For those real estate aficionados with an eclectic pallet, the Joseph Ross House in Salem awaits. Nestled between Lynn and River streets in the heart of the famed McIntire District, this charming 1795 antique Colonial comes complete with a long list of 18th-century features and an equally long list of contemporary updates. Listed for $599,900, this unique opportunity is presented by Alison Martel of J. Barrett and Company.

“Although this home is well over 200 years old, it has had only a handful of owners, having stayed in one family for nearly a century, so it has been lovingly maintained,” says Martel. “It truly showcases the perfect blend of old and new.”

A cobblestone drive large enough for two cars leads the way to a home that is noticeably immersed in history, with recently refinished original wide pine flooring flowing easily from room to room. Both the formal living and dining rooms are appointed with classic pine field paneling, detailed moldings and trims, custom built-ins and original fireplaces. Though it does feature thoughtful upgrades such as granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, a step through the eat-in kitchen is like a step back in time. Thanks to the preservation of its beamed ceiling, exposed brick and original cabinetry, its character has been wisely retained. Also on this level, find a washroom, pantry, and a full bath with a claw foot tub.

The second level features flexible office space with wall-to-wall carpeting, a sky-lit bathroom with cathedral ceiling and two fireplaced bedrooms, including a master with decorative wainscoting and a very large dressing room with custom window seating. One flight above, find an additional two bedrooms.

Boasting an equally intriguing exterior, this sunny and bright gambrel-style home is further enhanced by stone walls and a quaint Beacon Hill patio, beautifully landscaped and wired for sound and security. Surrounding this little oasis is a plush Japanese garden with magnolia, flowering crab, dogwood and perennial rose bushes.

Located within blocks of downtown, this special property has been on the Salem Garden Club Stroll many years as well as on the Historic Salem House Tour. It is conveniently near the train station, the waterfront, the library and Peabody Essex Museum.

An open house is planned for Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To schedule a private showing or for additional information, call Alison Martel at 518-307-9270.


8 rooms

4 bedrooms

2 full baths

2,754 square feet



Alison Martel

 J. Barrett and Company



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