273 Oxford Street, Hartford’s West End

273 Oxford

Come see this quintessential West End Colonial, just a few steps from Elizabeth Park. The home offers a truly bright and open floor plan with many of the original architectural features you’d expect to see; natural woodwork, hardwood floors throughout, pocket doors, built-ins, and canvas ceilings.

A wide front porch welcomes guests and offers space to relax, chat with your neighbors, and watch the day go by. Inside, a double entry opens to an oversized foyer with a gracious turned staircase. There is a built-in seating area and additional space for a reading or music nook. The formal living room has a wood burning fireplace and leads to the formal dining room. Perfect for entertaining, the dining room features a lovely leaded glass hutch and connects to a three-season sunroom, which overlooks the backyard. The first level is completed with an eat-in space kitchen, original butler’s pantry, and powder room.

The second level offers four nicely sized bedrooms, which allows for flexibility in room set up, as well as a full bathroom and built-in linen closet.

The third floor features an impressive oversized bedroom, currently used as a den, with many built-in bookcases. There is an additional bedroom, kitchenette, and full bathroom on this level.

A small covered porch off the back of the home leads to the fenced backyard and 2-car garage. A newer, high efficiency Buderus gas boiler, updated electrical panel, and architectural shingle roof are valuable mechanical upgrades.

273 Oxford Street is 6 bedrooms, 2.1 bathrooms, 2,723 sqft, and is available for $355,000. For more information, or to schedule a private tour, please contact Amy Bergquist at 860-655-2125 or AmyB@AmyB-RE.com. More details and a photo tour are available.

61 Chevas Road, Avon

61 Chevas Rd, Avon

If you’re looking for an open floor plan with plenty of natural light and space for both formal and informal living, look no further. 61 Chevas is a contemporary split level with space for today’s living style.

Inside, the tiled entry foyer opens to the family room space which boasts hardwood floors, a wood burning fireplace, and a wall of slider doors overlooking the lower deck and back yard. There is also the laundry room, a powder room, and access to the attached 2-car garage on this level.

Up a half level are the formal living and dining rooms which are open to each other, as well as the kitchen. Vaulted ceilings and skylights enhance the open plan. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counters, tile backsplash, and an eat-in space. Grilling and eating outside are simplified with slider door access to the upper deck.

Up another half level is the sleeping space. The master bedroom features a vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet, and en-suite bath. There are two additional bedrooms and a full hall bathroom.

The lowest level is an additional finished space, perfect for an office or play room. There is also a powder room, large storage area, and walkout access to the backyard.

The private back yard offers space to play and relax. The multi-level deck is perfect for entertaining.

The home is connected to public water and sewer and has central air conditioning and propane heat.

61 Chevas Road is 3 bedrooms, 2.2 bathrooms, 1,822 sqft, and is available for $315,000. For more information, or to schedule a private tour, please contact Amy Bergquist at 860-655-2125 or AmyB@AmyB-RE.com. More details and a photo tour are available.

April Contracts: Spring in Greater Hartford

2018-05-02 Hartford County Single Family Contracts in April 2018

Greater Hartford arrived in the heart of the spring real estate market during April with 1,026 deals reached during the month. It was a 6% increase over last year’s number, and brought the year-to-date deal total to within 1% of the prior year. 2018 is another very active real estate year.

Inventory levels remained low, continuing the trend from the first quarter. At the end of April the metric stood at 3 months. A market is generally considered a seller’s market when inventory dips below 3 months, so Greater Hartford was right on the line.

The other trend to watch is mortgage rates. There have been a couple steps upwards in rates so far this year, and there continue to be fears that rates could move even higher. Despite the uptick, mortgage rates continue to be near historic lows. Buyers may feel the pain of incrementally more interest in their monthly payments, but the total deal counts for April clearly show that the changes have not been enough to discourage buyers from putting homes under contract.

May is traditionally a very active month, and we see no reason to think 2018 will be any different. Happy spring everyone!

2018-05-02 Hartford County Single Family Contracts in April 2018 by Town

33 Charter Oak Place, Unit #3-5, Hartford

33 Charter Oak 3-5

It is rare to find a truly exceptional home in Downtown Hartford, but 33 Charter Oak Place has a very unique opportunity available – a four-bedroom penthouse condominium.

Charter Oak Place, the original site of the Charter Oak tree that was used to hide the Connecticut State Charter in 1662, is a quiet residential street one block south of the Public Library in Downtown Hartford.

Number 33 is on the north end of the street, and is one of the many 19th century buildings that define the neighborhood. Built in 1860 for Nathaniel Shipman, an attorney and federal judge, the Italian Villa style Victorian home features large windows, high ceilings, preserved architectural details, and an offset veranda at the entrance on the left side.

The interior of the building was reimagined and updated in the 1980s. There are currently 5 units, organized around the original central staircase.

The most spectacular residence is on the top level. The main living area includes the open living room, dining area, and kitchen, which are all accented by an exposed brick chimney with wood burning stove. A tall Palladian window stretches all the way to the vaulted ceiling, looking east over the other historic buildings on the street. Numerous skylights ensure that the oversized space is bright and cheery, in addition to being fully updated and freshly painted.

There are four bedrooms and two full baths on the top level of the building. By combining unit 5 with unit 3, the current owners created a spacious and functional space that provides modern amenities, historic character, central location, and a feeling of home.

Everything has been updated, with modern finishes in the kitchen and baths. There is laundry in the unit near the master bedroom, and the entire space is air conditioned. The combined unit even comes with two garage parking spots.

The building itself is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture. Exterior details welcome guests, and embrace you on the private covered balcony with views of the Colt Armory dome. Touches throughout the building and unit are a constant reminder that 33 Charter Oak Place is part of the City’s history.

Everything within the Downtown area is within walking distance. The Library and Front Street district are just a block away. Colt Park is about a block away in the other direction. It’s a short walk to the Wadsworth, the central business district, Bushnell Park, and all the restaurants, theaters, and entertainment options the City has to offer. On those chilly days when you’re not up for a walk, the free Dash shuttle provides an additional option to move throughout Downtown.

Despite those advantages, what really makes this property special is that it feels like home. A large fenced front lawn is available for your enjoyment. Chairs line the front veranda, encouraging a conversation with your neighbors. The penthouse residence offers a unique space that can be enjoyed as a quiet refuge in the heart of the City or shared with friends as a central gathering point. This is Downtown living at its best!

33 Charter Oak Place, Unit 3-5, is 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 2,313 sqft, and is available for $495,000. For more information about this amazing space, or to schedule a private tour, please contact Amy Bergquist at 860-655-2125 or AmyB@AmyB-RE.com.

Both units will be open to the public on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 12:00 to 2:00. Stop by to see them in person!

33 Charter Oak Place, Unit #5, Hartford

33 Charter Oak 5, Hartford

Steps to all that Downtown has to offer, yet located on a quiet residential street, in a one of a kind building, this two bedroom, one bathroom penthouse unit is a special find! Completely remodeled with hardwood flooring and fresh paint throughout, there is truly nothing to do but move in.

The living area is a large open room with cathedral ceilings that is anchored by the exposed brick of the chimney, and the associated wood stove, and lit by a Palladian window and multiple skylights. The space includes the main seating area, a dining area, and an updated kitchen with stone counters and stainless appliances. It is a comfortable room to relax, and a terrific layout for entertaining.

The master bedroom, which features two oversized closets, is at the end of a hall that also includes laundry, an updated full bath, and a second bedroom with private balcony with views of the Colt Armory dome.

You’ll have your own dedicated garage with auto-door opener, a shared rear deck, secure storage space in the basement, and a lovely front porch and yard to enjoy. The unit features central air conditioning, gas heat, and a new gas hot water heater.

33 Charter Oak Place, Unit #5 is offered at $265,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing or call Amy at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.