19th-Century Farmhouse and Barn on 16 Acres
~ East Hardwick, Vermont ~

Over 3,000 square feet of living area, plus basement and barn: lots of room for kids, guests, animals, home business or studio. Original structure dates from approximately 1860 or earlier, with closely spaced exposed beams and wide plank floors. It is one of the oldest homes in the area, close to the historic Bayley-Hazen Road which opened northern Vermont to settlement in the 1780s. Property includes both sides of road, protecting the view west to Elmore Mtn., Worcester Range, Mt. Mansfield, and Sterling Ridge.

Original section includes 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom with shower and large closet, and large living/dining room downstairs, 1 large bedroom and large bathroom with bathtub and washer and dryer (both new) upstairs. Add-on built in 1973 includes kitchen (new professional stainless steel gas range, wood countertops, new fridge, dishwasher), living room, mudroom, and half-bath downstairs and 3 bedrooms upstairs. Hardwood and softwood floors throughout. Upstairs floors were newly installed (new section) or refinished (old section) in 2005.

The 16.7 well drained acres of land are mostly hayfields currently mowed by local dairy farm, with about 5 acres wooded in a variety of hard- and softwoods. There is a small pond, which could be enlarged. Two fenced-in areas, 120-by-50-feet (currently enjoyed by 2 greyhounds) and 36-by-25-feet (attached to cedar-shingled shed), are ready for animals.

Established crabapple trees, black raspberry bushes, rhubarb, and fiddlehead ferns. Recently added apple and cherry trees and blackberry, gooseberry, and currant bushes. Organic vegetable gardens and extensive and varied perennial plantings, including lilac, rose, phlox, jerusalem artichoke, lupine, poppy, narcissus, tulip, iris, lily, mint, bee balm, agastache, rudbeckia, and much much more.

There are 2 good-sized and efficient fireplaces, one in each section of the house. The fireplace in the old section is a Rumford design. Double-glazed Anderson windows and screens in new section, original old-glass windows with storms and screens in old section. Heat is provided through most of the house by baseboard radiators in 2 zones. The well maintained and fairly new oil-fired boiler also heats the tap water. Attached wood-burning furnace can be used in addition to the oil burner. Additional forced-air furnace (also well maintained and oil fired) provides heat to parts of old section not served by the baseboards. (The current owners almost never run this heater.)

Water is pumped from a dug well, which was cleaned and tested in 2005. Water softener and UV-light purification systems attached. Electrical supply 200 amps, updated in 1973. Cable (Comcast, 3 outlets installed) available for television, internet, and telephone, or DSL for internet. Cell service available via Unicel. On-site septic (1,000 gallons). New steel roof (2007) in front.

Schools are Hardwick Elementary and Hazen Union Middle and High Schools. Hazen Union is 1 of 6 schools in Vermont that earned a "silver" rating from U.S. News and World Report in 2008. Bus service to the Orchard Valley Waldorf School (preK-8) in North Montpelier is available from Hardwick village. Hardware and grocery stores (including Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op) and dining in Hardwick. The good people of Subaru, Volvo, and Saab specialists Greensboro Garage are set up in Hardwick as well as neighboring Greensboro. Greensboro is home of international children's circus Circus Smirkus. The legendary Bread and Puppet circus is nearby in East Glover. Convenient to Morrisville, Stowe, Montpelier, and St. Johnsbury. Central and northeastern Vermont provides recreation of all kinds in all seasons.

Current owners are downsizing, and some furniture may be negotiable with sale.

A very comfortable home at a great price, with many possibilities both inside and out.


Available from Lang McLaughry Spera ~ agent: Nancy Demers
(802) 888-1102, nancy.demers@lmsre.com
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