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The Rice/Valentine House or “Valley Farm”

50 Cherry St., Northborough, , 01532 Property Website Dated Posted: May 21, 2016

$698,500

MHarmonay

Circa 1716

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About This Old House

Valley Farm is a four-acre country estate with a quintessential 18th century farmhouse and barn, surrounded by wide open expanses of preserved land and the Cold Harbor trails, creating breathtaking rural vistas on a lightly traveled scenic byway, just minutes from major routes and the commuter rail.

This much-admired homestead offers a rare opportunity to embrace a vanishing lifestyle as a steward of a timeless natural landscape, with room for people, dogs, and animals to roam. The home’s updated systems and features include electrical, heating, well, septic, oil tank, roof, cedar siding, granite kitchen, and FIOS. It retains authentic period attributes such as handsome wide pine floors, double-paned six-over-six windows, original doors, restored woodwork and mantels, tin ceilings, and hand-hewn beams.

The heated barn, on a separate parcel, is an ideal haven for motorsports enthusiasts or workshoppers, and could be modified to accommodate horses. It’s not just a home, it’s a lifestyle.

According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, “Valentine family lore states that the estate was a wedding gift from Rebecca Crawford’s parents to her and her husband, Elmer Valentine,” who ran a boarding school on the property beginning in 1838.

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