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The House that Grew 

30 Washington Street

Discover the perfect hideaway nestled at the end of a quiet, dead-end street, one block from the main street of Pittsford. It’s a small bungalow/Cape Cod style house, but step inside and the house expands.

With overhanging eaves and a low porch roof, the one and one-half story building appears to sit low to the ground. The building began life in 1929 as a rental property on a small, village estate. At that time it was a small gable-ended cottage without the current open porch and portico.

Step inside into a bright, cheerful living room with hardwood floors and cornice moulding. Imagine a late afternoon with sun streaming through the eight casement windows, or a wintry evening with the family gathered around the woodburning fireplace, the flames giving the room a flickering illumination. Go through the dining room with its deep cornice moulding and hardwood floor into a large open kitchen/family room. Here the 1990 addition begins. An island, separate breakfast area, and gas fired fireplace make this an all-purpose area. Beadboard gives the room an “old fashioned” feeling and ties the addition into the original house. The hot tub on the small porch off the back goes with the house. A few steps away is the separate two car garage. Two bedrooms and two full bathrooms complete the first floor. One bedroom with ample closet space is tucked in the front of the original house, protected from family traffic by a short corridor which also provides access to the full bathroom. The new master bedroom suite is located in the rear of the house. A Palladian window looks out onto the back yard and skylights bring natural light into the ample bedroom. Imagine falling asleep as the stars twinkle through the skylights. The full bath and the large fitted closet off the bedroom are also lit by skylights.

That’s the first floor. But there is more. The second floor – that half story above the original building – has been finished off and was used as a bedroom. The sloping ceiling gives a tucked-away feeling to the space. It could be an office or den, or a place for the children to play. And a portion of the second floor is left as a separate room for storage. A large finished room in the basement offers more space for office, study or playroom in addition to the usual laundry, storage, and furnace area.

With all of the privacy the house affords, it is still within walking distance of Pittsford center -- the stores, churches, schools, coffee shops, library, canal, and working dairy. Enjoy an evening stroll through the village, which has retained its nineteenth century charm and grace through community commitment to the preservation of historic character. Be on hand for the Canal Days and the traditional “Candlelight Night” in December. Enjoy village living!

The house contains 2188 square feet of living space. The property is listed at $298,000, with taxes of $9,274. For more information contact Bonnie Powers of Powers Realtors at 394-7672.

Lea Kemp is a Landmark Society volunteer as well as librarian/archivist at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.


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