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Victorian Gothic mansion with whimsical secrets asks $525K

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Functional gas lamps and hand-operated elevator, too

Exterior shot of stately Victorian Gothic four-story mansion with wraparound porch, tower, and multiple roof gables and intricate woodwork on the facade.
Chetstone was built in 1876 by Dr. Mary Blair Moody, New Haven’s first female physician.
Photos via Sotheby’s International Realty

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Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Price: $525,000

This storybook Victorian Gothic home in Connecticut has quite the pedigree. It was built in 1876 by one Dr. Mary Blair Moody, the first woman to practice medicine in New Haven, and was next purchased by Albert Haasis, an executive of the Dixon Ticonderoga pencil company, who named it Chetstone.

Haasis also left other enduring markings on the 4,355-square-foot five-bedroom, like the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-inspired paintings of rabbits still found in the attic today. Whimsical artwork aside, however, the stately, well-preserved manse boasts an abundance of original architectural details like its brownstone foundation, intricate woodwork on the facade and the interiors, wraparound porch, a tower room, multiple fireplaces, pocket doors, built-ins, and inlaid hardwood floors.

Other delights include functional gas lamps, a wood-and-rope hand-operated elevator that was believed to be used for patient visits, marble vanities throughout, and original kitchen cabinetry. A formal dining, several sitting and living areas, and other spaces offer a number of opportunities for relaxation and entertaining, while huge windows flood the old beauty with sunlight.

The four-story mansion has seen updates as well. A newly painted exterior, new boiler, radiant-heated floors, bathrooms, and refreshed roof and gutters with copper trimming (repaired after Superstorm Sandy with the help of a U.S. Department of Interior grant for historical sites) keep the property running smoothly. Located at 154 East Grand Avenue, it’s offered at $525,000.

Via: William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty (h/t Estately)