36 Oxford Street, Hartford’s West End

36 Oxford Hartford

Welcome to a grand West End Victorian with outstanding architecture and unique spaces. Relax on the covered front porch, where you can greet your neighbors as they walk past. A dark wood door and double entry leads to the oversized foyer, with tile fireplace and built-in bench, which is the heart of a home. Columns separate the formal living room from the foyer. A pocket door opens to a den with built-in shelves and French

A Home in Black and White

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Would it be effective to market a home using black and white photography? All of the homes currently on the market feature color pictures in their listings, both in the MLS and in the miriad of consumer real estate websites. A property without color photos would stand out from the others online. What’s not clear is if the impression it makes would be a positive one. My first experiment with black and white was a

Towers versus Turrets

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The housing stock in Hartford has examples of both towers and turrets. People seem to use the term “turret” to describe small rooms that stick up from the rest of the building and have their own roof. Sometimes they’re right, and sometimes they’re wrong. I’ll admit to sometimes getting it wrong before I looked up the definitions. Most of the time people are talking about an architectural feature that should be called a “tower,” since

141 Kenyon Street, West End of Hartford

141 Kenyon Street - Hartford

Don’t miss this West End gem! Welcome home to a classic Victorian with amazing architectural details, all in excellent condition. The front porch invites you up to the main entrance with a paneled original door. Inside, an open foyer greets you with a comfortable space that includes intricate natural woodwork. The living room features an ironspot brick fireplace and the first of several bay windows. A built-in cabinet and stained glass window anchor a large

Triplets of Maple Street

These three homes caught my eye because they looked so similar. Not identical, but pretty close. Standard floor plans and cookie cutter homes are not so unusual these days, or even during the post-war build-out of the country’s first suburbs. But it is less common to see three adjacent homes built in the early 1900s look so similar, even down to the same color scheme. It turns out that all three structures are on a