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New life for a vintage Victorian: $999,0000

The circa 1900 farmhouse in Orient is listed

The circa 1900 farmhouse in Orient is listed for $999,000. Credit: Thomas J. McCarthy Real Estate / Ronald Monteleone

Hand-built rooms and purpose-built features fill this circa-1900 Orient home, which was once part of a family farm. The asking price is $999,000.

The craftsmanship in the three-bedroom, 2.5-bath Victorian farmhouse is the handiwork of current owner Paul McDermott, says Joshua Whalley, operations manager for listing agent Thomas J. McCarthy Real Estate.

“When he bought it in 1993, only the front part existed. Everything from the center to the rear, he hand-built,” Whalley says of the now 1,725-square-foot home.

New rooms since 1993 include the kitchen, living room, dining room, pantry, mudroom and a first-floor hallway bath, which serves a bedroom nearby. A second-floor office with a half-bath is accessible through stairs in the home’s living room, which is at the rear of the home. Above the office, the finished attic is used as an artist’s loft.

A custom eat-in kitchen features hand-built shelves and long countertops. A vaulted skylight designed in the style of a boat hatch is above the dining area. The finished basement includes a 150-case wine cellar.

Custom, double-deep shelves in a library, which is next to the kitchen, were designed specifically for McDermott’s books, Whalley says. The library flows into a den. Wood floors are found throughout the house, and exposed wood ceiling beams run the length of the kitchen, dining and living rooms.

A first-floor bedroom, which is adjacent to the living room, features custom built-in cabinetry and shelving. Two second-floor bedrooms and 1.5 baths are accessible via stairs in the front entryway.

A screened-in hardwood porch off the kitchen captures bay breezes and nature views from the 0.2-acre parcel. Poquatuk Park and Orient Yacht Club are nearby. The property includes an approximately 400-square-foot craftsman’s barn with a heated workshop, a one-car garage and storage above.

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