As you enter the ivy filled yard, open the front door and walk through the house and garden, you are taken in by every detail from the newly refinished floors to the wall colors to the garden that invites you to sit. This gracious house is more than ready to move in.
A brick walkway along a white fence boarding an ivy yard leads to 320 Barrington Street. Privet hedges add privacy and formality to this 1910 Colonial Revival style house. The entry door is framed with white pediment and has a fan light over the door. The black and white tile entry with coat closet welcomes you to the house as you step up through an arched doorway into a large foyer. This leads into the gracious living room with a bay window and plantation shutters and custom moldings. A lovely fireplace with white marble surround and mantle is flanked by built in cabinets.
A spacious dining room with ceiling medallion and crystal chandelier as well as an expansive window is entered through pocket doors. A small hallway features a half bath and opens into a remodeled kitchen with double white tile back splash with tile rope accent, black granite tile counters and tile floors and wrought iron chandelier and new appliances. There is a small room off the kitchen that is large enough for an ample mudroom or a small office or computer room. The basement has some built in storage, updated mechanicals and ceiling high enough to enclose a space for fitness room.
From the foyer, the first of two landings on the stairway is large enough for a small table and shelves. The second landing has a large window seat with storage and shelving on both sides. The master bedroom is spacious with two closets and with a bathroom featuring a soaking tub and dressing area, separate shower and laundry area with a washer and dryer. A second bedroom has a separate sitting area overlooking the garden. There a nice sized closet and its own bathroom. The third bedroom features tasteful window treatments designed by the owner. Just when you think you are finished you find the third floor with a large bedroom and separate bathroom with original clawfoot tub. An area in the hallway could accommodate a desk and seating. Lastly there is a walk in attic storage space.
You can enter the garden from the side entrance or from the screened porch, which is reached from the dining room through French doors. There is a circular brick patterned patio to accommodate a table and four chairs, brick and pavers leading through the garden and a brick turnaround from the driveway that is artfully placed as an integral part of the garden. At the back is curved area with large Rose of Sharon trees, boxwood and a bench for sitting. The many plantings create a lush green garden, with no grass to mow anywhere in the yard. A small rectangular brick pool with fountain is framed with while pergola and could be filled with koi.
The asking price is $285,000 and the taxes are $8,282 for this 2,378 square foot home located in the heart of the Park Avenue area, close to restaurants, shops and cultural institutions. Contact Patricia Daniels at 442-6352 if you would like to see this property.
Nancy Hicks & Paula Futrell
Nancy Hicks & Paula Futrell are volunteers for the Landmark Society of Western New York.