Nobody does Halloween quite like Salem, Massachusetts. And for those who love a good ghost story, in Salem, they’re a plenty. So this week, we take you inside two of the most historic homes on the Salem market.
Each offers a storied history and mesmerizing architecture, with interiors that will transport you back in time. The only question is which would you choose, the Putnam-Balch House Splurge or the Federal Street Steal?
Splurge: 1871 Victorian Mansion Rich In Salem History For $1.395M
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a peek at one of Salem’s most storied houses. The Putnam-Balch House, now known as Greymoor, sits in Salem’s McIntire District on the same street as the Ropes Mansion and the Witch House.
Built in 1871 for James S. Putnam, it cuts a striking figure. The mansion is distinguished by ornate overhanging eaves and arch-framed windows, giving it an almost otherworldly flair. Yet the Victorian eclectic has matured well, thanks to a number of thoughtful renovations.
Among its 6,352 square feet are five bedrooms, two full and one-half bathrooms, plus a new kitchen and reimagined baths. But the majority of original details remain. Among these are gorgeous moldings, wood paneling, stunning fireplaces, and wood floors.
Yet there are a few quirky details to note as well. Oddly, there are built-in sink alcoves between rooms. The last we heard, they are not in working order but can be restored. Another fun fact? According to Salem News, Greymoor’s basement is rumored to be the site of X-ray experiments in late 1800s. Sounds spooky! But not enough to deter a serious buyer with a penchant for historic homes.
Living here puts you steps from Downtown Salem, the harbor, and a whole slew of acclaimed museums. For those who like public transportation, you will enjoy easy access to Boston via a commuter rail. If your dream is to own a slice of Salem history, Greymoor is a great place to start.
Kathy and Terry Sullivan with RE/MAX Advantage have listed 329 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts for $1.395 million.
Steal: Historic Federal-Style With Charming Garden And Prime Location For $690K
Nestled just a short block or so away, you’ll find yourself at the jewel of Federal Street. This centuries-old charmer is quite the looker, with a marigold yellow exterior, and historical details galore!
The home was originally built by Abner Goodhue, a blacksmith, in 1793. And yet, there is still so much to love.
From the winding staircase, to the stately fireplace, the cozy living room, to the country kitchen, it’s a warm and inviting place to be.
There are five-bedrooms, two-full-and-one-half-bathrooms, and ample space to unwind. This includes a second floor screened-in porch, open veranda, and private garden.
According to the listing, it is a cherished neighborhood, close to the train and ferry to Boston. But you’ll love the cafes, shops, and museums right outside your door.
The Merry Fox Team with Merry Fox Realty have listed 111 Federal Street, Salem, Massachusetts for $690,000.