146 Perley Street
4 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, 1,648 total square feet, hardwood floors, 1-car garage, partially-fenced back yard.
Welcome to this home on the north side of Manchester, close to Derryfield Park and Wagner Park (a.k.a. "Pretty Park"), and within walking distance of Smyth Road Elementary School and Hillside Middle School.
Perley Street is just two blocks long, and this block is well away from busy streets, so it feels like an enclave though it's central to everything.
There's a nice breezeway that leads from the garage--which has depth enough to store bikes, kayaks, or set up a workbench--into the kitchen. This is a great place to sit and enjoy the breezes on warm summer days (although you won't need to, since the house features central air-conditioning).
The kitchen is surprisingly large, and features some nice cabinets (with impressive crown moulding) and an oversized window looking out at the back yard. Add a new floor and counters and maybe a new backsplash and it will look great!
The kitchen opens to a broad living room with enough space for a dining table. The hardwood floors you see extend through the rest of the first floor, except for the two back bedrooms. Once refinished, these floors will POP!
The large picture window faced due south so you'll have some cheery light year-round!
The first floor includes a full bath, some of whose retro features you may want to keep and incorporate into your own designs!
Down the hall you'll find two of the bedrooms, the largest of which includes some built-ins and two closets.
Depending on your needs, you could use the second as a bedroom, or an elegant office.
Leading to the two rear bedrooms there is a large connecting hallway that includes a triple-width closet with built-ins and a half bath. With a little imagination and some carpentry, this could be transformed into a first-floor laundry and perhaps a master bathroom if the rear two bedrooms were combined into a master suite.
The two rear bedrooms are about the same size--no fighting over whose is bigger!--with a closet wall in between. These could be two home offices, or move the wall and create a large, private master suite.
Downstairs you'll find a vast finished space that awaits your ideas. Got a home business? Plenty of room! Setting up a sewing studio? Bring it on! Just want to party? Go wild! Heck, there's enough space here for a roller-skating rink!
There's a bank of cabinets against the far wall with a sink that could be transformed into a cool bar, too!
Don't be afraid to fill that space with fun or furniture, because you still have a ton of unfinished storage space in this basement, including a full section beneath the two rear bedrooms that is not pictured on the floor plan below.
The back yard includes a fully-fenced area, so if a cute little rescue puppy follows you home from a shelter, don't worry--you'll already have a safe place for him to romp around! There is an additional unfenced area if you want a garden or play set.
This home has been well-maintained through the years, and although you'll want to do some cosmetic updates, much of the big-ticket work has been done--newer windows, 200 amp electrical service, an architectural shingle roof that is still fairly young, a 2-year old hot water heater, and natural gas heat. If you want a solid home that you can put your stamp on and grow into, don't wait to check this one out!