I hope you’re having a great week! So, I didn’t exactly get all these holiday house tour pics posted before Christmas, but it’s still the holiday season, so it still counts! Plus, these houses are all so beautiful on their own, regardless of whether they are decked out for Christmas or not.
High Street in Newburyport is basically the “main drag” in town. I used to live on High Street in an antique Federal house which went from one family house, to a long period as an apartment building to finally a 5-unit condo building, which is when I lived there. You can see a couple of exterior photos from it’s apartment days to when it was rehabbed and converted to condos here.
High Street Italianate
Anyway, I’ve long loved this c. 1855 Italianate on High Street. There has been a lot of restoration going on over the last couple of decades on High Street and this house won an award from the Newburyport Preservation Trust, which isn’t a surprise. Take a look at the “before” which is what this house looked like when I lived up the street. You can see more here, including the horror that was the kitchen!
I loved these sparkly, spiky trees.
I can’t resist a peek-a-boo moment.
Gorgeous sink and I love the rough of the grass cloth against the refinement of the sink, which is available here.
Love this horse!
This window treatment was to die for. Not a surprise that homeowner, Brenda Geerlings, is an interior designer.
I absolutely thought that these built-ins below (there was another facing this one) which was in a space between the front hallway and kitchen, were original to the house. But am not sure I’m seeing them in the “before” photos, so who knows… They looked great though!
High Street Greek Revival aka The British Are Coming!
Nestled amongst the historic homes on High Street is this newly built 2011 Greek Revival home. The home is styled in a decidedly British fashion complete with a Grenadier guard at the door and some mod furnishings within. Yeah baby! The house was designed by architect Scott Brown and homeowner, architectural/interior designer Mindi Poston Gay of MPG Home Design.
Out behind the house there is even a British telephone box (no photos though because there were kids playing around it). They were serving tea earlier in the day apparently, but this was one of the last houses I visited just before the end of the tour.
High Street Bonus House
So, for a bonus, I wanted to show pics of this gorgeous 2012 built Georgian Revival style house which sits next to the British Greek Revival above. I always love a spare, all white house and this one always has me swooning when I drive by.
One of the most eye-catching features are the gas lanterns. The Greek Revival next door also has them. Such a wonderful old-world touch. These houses are right on the road, so these details are available for all to enjoy.
As a matter of fact, I literally forgot this house wasn’t on the tour and walked right into the driveway to get a better photo of the side and lantern. Hello, private property!
Look at the gorgeous three-masted weather vane over the garage!
More gas-light goodness.
More pics and details about this house are here.
So, I still have one more post from the tour, but it may happen after the first of the year. It’s a church conversion project – which I love – that was on the tour – but the post will be more than just the Christmas decorations.
You can see part 1 of the 2018 Custom House Maritime Museum Holiday House Tour in Newburyport here.
Happy New Year everyone!