“This 1809 grand Federal mansion, complete with its own entrance and stunning period details throughout, has been meticulously restored,” says listing broker Betsy Merry of MerryFox Realty. “Absolutely breathtaking, this home is a crown jewel.”

You undoubtedly love the location, but have reservations about the parking. Perhaps you are enamored by early nineteenth century design but worry about the traditional lack of storage space and small rooms. Well, your golden opportunity may be right before your eyes. Prominently facing the quiet side of Salem Common, this two-level condominium boasts two floors of generous and classically appointed rooms, a dry basement of more than 1,000 square feet of storage and an attached carriage house accommodating two cars – something that Merry refers to as being “as rare as a hound’s tooth” in this city. Brand new to market, it is priced at $875,000.

On the first level, the principle rooms boast high ceilings, fan light windows, floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors to a veranda, and an enormous flexibility. While two of the rooms may have most likely served as formal parlors back in the day, currently they are being used as a living room and family room. There is a luxurious marble bath with soaking tub on this level, attached to the master bedroom. A traditional center hallway graced with walls of bookcases and three walk-in closets, leads the way to a gracious dining room, and country kitchen.

An additional en suite bath shares the second floor with a home office or bedroom and a third bath with shower. Perhaps the greatest surprise here however, is the view. “The building faces west so during the course of the year, the landscape actually changes. This upper level sits high up on the Common so not only do you have gorgeous views, you actually get a sea breeze,” says the seller. “The minute I saw this house, I took mental possession of it before I even stepped inside. I just knew from the start that there was something very special about it.”

Ideally located, this fabulous residence is located within minutes of the train station, the Salem Ferry, Peabody Essex Museum, fine dining, and eclectic shopping.

“The livability here is absolutely extraordinary,” says Merry. “This house was built during the age when people had a lot of money so here you will find tremendous closet space, six ornately carved fireplaces, and elaborate moldings and trims. This is a perfect place for the buyer with very discerning taste.”

For additional information, or to schedule a private tour of this special offering, call Betsy Merry at 508-641-6241. Open House Sun. Feb. 24th 11-12:30, 92 Washington Sq., E, Salem, MA.

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