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October 11, 2013

Salem's spectacular Italian revival goes national

This Italian revival in Salem’s acclaimed McIntire District is a seamless blend of 19th-century charm and 21st-century convenience. Sited atop historic Chestnut Street, this residence, built for then-governor Samuel P. Andrew in 1856, is Renaissance architecture at its finest. While priceless period details have been thoughtfully preserved throughout, renovations by the current owners have made this a home well suited for today’s contemporary lifestyle.

“The house is absolutely elegantly appointed with the most exquisite décor. The owners are interior designers by trade, and that shows in every room,” says Realtor Betsy Merry of MerryFox Realty. “In addition to the obvious appeal, the infrastructure is amazing with soaring ceilings, state-of-the-art systems that include a high-tech alarm system and two ultra-modern furnaces with nine zones of heat.”

Step through the front screened veranda, and it is as though you are strolling through time, as the central foyer leads to dramatic living and dining rooms adorned by fine moldings and fireplaces carved of Carrara marble. A generous butler’s pantry with rich mahogany cabinetry makes for a smooth transition from formal to casual dining, for on the other side lies a kitchen fit for a master chef. While it has been meticulously brought up-to-date with custom handcrafted glazed oak cabinets, top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances and granite counters, the original cast-iron cooking stove serves as a reminder of this home’s past. “While we wanted a high-tech, modern kitchen, we were careful to stay true to the magnificent character of the house,” says the owner.

Rounding off the main floor, find a handsome library with oversized windows, banks of custom shelving and a wood-burning fireplace, along with a powder room.

Upstairs, find three bedrooms including the grand master, whose en-suite bath could only be described as palatial, featuring a Jacuzzi tub, glass shower, double sinks and marble flooring. A shared bath, sitting room and full laundry complete this level. One flight above to what was once the maids’ quarters, find extra space and a wealth of possibilities, according to Merry.

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