Historic Dutch Colonial finds a buyer in no time

Built in the early 1700s by a man named Hezekiah Portera historic Dutch Colonial in Connecticut is now on the market for $389,000.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and known as the Charles H. Curtis House, the residence of Southbury has had a number of notable occupants over the centuries. Among them was Gamaliel Benhamwho was a commissioned colonel in King Philip’s War.

“It’s a very original house,” says the listing agent Jean Geheran, of William Raveis Real Estate. Buyers, at least some of them, haven’t been put off by the home’s distinctive decor at all, and there’s already an offer in place.

Quirky decor

“The current owner has a collection of early American primitives, which are woods like oak and maple that are often painted and heavily weathered and show no signs of major wear,” says Geheran. “They’re still functional but made of cheap wood. I found that didn’t sit well with a lot of people with kids.

The cozy 2,062 square foot residence has four bedrooms and four fireplaces.

“The house really looks like a museum because it is in excellent condition,” says Geheran. “It also sold out quickly because there were no minor or major issues.”


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Dining room

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Vintage highlights include wide plank oak flooring throughout the house and visible wooden beams in some rooms including the open plan kitchen.


Geheran himself lives in a historic home and notes that most older homes have the kitchen separate from the rest of the house, which makes selling harder because a homeowner cannot interact with family and friends while cooking. .

And while this kitchen may look like a throwback with its exposed beams above, it includes modern appliances, a wine cooler, and a large island.

“The house also has a very large fireplace with a beehive oven in the basement that once served as a summer kitchen,” adds Geheran.

A mix of very old and new

Updates include new drywall throughout, new natural gas furnace and new wiring for window air conditioners. To the rear there is a new picket fence, covered porch and pebbled patios, gardens and paths.

The house is sandwiched between two parks, the agent said. “It is in a good location as it is next to the historic city library which has been preserved and is hardly ever used.”

While homes nearly 300 years old aren’t for every buyer, this one has found its place.

“The person who is going to buy the house will be someone with a lot of vision,” Geheran says.

The living room

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