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The rare sense of isolation is increased by the almost continual absence of man-made sound. You can hear an occasional individual truck or car or tractor or airplane, but you will never ever hear the drone of traffic or any of the other buzz of mechanized civilization. Mooing and baaaing are what you hear.
The property contains 40 GPS-calculated acres, and it is surrounded by thousands of acres of privately owned, uninhabited forest, laced with dirt logging roads for hiking and riding. Again, this is probably the best view you have ever seen from a house costing less than a million dollars.
THE HOUSE and GROUNDS The home was built in 1999 and is specially designed by the owner/builder for life in rural Vermont. The giant (24 X 16) first floor country kitchen is an eat-in social center, with tile floor, cast iron stove, twin sinks, two big windows facing the western view, a dining table, rocking chair and harvest table.
The 25 X 15 living room/dining room has an elegant wood stove and more big windows facing the western and southern views. There is a large, tiled, entrance foyer; a large tiled pantry/office; a tiled half bath; a laundry room with deep sink and built-in laundry folding table; and a tiled mud room with lots of coat/hat storage that opens to the garage and upper work shop. A people door in the garage permits entry from outside through the garage to the mud room.
The 2nd floor has a 12 X 16 master bedroom including twin walk-in closets, a 9-foot window oriented to the western view, and an adjoining tiled master bath with twin sinks & deep tub/shower. There is a two-room guest bedroom suite with twin pocket doors that turns it into 2 separate bedrooms, an adjoining tiled bath, and a 442 sf professional office with two more 9-foot windows oriented toward the western and southern views. A door from the office opens onto the flat porch roof, where a wrought iron enclosed balcony could be constructed quickly. Above part of the 2nd floor is a half attic with pull-down stairs.
The current owners run a national fire truck business from this office, taking advantage of DSL landline internet and three large office supply closets. The office also has been pre-planned by an architect for conversion to a master bedroom with en suite bath, if desired.
There is a 13 X 27 finished garage/work shop at the 1st floor level and two more garages under the house (equipped with an automatic sprinkler system). The walk-in basement/garage is 1600 sf with finished ceiling, painted walls, a double-wide people/equipment door, a full shop, carpeted weight bench area, yard equipment storage area, and a 14 X 27 all-cement root cellar/fire resistant storage room, in addition to the two garages.
Multiple telephone lines and a 200 amp electrical service come underground to the house; heat is via a three-zone oil burner; the septic system was professionally designed and installed; there is a drilled well yielding 15 gpm of the best water you have ever tasted; the widespread perennial gardens contain over 100 different types of hardy flowering perennial plants; the grounds are terraced with walls of unusually large, flat stones; there are 9 acres of well fenced pasture divided into 3 paddocks and 31 acres of forest included in the 40+/- acre site.
This is a very tough, reliable house; and it has been engineered so it can tolerate being cold and empty for long periods in the winter if you choose to make it a vacation home. There are many handy Vermonters quite nearby who work inexpensively. Snow plowing and all other services are easily arranged. The property is 5 minutes from Chelsea Village, 25 minutes from I-89 or I-91, 40 minutes from Dartmouth/Hanover area and 2.75 hours from Boston.
THE TOWN Chelsea has about 1250 people, the same population it had in 1820, except those people had bigger families and lived in fewer houses than today. It is the Shire Town (county seat) for Orange County and hosts the county's superior courthouse, sheriff's department and tiny 3-cell county jail built in 1863. A significant percentage of Chelsea residents are graduates of the local K-12 public school and provide enthusiastic support for its activities. The state recently forced the closure of the high school and students in grades 9-12 have state-wide school choice.
Commercial enterprises in the village include a small market, a bank, a town pub/restaurant, a new drug store, two auto repair garages, a community-owned health center staffed by physicians and nurses from the Gifford Medical Center and mental health counselors from the Clara Martin Center, a seed & feed store, a hair dresser, a barber shop, a funeral service and multiple professional offices.
There is a very active volunteer recreation committee, an equally active volunteer fire department and ambulance squad (you can join!), a fish & game club, a handsome church, a farmers market, senior housing and a surprising amount of other voluntary social and charitable organizations. Governance is via an open town meeting, a three-person board of selectmen and a five-person school board. Chelsea is a classic New England country town and not much changes here.
- Stories: 2
- Square Feet: 2,490
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 2.5
Additional Rooms: 9
Heating & Cooling
- Central Heating
- Built in: 1999
- Structure Type: House
- Lot Size: 40 Acres
Parking: 3 Spaces
- Attached Garage
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