This home at 92 Martha Street in the village of Spencerport looks deceptively small from the outside. Once inside you find 2,150 square feet of roomy spaces, interesting nooks & crannies, and lots of storage.
But, let's start outside. The lot is just 59' x 105.' However, there is a fenced back yard which would make a play space or some nice gardens, if you have a green thumb. While the original back porch is still there, a deck has been added which allows plenty of space for outdoor dining and relaxing. The spacious front porch is a delightful place to sit and admire the lovely old trees that line the street or entertain friends and neighbors.
The house was built during the early years of the 20th century and is a vernacular subtype of the American Foursquare with concrete block walls for the first story and shingles on the second story and dormers. There are elements and details of the Prairie style (e.g., the large roof overhangs) and the Craftsmen style (such as stained glass in several windows).
The entrance has original stone floors and you begin to notice the original dark-stained woodwork all through the house. The house has freshly painted walls throughout in soft neutral colors. The wood-burning fireplace in the living room has an updated surround and mantel and there is new carpeting. Pocket doors lead to the dining room, which has newly tiled floors, but retains the original woodwork and stained glass in the large window. The tile continues into the kitchen, which has brand-new cabinets, sink, and countertops. Off the kitchen is a small breakfast nook and a room that can be a den or office with its built-in bookcases. The kitchen has a side entrance from the driveway. Continuing downstairs, the basement offers abundant storage closets and the hook-ups for washer & dryer. There is also a full bathroom.
Proceed to the second floor via a staircase with pretty banister and a cedar-lined window seat on the landing. In the upstairs hall, there are two built-in linen cupboards. Four bedrooms have new carpeting and the bathroom has been totally redone with all new fixtures, tile and vanity. A staircase leads to a finished attic that could serve as yet another bedroom, a playroom, or studio. Additional storage space is available on this level.
Spencerport's motto is "Someplace Special." And, so it is! From this village home you can walk to the shops and restaurants and to the park by the Erie Canal. On summer Sunday evenings, stroll to the gazebo on the canal and enjoy a free concert. The last weekend in July is the Spencerport Canal Days event, which includes in art and crafts, music, good food and a classic car show.
This comfortable home is being offered at $179,900; taxes are $5,814 (basic STAR reduces this figure by $738). To see this house, contact Rick Leasure of RealtyUSA/Rick Leasure Divison at 729-2500.
by Sue & John Habbersett
Sue & John are Landmark Society volunteers