5 New Rye Road
2294 sq. ft.
Lots of living space
Lots of storage space
Lots of outdoor space
View of rear with barn and decks
This is a charming historic property, perfectly located not far from the Epsom traffic rotary. The town says it was built in 1817, but its effective age is 1917 when house was moved to present location and must have gone extensive renovations and reconfiguration (it started as a center-chimney colonial, but now features two flanking chimneys.)
Its .97 acre lot features open, sunny play space (including dual horseshoe pitches), shaded yard space, and some wilder wooded area, set off by stone walls, picket fences, mature trees, & established gardens, including roses, hollyhocks, blueberries, grapes, etc. (See below for more photos of the yard.)
View from front corner
The natural entrance to the house, through a side door off the driveway, leads you into a cavernous breezeway with a vaulted ceiling, which features a sliding barn door to the rear decks and a nice bay window looking out the front. Though currently unheated, it would not be difficult to add that amenity.
The breezeway is attached to the barn/workshop, which we'll revisit, but it also leads directly into the kitchen.
The kitchen is fairly roomy, with a window over the sink looking out to the back yard. But the best part is the south-facing sitting area, which has crank-out windows and screens for breezy comfort. It's a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee while someone else makes the pancakes!
The kitchen leads to a surprisingly large formal dining room, which features the same hardwood floors you'll find throughout most of the house, as well as chair rail, period light fixture, and built-in cabinets. You'll have plenty of room for all your family and friends at Thanksgiving and other joyful gatherings.
Continue through the dining room and you pass the front entry stairs into the formal living room, which can be closed off by the pocket doors. The carpet you see is most likely hiding more hardwood floors, and the fireplace and built-in bookcase add a touch of elegance.
(The door to the left of the piano leads into a rear den. Since it is currently being used to help sort out belongings, the sellers chose not to have it photographed. It measures appx. 13 x 10.5 feet and includes a closet, so it could serve as a fifth first-floor bedroom. It also currently serves as a first-floor laundry room.)
The first floor is rounded out by a three-quarter bath with step-in shower, and a very large and well-shaded screen porch off the front entry, which might well become your favorite room "in" the house!
As you head upstairs, you'll discover that the second floor landing is large enough to accommodate a desk and office set-up; or add some bookshelves to the perimeter and start building your library.
One of the two larger bedrooms has two closets, and right now a large rug is hiding the hardwood floors
The second bedroom is also quite spacious...
Fourth bedroom. The door to the left of the window leads up to a large attic.
The attic is one of several large storage areas, not including the basement.
Pardon the mess!
The other two storage areas include the barn and the upper level of the detached garage.
The barn was wired several years ago as a woodshop, with 220 and 110 volt outlets.
The upper level of the barn measures appx. 23 x 21 feet, and would make a great art studio, or just extra storage.
Off the breezeway you'll find two adjoining decks that overlook the back yard--the perfect spot for a grill and picnic table!
Some more shots of the yard...
In addition to your own acre of lovely land, you're a 7-minute drive to the attractions of Bear Brook State Park, one of the great outdoor playgrounds in the area.
And just up the street, you have the swimming hole on the Suncook River at Webster Park...
With its historic heritage, a generous amount of inside living and outdoor space, its location close to some beautiful New Hampshire natural areas, and with easy access to Concord and Manchester, this property will make a perfect home for some lucky buyer. Will it be you?
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