Friday Fixer-Upper: Elegant Wooden Gothic Manor in Rhode Island!

by Teresa Iafolla. Source: MLSPIN.

Happy Friday! Ready for a little eye candy to start your weekend off right?


The Details

1200 Hope St Bristol, RI 02809
5 beds, 5,300 sqft
Circa 1848
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The Eye Candy

Meet this gorgeous old Gothic mansion – it’s just pining for the right ambitious rehabber to come along and fix it up. While the house needs quite a bit of work, it still has some of its original stunning details.
The home was built in 1848 by a Rhode Island and Massachusetts architect, Russell Warren, and is listed on the National Register. It’s also located within Bristol’s Rhode Island’s historic district, Longfield, so you’re sure to be among a neighborhood of fellow old home lovers.
My favorite thing about this house is the windows – each one is a little different! Some are the classic, arched gothic shape. Others stretch long from floor to ceiling to bring in long beams of natural light. A few have interior shutters to add character.
According to this listing, the previous owner started to gut and renovate this property into 4 separate apartments – but didn’t get very far. With some dedication and elbow grease, just imagine the elegant New England B&B you could create…
The house has plenty of room to work with at 5,300 square feet and 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
The long, curving balusters with original woodwork in this staircase are gasp-inducing.
And beyond the house is a beautiful yard! A whole 1.2 acres of it. Plenty of room for a garden, a patio, a patch of apple trees….Did I mention it’s surrounded by a quaint stone walls?
So what do you think? Ready to become the homeowner of this New England gothic? Either way, it never hurts to dream….
Feel free to drop us a note if you’ve found your match!
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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