A healthy dose of TLC returned this circa-1908 Victorian in Freeport, now listed for $469,000, to its original splendor.
Owner Vidor Swamy, who grew up in England, says he was drawn to the five-bedroom, 2.5-bath home and saw an opportunity to revitalize a classic.
“I love Victorian houses,” he says. “When we were looking for a property, we observed that Freeport had a lot of these old Victorian houses, and a lot of these homes were being neglected.”
Since buying the 2,640-square-foot home 16 years ago, Swamy has legalized and replaced a large rear deck, rebuilt the front wraparound porch and added a home theater to the living room, which has a fireplace. A third-story loft was transformed into a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet.
He also installed new hardwood floors throughout the first floor and gut-renovated the sunroom and kitchen, which has black appliances, large arched windows and a walk-in pantry. Bursts of brightness were introduced through vibrant wall colors and an array of new windows.
“It was a very dark looking place,” Swamy says. “We put in some really large windows and French doors in the house to bring sunlight in.”
The kitchen and dining room open to the deck, which steps down to the backyard, says listing agent Salvatore Burruano of American Pride Realty. The 75-foot by 150-foot parcel boasts a wide variety of flowers and an organic vegetable garden. There is also a mini-basketball court and a 1.5-car detached garage.
A finished basement has an exterior entrance. The home is equipped with central air conditioning and in-ground sprinklers.