513 W. 8th Street

This home seems to once have been two separate houses (one of which dates back to the Civil War) that were connected at some point. This gives the current owners extra room and also adds some quirky details, like the three-way staircase on the second floor. The home has thoughtful balance of old and new. For example, the dining room fireplace insert and mantel are original, but the tilework is new, as is the first floor crown molding, while the floors are still the original wood. The kitchen has been completely renovated and has an unusual island that works well for traffic flow. Some interesting projects that will be starting soon include moving the laundry room to the second floor, freeing up its current space to become a screened porch. What is now the master bedroom will become a bathroom and laundry room, connecting to another bedroom to create a master suite. The third floor attic is now a lovely family room with large windows and a shiplap wall.  The soothing colors and elegant textures of this home create a restful, refined atmosphere that feels far removed from the busy urban neighborhood just outside the door.