Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Video of 45 Cooke Street | Edgartown, Massachusetts (Martha's Vineyard) real estate & homes - This distinguished center hall colonial in Edgartown’s Historic District was built c. 1785 and has been in the same family for five generations; the property is now on the market for the first time in 175 years.

The house has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places for many years and is one of the very few larger colonial house that have come down through the years in substantially original condition, but now with all modern systems and fully equipped for comfortable year-round living and entertaining.

The home’s gracious lines and proportions are presented to the street behind a screen of fencing and hedge across a rolling front lawn. Original wood flooring, doors and period hardware have all been preserved. Nine of the original ten fireplaces remain operational and most of the windows are original.

At the front of the house you’ll find the more formal spaces, specifically the elegant living room and spacious dining room. The living room is surrounded with wood paneling dating back to the 1840s and the focal point is the fireplace with an intricately carved mantel. The dining room, accessed off the center hall and from the kitchen through a small butler’s pantry, is a lovely room also dressed with wood paneling and fireplace.

Across the back of the house is the library with French doors leading to the patio, garden and pool – a wonderful and inviting family living space. In a small wing behind the library there is a bedroom with a fireplace and a full bathroom.

Beyond the library is the renovated kitchen and breakfast area overlooking the pool through a bank of windows and back door. This light and airy room has modern appliances, ample cabinetry, and an island with additional seating space. The tile floor is perfect for casual summer living and continues through a recent addition to a half bath/laundry area and two-car garage.

On the second floor there are four bedrooms, all with fireplaces. The two front bedrooms are spacious in size and have ensuite baths.  The remaining two bedrooms are smaller in scale but one offers a private deck overlooking the grounds.  These rooms can either share baths with the two masters, jack and jill style or can utilize the hall bath.

At the back of the house there is a cozy study with built-in bookshelves and seating below windows that overlook the back garden.

The large lot provides the property with space for a 10’ x 40’ lap pool, bluestone patio, cabana, and manicured lawn with mature trees and shrubs. A wooden fence and tall shrubs surrounding the property assure privacy.

The attached garage is extra deep to provide space for 2 cars and the driveway offers more space for parking, a true benefit for those residing in-town.

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