Eye-high hedges surround the home at 183 Brunswick Street and the unexpected charms within. Built in 1908, this American Foursquare style house has been outstandingly maintained and remodeled with historic sensitivity.
Entering through the carved wood and glass front door, one is struck by the abundance of unpainted wood trim and oak flooring throughout the house, as well as the many windows that welcome sunlight into each room. On one side of the central hall, the living room features a large box window with a sill deep enough to sit on. At one end, the fireplace is clad in ceramic tiles and a decorative iron firebox door, with leaded glass windows on each side. Across the hall is a small, bright dining room with a large bay window. Behind it, the eat-in kitchen, remodeled in 2003, has attractive oak cabinetry, limestone counters and quality appliances. A kitchen door leads to a small side porch and brick patio, perfect for outdoor eating.
Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom connected by a central hall. The generous master bedroom also has a decorative ceramic-tiled fireplace, and two closets. The two smaller bedrooms have windows facing two directions and closets. The newly remodeled bathroom has a two-storey high ceiling, and a charming lunette window at the top. Its white tiling and new fixtures are both fresh and appropriate to the style of the house. The walk-up attic contains a finished room with deep dormer window, which would make a nice office or 4th bedroom, as well as unfinished attic storage space.
The landscaping is noteworthy for its privacy, charm and low maintenance garden. One enters the property through a wrought iron gate. A square of grass at the front, shielded from the street by the hedges, is the ideal place for a lawn chair and a good book. The broad front porch, with newly painted wooden railings, columns and dark bead board ceiling, provides a pleasant view of the neighborhood. A stone pathway along one side of the house leads to the patio, with a perennial garden containing roses and clematis. A second gate links the patio to the single-car detached garage. The house is roofed with Rochester Concrete Tiles and has small decorative finials at the peaks.
Situated at the corner of two quiet streets, only a block away from Park Avenue, this house is within easy walking distance of restaurants, cafes and stores. This lively neighborhood, with its tree-lined streets and historic homes, is just minutes away from Rochester's museum district, art-house cinema at the Dryden and Little theaters, and the Eastman School of Music. Access to I-490 and I-590 is a few streets away in the other direction.
This 1856 square foot house is listed for $199, 900 with taxes of $4890. There will be an open house on January 29 from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call Ira Jevotovsky at RE/MAX Realty Group at 230-1187.
by Rebecca Webb
Rebecca Webb is a Landmark Society member who lives in a historic house in the Park Avenue area.