Fixer-Upper: A Second-Empire Style Mansion in East Hampton, Connecticut

by Teresa Iafolla. All photos courtesy of Hunter Realty Group

In the cozy, northeastern town of East Hampton, Connecticut sits a beautiful old mansion waiting for a new owner. Homes in this neck of the woods typically cost a small (or not so small) fortune, so for just $299,500 this is a relative steal. The catch? According to the listing, “the property has freeze damage will not qualify for financing.”
This 8-bedroom, Second Empire-style home harkens back to 1872! I can’t get over the breathtaking details – the mansard room, the teeny, ornate dormers jutting out at the top, and the sharp color accents at every turn. It could be the perfect Connecticut bed-and-breakfast, or the elegant showcase of the neighborhood for the proud restorer. Sitting on more than two-and-a-half acres, you have plenty of room for an elaborate garden, or a mini-arboretum.


Step into the regal entryway under the warm glow of the light hanging over head, and walk through the tall, arched double-doors.


The kitchen looks like it’s in great shape! I love all the redwood built-in cabinets and the natural light shining in.

Want to make a grand entrance? Try sliding down this 3-story banister!




Looks like there’s even a pool and old-fashioned waterslide out in back! Perfect for those muggy northeast summers.

Scoop up this historic beauty before someone else does!
Ready to roll up your sleeves? For more details, check out 26 Barton Hill Road on Zillow.
A contributor to the CIRCA blog, Teresa has been captivated by old, character-rich houses since she was little. Growing up in the cookie-cutter suburbs of Montgomery County, Maryland, she dreamed of one day calling a quirky, old Victorian “home,” often pouring over house plans and blueprints from the local hardware store. Chasing that fondness for all things steeped in history, Teresa attended college at William & Mary, the second-oldest college in the U.S., based in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. After graduating with a degree in English Literature and Psychology, she moved into a restored Baltimore row home, circa 1830. Currently, Teresa lives in San Francisco and spends her days ogling the colorful Victorian Italianates that line her Mission neighborhood.

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