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

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.
 

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Step into the regal entryway under the warm glow of the light hanging over head, and walk through the tall, arched double-doors.
 
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The kitchen looks like it’s in great shape! I love all the redwood built-in cabinets and the natural light shining in.
 
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Want to make a grand entrance? Try sliding down this 3-story banister!
 
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Looks like there’s even a pool and old-fashioned waterslide out in back! Perfect for those muggy northeast summers.
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
LeonaAUTHOR TERESA IAFOLLA
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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