Historic properties like the Thoreau-Alcott House – as in legendary authors Henry David Thoreau and Louisa May Alcott – are rare finds. While owning a piece of American history is the beauty of purchasing any historic home or estate, the immaculately maintained Thoreau-Alcott House comes with multiple layers of history.
Built in 1815, the 5,807-square-feet, two-story home is a stunning example of original Federalist Colonial architecture and 21st-century livability. In addition to high ceilings, nine fireplaces, and newly refinished hardwood floors, the home includes six bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, and several living areas.
The new open kitchen, which seamlessly connects to the main living room, contains a Carrara marble island and granite countertops as well as high-end stainless-steel appliances. As a bonus, a finished and heated tri-level barn addition houses a three-car garage and full bath along with an expansive entertainment room and bar with eye-catching wood beamed ceilings.
The Thoreau-Alcott House is as colorful as the authors who once lived there. While the interior is a blend of modern wall colors, the three-quarter-acre private grounds reflect a tapestry of seasonal colors, which provide breathtaking views from porches and the patio and pool area.
At the Thoreau-Alcott House, Henry David Thoreau penned a significant portion of his most famous book, Walden, and Louisa May Alcott wrote Jo’s Boys, which followed her renowned Little Women and Little Men books.
During that era, Concord, Massachusetts was a creative enclave for other literary greats, including Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson. One can only imagine whether they ever set foot in the Thoreau-Alcott House.
Situated in Middlesex County, Concord is part of the Greater Boston metro area and just 19.4 miles from the city. Despite the privacy that the Thoreau-Alcott House offers, its in-town location at 255 Main Street is within walking distance to shopping, dining, the library, nature trails, and the commuter rail.
The Thoreau-Alcott House is represented by Amy Barrett with Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty. The listing price is $2.635 million. Click here to see more photos.