On the market: Cottage is home to Southport history
Updated 4:51 pm, Friday, July 24, 2015
SOUTHPORT-- An English-style cottage has stood the test of time from its position on a 0.58-acre level lot at 1014 Pequot Ave. since it was built in 1734.
The authentically preserved Jeremiah Osborne House has witnessed almost 300 years of history, standing watch as Southport Village evolved from a port for sea captains and merchants to a modern-day enclave that has one foot planted in the past and one rooted in the future.
The house was lovingly tended through the centuries, its unique features preserved while remodeling it to accommodate life in the age of technology.
This is a house for someone who appreciates history and enjoys the thought of being “lost-in-a-friendlier-time community,” the property’s real estate agent said. From the outside, the house looks plain. Inside, there is a magical mix of old and new.
A red brick path leads to the transom-topped front door, which faces Pequot Avenue, although the current owner prefers using the side entrance, which is adorned in wisteria vines. Inside the past is present in the hand-hewn chestnut ceiling beams and one-foot-wide floorboards with hand-made nails, the wide red brick fireplace with a functional beehive oven in the dining room — the house’s original kitchen, original hardware on the doors and door locks with brass interior keys. Even the landscaping is historically accurate.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Antique Colonial
ADDRESS: 1014 Pequot Ave.
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 9
FEATURES: walking distance to Southport Railroad Station, the village and beach, proximity to Interstate 95, walk to beach, historic house once owned by Jeremiah Osborne, a pew-holder at the Southport Congregational Church; original wide-planked chestnut floors, front and rear staircases, 200 amp electric, new high-efficiency gas heat, three original fireplaces, attic fan, ceiling fans, generator, bluestone patio, perennial gardens, stone wall, porch, completely dry unfinished basement, four bedrooms, two full and one half updated baths
SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High
TAX RATE: 24.79 mills
“It’s interesting to think that one hundred years ago it was the same as it is now,” the agent said of the grounds. The one subtle difference is that the natural wood saltbox barn/two-car garage has been converted into a yoga studio by the current owner. It is a heated, carpeted studio with skylights.
A new configuration was given to an old space, making it more relevant to today’s lifestyle with an easy flow and open rooms. And it has uncharacteristically high ceilings, particularly for a house built in the 18th Century. Little has changed, so you can appreciate the cleverness of engineering that keeps the house toasty in winter, cool in summer.
The formal front entrance has a foyer/sitting area with built-in bookshelves and a Rumford fireplace. The living room was the house’s original birthing room. It has a fireplace and built-in bookshelves. The family room has a bay window with a window seat and French doors to an “urban oasis in the middle of Southport center,” as the agent calls it. It has a red brick patio hidden from view behind an ivy-covered stone wall and a white door that serves as a gateway to this other world.
The 2,590-square-foot house has a real country kitchen with butcher block counters, terracotta tile floor, Thermador double ovens and bay window. The mudroom has the same tile floor. In the dining room, two walls have a border of authentic vintage Delft tiles at chair rail level. The side entrance hall provides access to a small office and the rear staircase.
On the second floor the master bedroom has a dressing room with two walls of built-in closets, and the master bath features a large shower, skylight, and white and green tiles on the lower walls.
The third floor comprises a windowed attic, a large unfinished space with lots of potential and storage.
Outside, the backyard has beautiful landscaping, open lawn and a path stretches back in a long rectangle to a vernal pond with all sorts of indigenous plants. Local residents ice skate on the pond in winter. From the backyard there is a romantic rose bush and ivy tunnel that goes to the red brick patio on the side of the house.
Despite its proximity to Southport Harbor and Southport Beach near the Westport town line, this house sits 17 feet above sea level and requires no flood insurance, according to the agent. And despite its historic nature the house does not sit within the official Southport Historic District.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Lois Lehman of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-520-2846.