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1810 home a part of Jaffrey history

FEATURED HOME: Slade House an early farmhouse surrounded by conservation land

Nestled within historic Jaffrey Center sits an early farmhouse with year round picturesque views. Sixty-eight windows keep the 2,500-square-foot home well lit even on a rainy day. The future occupants of this house will have the pleasure of waking up and seeing the sun rise over the backyard, enjoying views of the swale by day, then watching the sun slowly creep down the front lawn come evening.

Built in 1810, The Slade House has a quarter acre of land on Thorndike Pond Road in Jaffrey. Originally built farther down Thorndike Pond Road, it was moved to its current location and was given an expansion.

This expansion was the first of many, most notably the addition of a master suite in 1983. The floor steps down and gives way to the spacious bed space. The suite encases both washer and dryer, as well as two bathrooms (with jacuzzi), a walk in closet for him and her, and a small office space.

The master suite is not the only spacious amenity the house provides; the addition created two separate basements that offer lots of storage space. These expansions also saw the carriage house become a three season porch and eventually become enclosed, and the addition of a two-car garage and a keeping room. When inside, the house seems to stretch on forever. The floors and ceilings change levels, as the house continues to lead the way to more living space than an outdoor view suggests.

Behind the house lies a swale that is conservation land owned by the Village Improvement Society. This is one of two sides of the property owned by the organization that works to preserve elements of Jaffrey history, meaning the property will always retain its classic aesthetic. Deer, turkeys, bears, and birds are only some of the wildlife that call the swale home. The property has various stone walls on its borders as well as throughout the gardens, continuing the level-changing theme of the house’s interior.

The Slade House is part of the seasonal garden and kitchen tours of historic Jaffrey. The homes current owners, Jo and Don, renovated the kitchen. Stainless steel appliances, soapstone counter tops, and stone back splash make it an up-to-date space. The gardens have been maintained throughout the years and are displayed on various levels and step downs adjacent to the patio and porch, ultimately giving way to the swale.

The home has four fireplaces, one recently updated to a pellet stove. Though sections of the interior have been updated, the house’s exterior remains intact. Wood shingles and gutters, hardwood floors, and historic colors ensure its history remains.

The Slade House, on the market for $319,000, provides its owners with easy single floor living, allowing access to the necessary modern day amenities, while also preserving the house’s historic nature.

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