Sited along Newburyport’s celebrated and highly esteemed High Street, the Wood-Moseley House is quite unlike anything you have ever seen. Meticulously renovated inside and out, this circa 1792 Federalist mansion is one of the finest in town, believes Peter Marengi of William Raveis Realty, who co-lists the offering with Rachel Sayer for $3,750,000.
“When the (current) owner purchased this, it was being used as a five-unit apartment building. She spent the next two years with a historic advisor as well as the Newburyport Historical Commission, painstakingly mapping out the proper steps for reviving the home without destroying its historic integrity,” says Marengi. “Though all of the beautiful details were preserved and brought back to their original splendor, extensive renovations such as cement board siding, new windows and roof, central air, radiant heat in some rooms, refurbished archways and moldings, and a complete electrical, heating and plumbing modernization brought this luxurious home up to today’s standards.”
The original wrought iron fence, discovered in pieces and subsequently sent to an iron forge for repair and replication, leads the way to a brick walkway and into a classic center hall with a dramatic staircase boasting restored hand carved banisters and balusters. A dream come true for those who appreciate fine period architecture, the formal living and dining rooms as well as the handsome library feature scrupulous dentil and crown moldings, raised paneling, and intricate fireplaces believed to be the work of the renowned Salem craftsman Samuel McIntire. While it features every modern day convenience including custom cabinetry, gleaming granite, professional-grade stainless steel appliances, a large center island, and a generous dining area, the magnificent kitchen was thoughtfully designed to fit well within the historical nature of the home. Rounding off this level is a gorgeous sunroom with tall windows and French doors to a covered veranda and a large manicured yard with an in-ground swimming pool.
Sharing the second and third floors are six elegantly appointed bedrooms including the jaw-dropping master suite elevated by a private office space, a butler’s pantry with coffee station and wet bar, and two sumptuous baths. A finished lower level features a game room, wine room, television room, two workshops, and two half baths.
Completing this amazing property is a versatile 2,300 square foot renovated barn with a two-bedroom apartment, two garage bays for three cars, and a pool lounge with outdoor bar. Well-suited for an au pair or in-law, this legal two unit property also affords the opportunity for income potential.
“Wanting its beautiful roughhewn interior preserved, she wrapped the barn in a shell so that all of the electrical is on the outside so as not to disrupt its original woodwork. She really worked hard at bringing it back to life”, recounts Sayer. “Every fixture, every trim, every door knob in both buildings, has a unique twist. You could walk through these rooms a hundred times and always notice something new and exciting.”
This very special offering is shown by appointment only. To schedule a private tour, call Peter Marengi at 978-809-6221 or Rachel Sayer at 978-828-1684.