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Some restoration isn’t that dissimilar to the restoration of a fine piece of art. Classic homes built at the turn of the century are often architectural treasures rich with history and detail unseen in most modern houses. The beautiful, flowing 4-bedroom Colonial home at 38 Elm Street is an elegant example of just that. Teeming with character and exquisite design elements throughout, 38 Elm Street has been painstakingly restored to celebrate the homes stunning architectural history and artfully preserved je ne sais quoi.

Located on the historically significant Elm Street in Westerly, the home sits just steps away from the shops, restaurants, parks and entertainment that have sparked a renaissance for the quaint downtown. The original home was built in 1877 with a second build adding onto the structure in 1910. For the homes current owners, the preservation of the home has been a labor of love.

Outside, the home stands with great, classical poise and a strong local presence. Inside, the striking and unexpected open floor-plan flows from room to room, creating an inviting space ideal for which to share any and every occasion.

Entering from the front porch into the home, a small foyer opens into an impressive double parlor. The original front door boasts beveled glass and etched side lights which brings an element of warmth and history to the space. The walls have been fully restored and striped of many layers of old wall paper, and the walls and ceilings have been resurfaced and either re-painted or re-papered. Original fir wood floors flow across the homes first floor. Along the walls, original moldings and trim-work have been scraped and restored. The parlor also features original crystal light fixtures, once powered by gas when the home was first built. Pocket doors separate both rooms of the parlor. The larger of the two rooms enjoys built in corner bookshelves and a back-to-back fireplace shared with an adjacent Florida room.

The beautiful Florida Room can be entered by French doors at either side of the fireplace it shares with the parlor. The fireplace has two separate flues allowing for separation between the rooms. Original tiled floors flow across the room which looks out to the backyard pool through a separate back entrance and double-hung windows from all sides. A half-bathroom off of the room leads into a cloak room that could be utilized for laundry or storage.

From the mudroom, the layout flows to the homes kitchen and back staircase which leads up to the homes second floor bedrooms. The spacious kitchen is surprisingly large and open for an older home, with a wide center island and an abundance of counter and cabinet space. In addition to double sinks, the kitchen also has a single sink on its wide island, both with garbage disposals. The dining area in the kitchen looks over the sunny and private backyard with a doorway leading outside.

An efficient, copper treated in-ground pool at the back of the home offers the perfect, private space for relaxation and fun. The pool has a nine-foot deep-end and three-foot shallow end as well as a diving board. Behind the pool is an unattached, two-car garage.

Back inside, between the kitchen and a wonderful butler pantry with original brass hardware sits the homes formal dining room. The fully restored dining room is an impressive, artfully designed space with unique original moldings and the homes beautiful, original built-in china cabinet.

With an original bannister complete with an authentic mortgage button, the master staircase leads from the front foyer to the homes second floor. Upstairs, thin-oak wood floors flow throughout the second floor. Textured wallpaper along the second-story landing offers gorgeous detail that compliments original ribbon work along the stairwell. A nook on the upstairs landing creates an ideal space for a small sitting area or office.

The first two of the homes four bedrooms sit street side with original double hung windows and corner closets. Both rooms are nicely sized with transom windows atop their doors. The third bedroom along the rear of the home has ornate bulls-eye molding and a spacious walk-in closet. All three bedrooms share a sizable bathroom with tiled floor, a natural wood vanity and tub/shower combo. The master bedroom is a wide room with an open feel accented by warm natural light. The master bedroom has a corner closet as well as an additional double closet and enjoys a master bathroom with tiled floors and black and white tiled tub surround.

38 Elm Street also has a full unfinished attic as well as an unfinished basement over the homes original granite foundation. For a Colonial home of its size, 38 Elm Street is remarkably quiet and non-drafty, with efficient heating throughout.

Each and every detail of 38 Elm Street has been preserved and beautified with love and care. For more on this spacious and elegant home, contact Realtor Susan Eldridge at 860-460-1067 or email her at This property is listed for $435,000.

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