In the U.S, the historic homes we cover as part of Curbed’s House of the Day series are often 19th-century Victorians or even midcentury masterpieces. Unlike in Europe, it’s rare to find a listing that is several hundreds of years old.
But that’s the case with this four-bedroom, four-bath home located near the Cape Cod Bay, a little over an hour south of Boston. Called the Tobey House, this rare “First Period” home was constructed in approximately 1682 as a single-story, two-room Cape with a loft. The home has gone through a number of changes and additions, but period features remain. The listing also sits on its original location; many historic homes were moved over the centuries.
Most notable are the home’s original massive fireplace and colonial hall and parlor, likely built to honor the wedding of the first owners. Other features include gunstock corner posts, 17th-century doors and hardware, and built-in cupboards. In the mid-18th century, the house was expanded to include two first-floor rooms and a pair of second-floor rooms with Federal-style fireplaces. A new kitchen, storage area, and barn were added in the 19th century.
A careful renovation took place in 2013 to try to restore the Tobey House’s charm and authenticity. Projects included removing the lead paint, restoring the original oak and pine flooring, repairing plaster walls with historically accurate colors, and re-glazing and re-installing the windows.
Eager to own a piece of history? 44 Water Street is on the market now for $600,000.