Posts are few and far between these days, but came across something so special I just had to mention it to whomever might still be checking in to this blog. We recently were invited to tour an old home on the market in the Mystic, CT area. The realtor sent me the link to the listing and when I saw the photo I couldn’t believe it, we had to see it in person. The 2 story front vestibule, if original, is a rare feature and certainly a sign of 17th century provenance. The homeowner has done the genealogy and traced it to 1664. The Culver house, sitting on over 42 of its original acres, still maintains the features and atmosphere of the original owners. The front entrance mimics its New London neighbor, the Hempsted house, and because the large cooking fireplace in the rear is so close to the back wall of the house it makes me wonder if, like the Hempsted house, it too had a lean-to at the back.
Either way, the large stone fireplace, the exposed beams throughout, the plaster walls, wide board floors, front staircase with stone chimney wall exposed – will tempt you to move to this hidden 17th century paradise!
Yes, it will need some work – but for $399K and 42 acres – goodness, it’s a deal! It is liveable now, and lived in lovingly by its delightful and knowledgeable owner. But for most folks, it will need a new kitchen. There are other items we would address to bring it back to its true original look, but they are optional. Apparently, it can be subdivided, but gosh, would hate to see that happen. We did not walk the entire property, but there’s a little bridge and I’m told there are stone walled open meadows beyond. It may not be in the most popular, and pricier, location close to downtown Mystic, but that can be a good thing!
If you know any purists looking for such a gem, please spread the word. If anyone needs advice, consultation or restoration for the house – just call us, we know exactly what to do with it. While we LOVE our own 17th century house, one like this sure was tempting. It’s a pretty rare find.
Such a fabulous house, hope someone will make it their home. It takes work to restore these houses, we are now in our fifth year of restoring ours, but it is well worth it.