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Grande Dame of Windom Road

24 Windom Road, Norfolk, , 06058 Dated Posted: July 28, 2014


Sharon Gilson

Realty Experts, LLC


o: 860 626-0010

m: 860 485-8844

Circa 1929

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About This Old House

SOLDI’m an 84-year-old grande dame of a house with excellent bones and finely crafted features. I was designed by an architect whose keen attention to detail gave me graceful curves, beautiful arches and interesting angles; and was ahead of its time for I have spacious bedrooms with built-in closets and most have ensuite bathrooms of ample proportions.
My most recent owners appreciated old world craftsmanship, hence I still have my original oak and walnut floors, multi-paned glass and wood windows and doors, plaster walls and steam radiators – some hidden by beautiful lattice work.
My signature room, the ballroom-size living room elicits wonderment to even the most jaded of visitors. It is a gorgeous room with original wood floors, dentil molding, tall built-in shelves, graceful arches topped by interesting scrollwork, a large fireplace and an attached solarium with French doors. Frankly, if you don’t fall in love with this room, you’re not suitable for me!
My original appraisal noted a bedroom on the first floor with ensuite bath and toilet but nowadays, it is being used as the TV room/den with a small study/office attached. It also has a fireplace.
Across from the living room is the formal dining room, which could easily accommodate a dinner for 10. There are a couple of built-in shelves to display your favorite china. A new wallpaper or a fresh coat of paint would be lovely!
Above the living room is the master bedroom suite with tray ceiling, a sitting area by the fireplace and ample size bathroom. Off the master bedroom is another bonus room, once served as a nursery but could be used today as a home gym or craft room with built-in shelves and closets. There is more than enough built-in closet space for a couple here but the bonus room could be turned into a wardrobe room, if needed.
When I was built, the household included a maid and a chauffeur. Currently, the maid’s room behind the kitchen serves a laundry room/pantry. The small bathroom nearby still has its half-size claw foot bathtub. (I still have my laundry chute that goes all the way down to the basement, where the original laundry room was located!) The chauffeur’s room off the front entrance is quite rough and the ensuite bathroom must be redone.
I’m looking forward to having a completely new kitchen. Back in time, this was primarily the servants’ domain. Hence while ample, it is quite unremarkable and awkward. So, my new owners are free to design their dream kitchen without too much remorse. There’s also a lovely, open well-shaded courtyard that perhaps might be incorporated in the redesign.
The new owners will need to spend months and some money to make it their home but in return, will have years marveling at living in such a stunning, unique home.

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