Buying a historic home can frequently leave you subject to the decorating whims of someone long dead. If you're looking for open and breezy, the preferred layout of the last several decades, your best bet is to start considering early '90s "historic."
That doesn't hold true all the time, however. For instance, take this Colonialtown cottage that just hit the market for $700K. The circa 1900 home has been expanded and renovated while leaving its charming facade intact, filling its 2600+ square feet with all-modern appliances and finishes.
The 3-bed, 3-bath boasts warm word floors and intricately tiled bathrooms to take the chill out of a sleek, black and grey color scheme. The listing is represented by Paul Richards of Corcoran Premier Realty.
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