Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Historic House For Sale Tour - Judah Baker House

Judah Baker house, front facade, classic 3/4 cape
494 Main St., S. Dennis, MA
3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, 1869 square feet.  Asking price is $425,000

Today we are going to tour the new listing of our friend and colleague at Kinlin Grover, Cindy Muzyka.  494 Main St., otherwise know as the Judah Baker house, is located in one of the most charming historic villages on the Cape, the South Dennis Historic District.

The house is a classic 3/4 cape and dates to 1829.  Judah was a housewright, known today as a builder, or more accurately, a carpenter who built homes.  The home has simple but elegantly proportioned rooms and retains much of its early 19th century fabric.

Large kitchen with lots of light
Now that's a pantry!
Many of our clients pine for exactly this type of house.  It has been preserved over the years in close to its original layout.  The kitchen was added to an ell off the back of the house, sparing the original kitchen which is now the living room (or could be used as a dining room).  The kitchen itself is older and in need of a renovation.  However, it is large and bright and has one of the most charming pantries I've ever seen.

This room would once have been the original kitchen.
There have been later changes to the fireplace

The front parlor, currently set up as a bedroom
The bathroom is located off what would have been the original kitchen, in the original borning room and the buttery.  This too is in need of updating, but has ample space to work with.

We could go for a lemonade on this screened in porch!

This small room to the left of the front door would once have
been a bedroom.  Makes a wonderful home office.
To the left of the front door is one of the original bedrooms and to the right is the parlor. These rooms retain their original flooring, charming cupboards and doors with thumb latches.  They all have fireplaces, though there have been some modifications to the fireboxes over time.  Exploring the main section of the house is like stepping back in time.

Upstairs bedroom
Upstairs opens into a spacious room at the landing which leads to two original bedrooms.  This area of the house does need some attention to the plaster, but again, retains original floors, trim and doors.  The area of the house which has seen the most recent renovations is the accessed via a door upstairs or from a separate staircase.
Upstairs bedroom under the eaves

Through this door, lies a studio apartment with its own kitchen and large windows overlooking the private back yard.  If the next owner would prefer to use this as a master bedroom, it could easily be converted.

Upstairs one bedroom apartment
The property has 1.76 mostly wooded acres.  It sits prettily among other historic homes and faces Main St.  It also has a two car garage and a recently installed septic system.

The property is in close proximity to the new bike path as well as conservation land and Bass River on 1.76 mostly wooded acres.  Would you like to see it?  Give us a call, 774-994-1337 or email

Workshop or gardening shed

Two car garage with workshop visible beyond to the right

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