420 Lowell Street
2,554 total sq. ft.
Soooo much bigger than it looks, and just two blocks from Derryfield Park in Hanover Hill
Standing in the living room of this California Bungalow, you won't believe it's the same house you were looking at from the street. Can you really fit five good-sized bedrooms, a vast living/dining room plus a sunroom, a roomy kitchen, and a couple of other nooks in such a modest facade?
As you come in the rear door from the driveway, you get a nice mudroom with built-in shelving, an essential feature in New England!
The mudroom opens to a rear gallery that connects the kitchen to the deck, so in warmer months you can bring the outdoors in. In cooler months, a bistro table would be the perfect perch for a morning cup o' Joe and your laptop.
The kitchen is an awesome blend of Art Deco retro style and modern updates. The expansive solid-surface counters are new, as are the appliances--including a 6-burner stove for serious cooks. And in addition to all the standard cabinetry, there's a double-wide pantry, so no one has to go hungry!
The kitchen also has some little touches that contribute to its homeyness, such as open display shelves, the gallery bar, deep pull-out drawers for pots and pans, and an old ironing board closet (to the left of the refrigerator) that would make a great spice shelf.
Just around the corner from the kitchen is a little nook that could serve as an informal breakfast area, or add a bookshelf and a small desk and you'll have a kid's homework "office."
Beyond the nook the house opens into a broad living/dining room, 29 feet from end to end, with hardwood floors, ceiling fans, south-facing windows, an electric fireplace with heat blower, and a mullioned door to the front entry.
The front entry features a lovely tile floor and built-in bookcase, and is open to the front sun room, which is graced with a vaulted ceiling and is bathed in light--a great spot for relaxing with a book or cultivating a veritable jungle of houseplants!
But we're not done with the first floor yet...
In the rear of the house there is a large bedroom and adjacent updated full bathroom, so you can accommodate a family member who might need single-level living; separate yourself from the kids upstairs; or just use it as a nice, private office.
As you head upstairs you'll find four bedrooms, including a master bedroom with bathroom and laundry.
At the top of the stairs there's a quarter bathroom for night-time convenience.
The master bedroom...
The master bedroom is a surprising feature of this home: it includes a large closet with walk-in space, as well as a large, updated master bathroom with its own large closet and laundry hook-ups.
The second bedroom has a small closet and a second closet almost as large as the room itself!
The basement has a finished section where the kids can raise a ruckus (that's a padded floor, not real wood!). And the built-in desk makes it easy to run an eBay or Etsy business down there, or just use it as an extra office.
Even with the finished space, the basement has plenty of raw storage area, so you can keep your cars in the garage instead of your "stuff."
Although the house has age and character, the systems have been brought up to date: the natural gas furnace is 5 years old, the electrical service is 200 amp and was recently rewired; and the roof is brand new, with 30-year architectural shingles with an ice and water shield under all of it.
Step through the sliders by the kitchen and you're on a nice-sized deck, where you can grill up some steaks for your friends, or relax with a glass of wine and watch the sunset over the city.
One of the great attactions of the neighborhood and this house is that you are only two blocks from...
View from Reservoir Avenue, with the famous pound door
Derryfield Park is one of the great open spaces in Manchester, featuring three baseball/soccer fields, tennis courts, a playground, and plenty of open space, not to mention a great view of the city.
It's one of the best spots in town for watching the city fireworks, flying kites, or playing frisbee; and if fitness is your thing, a few circuits around the park will keep your cardio in top form. And watching the sunset from the top of the park could become an addiction!
Derryfield is a wonderful resource for the city, and you'll be just a two-minute walk away!
Wide open spaces, and a view of the city
Playground below the ball fields