Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2018 – High Street Edition

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!

212 High st pics old

And now:

212 High Street Exterior Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street Carriage House Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street Foyer staircase Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High St Living Room fireplace Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street Living room 2 Sparkle tree christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

I loved these sparkly, spiky trees.

212 High Street Living Room 3 Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

272 High Street Living Room 1 Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street bathroom christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

I can’t resist a peek-a-boo moment.

212 High Street bathroom 1 Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

Gorgeous sink and I love the rough of the grass cloth against the refinement of the sink, which is available here.

212 High Street bathroom cherry blossom vessel sink christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street living room orange 1 Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street Orange living room Christmas mantle nut cracker modern art Holiday House Tour 2018

Love this horse!

212 High Street Dining Room mosaic horse 2 Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street dining room table Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street Kitchen 1 Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

This window treatment was to die for. Not a surprise that homeowner, Brenda Geerlings, is an interior designer.

212 High Street Kitchen sink window treatment Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

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!

212 High Street ice chest pass-thru Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street kids playroom Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street back porch dear Santa Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

 

High Street Greek Revival aka The British Are Coming!

288 High Street Exterior Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

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.

288 High Street living room motorcycle Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

288 High Street Living Room 1 Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

288 High Street Dining Room Red Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

288 High Street Dining Room table Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

288 High Street Kitchen table Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

288 High Street Sunroom mantle christmas tree Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

288 High Street Sunroom white sofa Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

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.

288 High Street flexible flyer with greens Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

 

High Street Bonus House

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house exterior

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.

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house front door gas lanterns

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!

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house crushed shell driveway gas lantern

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house gas lantern

Look at the gorgeous three-masted weather vane over the garage!

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house garage ship weathervane

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house exterior side

 

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house shingled side door

More gas-light goodness.

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house shingled side door closeup

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!

xoxo Linda Would you like my Favorite Tips for a Well-Decorated Home? Click here!

16 thoughts on “Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2018 – High Street Edition”

  1. Hello Linda, I can see that the people in Newburyport appreciate their old houses. The blue-gray Mansard one, beautifully restored, by the way, is of a type very representative of Massachusetts–I would have guessed that it was located there!
    –Jim

    • Hi Jim – one of the things I loved so much about Newburyport is that the older homes are considered special and worthy of taking care of. Some fully restored, others updated. But there is such architectural diversity and also freedom to experiment – which means there are pink houses, purple houses, teal houses – all mixed in with the grand dames.

  2. All the cam say is, “Wow”. Those homes are stunningly beautiful. I have often thought it’s such a shame to tear down perfectly god homes to replace them with more modern homes. I’m glad to see these homes have survived and look just stunning! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Linda ~

    It was so interesting to see these homes and to see how each of them was decorated so beautifully for Christmas. I really enjoy posts like this, where I can get ideas and learn about the history of places that i would not ordinarily get to visit. Thanks for putting this together for all of us to enjoy!

    Happy New Year to you!

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