Charming Cape in the North End
1142 Chestnut Street
4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
2152 square feet
.35 acre lot with gardens & in-ground pool
There's plenty of outdoor appeal to this lovely 1956 Cape in Manchester's classic North End. The beautiful gardens and landscaping provide a lush frame for the patio and heated--yes, heated!--in-ground pool.
You can step down to the pool from the multi-level deck, which is accessed from the large, well-lit, heated breezeway.
Or you can use the basement as a cabana, stash the pool toys there, and when necessary, dash from pool in to the convenient half-bath. Add a ping pong table, a TV, and the ground level becomes entertainment central!
The basement also has daylight laundry, and a room that could be used as a photography darkroom (not pictured).
The breezeway features skylights, exposed beams, and feels more like a family room than a breezeway. The light really streams in on sunny days.
It leads into the renovated kitchen, which sparkles with granite countertops and figured maple cabinets, and has a breakfast area that overlooks the lush yard and pool.
When the leaves are off the trees in the backyard, you can see Mount Uncanoonuc from the kitchen window!
The formal dining room is quite large, with a bay window looking onto the gardens, and a closet for extra storage. And you'll find these gorgeous hardwood floors throughout the rest of the first floor and the entire second floor.
The wood-burning fireplace adds a touch of classic charm to the living room, and another bay window also looks out upon the beautiful plantings in the front yard.
The first floor is rounded out with a 13.5 x 13.5 bedroom that could also serve as an office, a playroom, or guestroom.
Upstairs is a spacious front-to-back master bedroom measuring appx. 17.5 x 15, with two roomy closets.
The basement, while not technically finished, is perfectly suitable for daily living. It features a daylight laundry room, a convenient half bath, a hearth to accomodate a wood or pellet stove, and an enclosed space with water and drain lines that would make an excellent darkroom for photographers.
The basement is on the same level as the heated pool, so you don't have to slop through the house with a wet bathing suit to get snacks and drinks or use the bathroom.
Manchester's North End is home to two great parks--Livingstone Park and Stark Park.
The centerpiece of Livingstone Park is Dorrs Pond, which has a fine walking trail encircling it--great for jogging, fishing, dog-walking, or just meditating.
In addition to the natural spaces, Livingstone Park features several soccer and baseball fields, a municipal swimming pool, playground, a running track with bleachers--and it's just across the street from the best chicken tenders in the state at the Puritan Back Room, and a short walk to a Dunkin' Donuts!
Stark Park vista:
Stark Park is dedicated to Manchester's hero of the Revolutionary War, and hosts summer concerts at the bandstand and more than a few outdoor weddings.