Enjoy the Upper Monroe neighborhood of Rochester on a deeper level as you walk along historic Crosman Terrace, a street filled with houses as beautiful as the old growth trees that surround them. The allure of this area comes from its diverse and influential past, when the street was home to some of Rochester's most active residents including C. F. Crosman, the founder of the Crosman Seed Company in 1840. Generations later, people who reside here recount local history with accuracy and a great deal of pride. They are loyal to the core, and maintain a strong neighborhood association that values community involvement and beautifying the gardens and parks that grace this unique area in southeast Rochester.
Upper Monroe neighborhood residents have done a superb job of preserving this area’s quaint city charm and historic significance. Rich in heritage, this neighborhood features many historic buildings, cultural landmarks and unique local meeting spots like The Corner Place, a community center that aims to create a space where diversity is welcome and civic-minded action is a priority. The area also has its share of boutiques and trendy restaurants with clever names such as Corky’s Craving Parlor and Angelina’s Cosmic Rainbow Art in addition to its abundance of outdoor spaces such as Cobbs Hill Park.
Situated in the heart of the Upper Monroe district is 120 Crosman Terrace, a beautiful Colonial Revival style house. Built in 1910, this residence boasts an eclectic mix of historical details combined with contemporary elements to create a nostalgic and welcoming residence. Entering this well-loved house from an immaculate and sizable porch and an entry vestibule, beautiful double stained glass windows grace the foyer and serve to enlighten the main staircase. This remarkable turn-of-the-century house features high ceilings, decorative crown molding, and ceramic tiled floors with handsome period details throughout. Queen Anne leaded glass pocket doors separate the main foyer from a spacious sun-filled front room complete with hardwood floors, a majestic window-seat, mahogany stained trim and a wood-burning fireplace. In the rear of this delightful house are a bright and spacious kitchen with heart of pine floors, a walk-in pantry, and an adjoining morning room. The expansive floor plan of the first floor also includes an impressive dining room with access to a private covered porch overlooking a partially fenced garden and a convenient den/office space is located directly off the foyer.
From the main foyer, a gracious oak staircase coupled with a butler staircase ascends to the second floor. Off the second floor landing are three good-sized bedrooms each of which could function as a home office. Storage is not a problem in this house as the second floor also contains an “Ironing Room” to allow for more shelving and usable floor space. The upstairs landing also leads to a delightful master bedroom with an adjacent master bathroom. In addition, the master bedroom has an accessible private sleeping porch - a charming feature that enhances this sizable room.
A full attic on the third floor of the house is well lit and partially finished. The attic provides a fifth bedroom or butler’s quarters and includes ample room for storage. 120 Crosman Terrace has 3,711 square foot of space and is listed at $229,900 with taxes of $7,112. For more information on, please contact Carla Rosati of RE/MAX First Realty Group at 585-473-3000.
Skye Alexandra Bird is a Rochester city resident and Landmark Society volunteer.