A Classic Home, Breathing New Life into Old Bones

By Tracey Chareas, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Tracey is a Residential Sales Specialist with a background as a designer and former CPA. She provides staging services as part of her listing package using an extensive collection of vintage furniture and home accessories, leveraging her unique and specialized skill set to analyze and effectively merchandise properties to achieve their fullest potential. Growing up she was involved with her family’s real estate development and interior design firms in Pennsylvania, through which she developed her passion for real estate as both an investment and a lifestyle. Tracey is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has lived in various parts of the country, but has called the Boston area home for over ten years. A lover of antique houses, she lives with her husband and two young children in a Victorian farmhouse in the small village of Byfield within Newbury.
Tracey Chareas

A gorgeous old house with a welcoming front porch, high ceilings, a huge yard and a two car garage. On a beautiful and desirable street walking distance to great schools and restaurant row in Newburyport.  A classic home with updated systems and original woodwork, full of memories of a life built here over almost 30 years.

But it sits on the market, a super hot Newburyport market, for months, causing the owners to worry… do they drop the price again on this house that is so special and rare?

Thinking of new ways to help, my team leader Robert Bentley decides to ask me to go for a visit to talk to the owners, who are eager to start their new life as snowbirds in Florida. When I enter the front door I am immediately in love, not only with the house but the warm and gracious owners. Houses with ceiling height, original (in some cases never painted!) gleaming woodwork, a true single family neighborhood feel with a yard that you could practically raise farm animals in, all in downtown Newburport… this is not something that deserves to have the price dropped without an intervention first.

So what needed to change? It truly was as simple as some minor but drastically different cosmetic changes and a good old-fashioned stage for this classic home. The owners had spent their years in the house working on the systems and keeping the house in tip-top condition, but they were overwhelmed by decisions about design and so never made the cosmetic changes they desired.

The window treatments were dated and had to go. The paint and carpet in the entry had to be updated. The lighting fixtures were dated, and the furniture was well-loved and improperly scaled, making airy rooms feel small and impractical.

We changed all of this and what results is a house that I would move into tomorrow if I could bring my chickens and dreams of ACTUALLY raising farm animals in my backyard.

Curious? See the pictures and listing and visit me on Sunday as I am hosting the first open house from 1 to 3pm! 14 Lafayette Street Newbuyport, MA



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