BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Homebuyers looking in Brookfield have a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of town history at an affordable price.
A home for sale at 152 Whisconier Road is included in Brookfield’s registry of historic homes. The 14-room colonial was built in 1870 and was the former home of the Greene Music School. Keeping with its musical roots, the current owner is the leader of a Bluegrass band.
“The house has been preserved well and it’s rock solid,’’ said listing agent Denis Kobas of Coldwell Banker’s The Kendall Group. “It has a nice, warm, antique charm.”
The house includes three bathrooms and 2,680 square feet of space. The property includes a heated in-ground pool, two-car garage and slightly more than an acre of property. It is listed for $449,900. Click here for the property listing.
Despite its age, the home looks modern and has received multiple upgrades. Kobas said the owner has compiled pictures of the improvements he has made on the property in the last 30 years, which includes the pool installation (1997), central air conditioning (1999), roof (2005), terrace patio (2006) and boiler (2009). The home’s exterior took on new paint in 2013 and a new well tank was installed last year. This is not your father’s antique home.
“It preserves its history but compliments modern day living,’’ Kobas said. “Everything has been upgraded. A lot of times, older homes can show their age. The owner of this house took a lot of time to make sure it has been updated and well taken care of.”
The home is called Sunset Cottage due to its western exposure and spectacular views of sunsets in the backyard. It served as the music school from 1900 to 1924. The school closed after the death of its owner, Herbert Wilber Greene, according to information from the Brookfield Historical Society. The school had eight buildings at the time and hosted private lessons, lectures, and students studied voice and piano. It was also the first parsonage of the nearby First Congregational Church and after the school closed, was the Hillside Brook Inn.
The home still maintains its sense of history while also catering to the conveniences people prefer in 21st-century living. “It feels very homey,’’ Kobas said. “A lot of the pieces in the home are country style antique pieces. The owners love the simple things in life, and it’s reflected in this house.”
Kobas said that as part of the town’s Historic District, the property owners get front-row seats for the 4th of July parade and other activities during the year. Yet it also has privacy, and the pool earned “Pool of the Year” when it was installed. It is also convenient to nearby shopping and restaurant districts.
The final piece of the puzzle, Kobas said, was to post a fair-market price that would attract multiple offers. “It’s a value-driven price,’’ he said. “We didn’t want to price ourselves out of a competitive range.”
For more information, contact Kobas at 203-885-3870 or via email at Denis.Kobas@cbcmoves.com or Kim Kendall at Kim.Kendall@cbmoves.com or 203-885-3870.
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