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‘Looks Like a Museum’: Historic Dutch Colonial Finds a Buyer in No Time

Built in the early 1700s by a man named Hezekiah Porter, a 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 in Southbury has had a number of notable occupants over the centuries. Among them was Gamaliel Benham, who was a commissioned colonel in King Philip’s War.

“It’s a very quirky home,” says listing agent John Geheran, of William Raveis Real Estate. Shoppers—at least some of them—weren’t deterred at all by the home’s distinctive decor, 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 highly weathered and show no sign of major wear,” says Geheran. “They are still functional but made of inexpensive wood. I have found that it doesn’t appeal to a lot of people with children.”

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 shape,” says Geheran. “It also sold quickly because there were no minor, or major, issues.”



Dining room

Vintage highlights include wide-plank oak flooring throughout the home and wood beams visible in some of the rooms, including the open kitchen.

Geheran lives in a historic home himself and notes that most vintage homes have the kitchen separate from the rest of the house, making it a tougher sell because an owner can’t interact with family and friends while cooking.

And while this kitchen might appear like a throwback with its exposed wood beams overhead, it does feature modern appliances, a wine cooler, and a large island.

“The house also has an extremely large fireplace with beehive oven in the basement that used to be used as a summer cooking kitchen,” adds Geheran.

A mix of very old and new

Updates include new plasterboard throughout, a new natural gas boiler, and new wiring for window air conditioners. Out back there’s a new picket fence, a covered porch, and pebble patios, gardens, and paths.

The home is sandwiched between a couple of parks, the agent says. “It has a nice location because it is next to the historic town library that has been preserved and is hardly ever used.”

While homes that are nearly 300 years old aren’t for every buyer, this one found its match.

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

Living room



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