Pratt House being movedThe Pratt House

One of Northampton's signature homes, was commissioned in 1859 by Boston doctor Alvah Littlefield as his summer residence. Designed and built by renowned local architect William Fenno Pratt (171 known Connecticut River Valley commissions) the house has witnessed many changes. The renaissance of Northampton from village to small town with a cosmopolitan atmosphere has been recognized by publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe and Fromers Guides calling it one of the best places to live, to retire, and recently"the best small art towns in the country."front view Pratt House

 

The Pratt House also underwent a renaissance of its own. Facing demolition in 2004 it was moved over 3 miles to its present park-like setting on over half an acre. Many historic Carpenter Gothic features including vertical siding, gingerbread trim and massive finials have been saved and restored, contributing to its stately presence. The best modern amenities have been added.

 

The home has over 3300 sq. ft. of gracious living area on two levels with ten foot ceilings. The kitchen is state of the art with Viking range, granite counters, cherry cabinetry and farmhouse sink. Floor to ceiling period cabinetry graces the dining room and the 32 foot living room has a fireplace and French doors that open to a house length porch with tracery trim. A spacious entry foyer and center hall, plus an accessible bedroom and bath complete the first floor. The second floor has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a dramatic 2 story central family area off of which is a balcony overlooking the sweeping lawn. An architectural skylight floods the second floor and stairwell with natural light. Wonderful Gothic arched windows with rippled glass punctuate the facade.

 

There is also a garden level, fully separate 1100 sq.ft. 4 room, two bedroom, two bath apartment for in-laws, au-pair, guests or rental. Central air, two car garage and a great walk to town location complete this most desirable property. Offered at $1,285,000.00

Tax credits from historic easement and projected income from apartment could offset approximately $300,000 of sale price and make this remarkable home surprisingly affordable.