house as part of its history. The house was converted to a Greek Revival-style home in the 1920’s with a full wrap-around covered veranda and second floor balcony. A portion of the veranda was converted to a sun porch in the 1930’s, along with the addition of a cupola. In the 1960’s the house served as a boarding house and several interesting stories abound from this era. The initial coal fired boiler was converted to gas around this time as well. The house has gone through a series of owners who have made minor advances in restoration, and the current owner performed extensive restoration work over a period of 12 years to bring the house back to its former glory. There is a large file of history related to this house and the Hale brothers for interested buyers.

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