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1680 House With Bread Oven in Family Room Is the Week’s Oldest Home
Dated: November 3 2021
This week’s oldest home on Realtor.com® comes with an amenity we’ve never seen before: a family room bread oven! Located in Massachusetts and built in 1680, the home was centuries ahead of its time given the resurgence in home bread baking over the past year.
Originally built in Canada and moved to its current location centuries ago, it’s an enchanting yellow-and-pink confection offering a delicious opportunity to buyers who also fancy themselves bakers. It’s also relatively affordable, at just below $340,000.
Stepping away from the oven, this week’s list of the 10 oldest homes features several multimillion-dollar estates, including a 1750 charmer on 2 acres in New York; a Charleston, SC, home from 1732; and a former inn in Pennsylvania.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to research this family room bread oven concept. To see the full list this week, scroll down. No carbs included.
Year built: 1680
Canadian transplant: Originally built in Nova Scotia, this home was moved to its current lot in New England and rebuilt by David French in 1802.
East Bridgewater, MA(Realtor.com)
Highlights of the three-bedroom, 1,698-square-foot house include a corner fireplace plus a family room bread oven. The charming yellow exterior and peppy pink front door make this place look like it stepped straight out of a storybook.
Year built: 1707
Gambrel Georgian Colonial: Elegant living spaces and ocean views run throughout this five-bedroom home.
According to the historical marker out front, the home was originally built for Nathaniel Bartlett Shoreman and was expanded in 1750 for Maj. Benjamin Hendley. Each bedroom has a fireplace, and antique details abound, including crown moldings, paneling, and wainscoting. A third-floor suite with a vaulted beamed ceiling was updated in 2014.
Year built: 1730
Award-winning preservation: The former West Whitehead Inn got a full restoration throughout the main residence and carriage house.
Work on the seven-bedroom home was completed in 2018. The finished product features 7,680 square feet of interior space on a grassy 2.8 acres.
There’s also an instant revenue opportunity: A carriage house on the property has a commercial tenant and generates over $37,000 in annual rental income.
Year built: 1732
Town center: This former tavern, public house, inn, and post office is currently configured as a four-bedroom, 3,400-square-foot home.
Zoned for residential and commercial use, this property could be used in a variety of ways. The kitchen features a nod to the past with an old beehive oven. But there’s also plenty of modern updates, including a private conference room with bathroom.
Year built: 1732
Fotheringham-McNeil Tenements: Lush gardens designed by Robert Chestnut are the crown jewel of this five-bedroom home.
Recently restored, the home features gorgeous mantels, cypress paneling, wide-plank heart pine floors, as well as hand-painted walls in the dining and powder rooms.
Year built: 1740
Kit Matterson House: This three-bedroom, 2,095-square-foot former tavern still features its original doors, hardwood floors, exposed beams, and hardware. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated, and there are a whopping seven wood-burning fireplaces to stay warm. The 2.3-acre lot also includes several cottages, a pool, and gardens.
West Greenwich, CT(Realtor.com)
Year built: 1740
Forest-farm: This 30-acre property includes about 7 acres of cleared land surrounded by forest.
The five-bedroom home is one of the oldest in the area and could use a few updates. It features a walk-up unfinished attic, large rooms, and plenty of storage space.
Year built: 1749
Lincoln Farms: Built as a wedding present, this six-bedroom, 3,692-square-foot main house sits on 2 acres.
The property comes with three additional outbuildings as well as an in-ground pool. The rear of the home was built in the 1820s as an in-law suite and comes with a separate entrance.
Year built: 1750
Fishing farmhouse: Overlooking a small river, this 1.72-acre fishing paradise includes a barn with a room upstairs.
The three-bedroom main house features an open kitchen, fireplace, and home office with built-in oak shelves.
Year built: 1750
Castles of New Castle: Newly updated, this five-bedroom home behind a gated entry comes with a separate two-bedroom cottage.
There’s also a barn and a two-story children’s playhouse. The home features refined finishes, including high ceilings, a gym, and a playroom.
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