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Back in the 1800s, the Chambers family came to America from Scotland and found the center of the town of Hamden to be the ideal spot to settle and so this beautiful Victorian came to be built around 1903. Constructed with the finest of materials, ornate woodwork and an elaborate showcase stairway, the home has stood the test of time. Nearly 100 years later, the current owner purchased the home and over the course of numerous years, breathed new life and love into the home with a superior amount of restoration work, retaining the home’s incredible amount of charm while upgrading the home and its structure and systems to be modern, efficient and reliable. You’ll be delighted and impressed by the remarkable amount of details in this home. Right from the front steps as you approach the home, you take in the elegant Victorian architectural elements and all the bonuses the home offers. Gingerbread trim adorns the exterior and scrolled capitals top the front porch columns. The front porch is spacious and creates a relaxing spot to sit and watch the world go by. It also wraps around the side of the home, where you’ll find a sweet meandering walkway heading through home’s extensive amount of landscaping and gardens.
Entering the home from the grand double doors, you’ll find yourself in the front entryway surrounded by impressive woodwork, a beautifully detailed ceiling, and of course the dramatic Chestnut staircase. Gleaming wood floors lead into the parlor. The spacious formal dining room is ready for family gatherings and holiday dinners. Pocket doors open the dining area to both the parlor and library, where you’ll find the wall of handsome built-in bookcases with brass rail ladder, brought in special from England. The country kitchen is cheery and bright with Silestone counters and a nice layout. This expands out to a breakfast nook and office or bar area sink and easily accessed laundry station. The first floor rounds out with a full bathroom with jetted bathtub. Ascend upstairs from either the front showcase stairs or the back stairway. There is an additional full bathroom, charming with its clawfoot bathtub and four luxurious bedrooms – two of which are suites with their own bathrooms – creating the perfect opportunity for the home to be used again as a Bed & Breakfast. There is also a front sitting room with access out to a covered balcony. The spacious walk up attic with cathedral ceilings is great for storage or offers the potential for an incredible room or dramatic studio space.
Enjoy summer evenings relaxing or entertaining on the back porch and stone patio. The backyard is private, and a blacktopped driveway leads back to the oversized two-car garage with second floor, which makes a great studio space. Behind the garage are more gardens including raised beds, and a garden shed, as well as a nice view of the mountains! This rare gem is all on a half acre in a great location in the hamlet of Hamden - home of one of the area’s few covered bridges over the Delaware River with access for fishing and kayaking.