When the homeowners initially saw this property in 2013, they knew they had to have it. They were craving more outdoor space, and outgrowing their house in a neighboring town. Their young children had inherited their mother's love for horses and were becoming serious equestrians.
Custom built in 1994, the design wasn't like the other houses they'd seen. It wasn't cookie-cutter. The Victorian exterior was a little whimsical, with a big front porch, high ceilings, three fireplaces, and abundant masonry on the first floor. The house, though quite large, still felt cozy and warm. But what made them need to live at 72 Old Elm Way was the LAND! With over fifteen acres, at the end of a road, abutting Upton State Forest offering 2,660 acres of land primarily for hiking and horseback riding, the property had riding trails available from its backyard.
The high quality, four-stall Post & Beam Barn with tack room and hay loft, and two paddocks made the decision easy for them. They had to live here.
Over the years, they've made design choices that represented their family's style: light, bright, and fun. The home worked for them at different stages too. The home office, once a craft room, is an office once again. A bedroom with adjacent full bathroom allowed grandparents to come and stay for extended times, and screened porch and deck has hosted ladies nights, and this house has always had its front door open to friends.
Learn more about the 2,660 acre state forest adjacent to 72 Old Elm Way here: friendsofuptonstateforest.org