Belmont House of the Week: 37 Franklin St.

A friend of mine once complained that newly-constructed homes have expanded in size to where “you need a pair of roller skates to get from the bedroom to the bath.”

“What has happened to a cozy house?” she pondered.

For those of a similar mind, then seek out residential structures built during and immediately after the Depression of the 1930s. Attempting to keep building costs down, homes were built with necessity in mind, rather than the conspicuous consumption of “The Roaring ’20”: “[L]arge homes were built in the 1930′s, but they were less ornate and less concerned with the type of aesthetics common during the Victorian era” according to the website House Crazy. Livable space was at a premium with every inch used with the modern concept of personal space limited to closing the bedroom door.

If you’re looking for cozy, the white house for sale on Franklin Street should be considered. The 1937 Colonial has ten rooms in approximately 1,900 sq.-ft. located on a fifth of an acre. The house has a front-to-back living room with fireplace, wainscoting, crown molding and French doors. There is a grand-screened porch with kitchen and dining room access for outdoor entertaining three-quarters of the year. The dining room has chair rails, and lead glass beveled windows over-looking the screened porch. The kitchen has plenty of storage and room for a table and chairs. There is an electric stove, but the is a gas connection. A study, just off the living room, can also be used as a play room or office. The second floor has four to five bedrooms, one currently being used as a library, all having polished hardwood floors and new windows and the space provides lots of options to keep as-is or reconfigure for an additional bath and/or laundry. The property also has a garage and walk-up attic as well.

Price: $799,000

Listed by: Century 21 Adams KC, Anne Mahon


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