42 Blackman Rd.
A unique and eclectic retreat in a bucolic setting on 19 acres, yet just five minutes to the Epsom traffic circle and 17 minutes to Concord
- 5 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- 3,234 square feet
- 19.8 acres
- Spectacular sunroom and patio
- Two-story heated barn
- Updated systems
As you come up Blackman Road, cross over an ornamental bridge, pass other barns and a stone gazebo, and pass through stone walls onto the circular driveway of 42 Blackman Road, you'll already know this place is special. The setting is so peaceful that the occasional sound of a neighbor's passing car will come as a shock.
As you step in the front door you'll need a minute to take in the various features that make this home unique--the grand wood fireplace, beautiful pine floors, carved paneling and wallpaper murals, built-in cabinets and benches, beamed ceiling...
The entry and living room are wide open to the expansive dining area, and yet this part of the house has an intimate, cozy feel.
You can see in the photo below the paint detailing on the columns and beams, and rumor has it that one of the columns has a secret hiding space in it.
By contrast, step through one doorway and you're in world of light and space!
The grand sunroom features a vaulted ceiling, clerestory window, and a bank of sliders and French doors out to the patio, which overlooks the rear of the property and the wooded 17 acres. This is the perfect spot to host wine tastings or book clubs, or sit in quiet solitude and contemplation with a volume of Robert Frost.
The patio--or as Jay Gatsby might call it, the veranda--overlooks a large, cleared section of yard. Set up a butterfly garden, layout a vegetable garden, or watch your chickens roaming the grassy expanse as you soak up the warmth of the sun and nosh on a caprese salad and a cool Chardonnay.
Back inside, the updated kitchen is big enough to host its own party, and the modern appliances, cabinets, and sink are complemented by a traditional walk-in pantry (including the original pastry marble).
At the far end of the kitchen is an additional sitting area with even more cabinets and a pass-through to the sunroom, and behind the sitting area is a large storage space (which could be converted to several uses).
At the opposite end of the house there's an additional family room with another beautiful wood fireplace. This room would make a splendid home office, worthy of any CEO! The TDS fiber optic internet means you'll always be connected (if you want to be, that is).
And this is a good time to mention another charming feature of this home: it has cubbies and closets all over the place! The wall around this fireplace has six such spaces, including two hidden inside one of the closets.
As you head up the stairs from the living room you'll pass a built-in bookcase and come to the first of the five bedrooms.
This is the largest bedroom, and since it faces south and west it gets some wonderful light. It also opens directly to one of the two full bathrooms.
That bathroom also opens to the second bedroom. If you don't need five bedrooms, you could transform this into a huge closet/dressing room and have the grandest of master suites.
Down the hall, past the built-in bench and the balcony overlooking the sunroom, you'll find the other three bedrooms.
At this end of the house you'll find the second bathroom, which includes another wall of storage spaces, as well as a dedicated laundry room, which features a high-end ventless dryer.
The second floor also affords separate walk-up access to the two attics, in case you need more storage space.
Another great feature of this home is the two-story heated barn, with updated lighting and electrical service. This has been used as a woodshop, but it would also make an amazing art studio, or a great place to store your kayaks or Kubota.
Originally built in 1774 and added to through the years, this home offers a delightful blend of history and modern updates, intimacy and splendor, interior comfort and outdoor freedom. And now is your chance to create your own history here.