Few houses these days have so many interesting stories to tell, like the home on 82 Brownell Avenue in ol’ Historic New Bedford does.
Our Video Tour of the inside of the home is down below at the bottom of this blog post, but first, a few interesting details not included elsewhere. This charming home was originally built circa 1849 so it’s no wonder there would be so many fascinating details to share!
Around 1849, when this home was built, many of the whalers in the City of New Bedford were quitting their jobs and heading west to California for the Gold Rush. It was also around this time that Herman Melville wrote his book “Moby Dick“.
Meanwhile, a quaint little home was being built on Allen street. (which would later become known as 82 Brownell Avenue). The property was once a farm, known as “Sunnyside Farms” and spanned from Allen Street all the way back to Hawthorn Street.
It would later be subdivided throughout the years, but still has a great deal of land, at approximately 0.43 Acres and currently sits on the corners of Brownell Avenue, Carroll St & Ryan Street. As the years passed, the home had several updates and additions, and it now is approximately 2,304 square feet of generous living space.
The outdoor space is nothing short of spectacular, and includes
some interesting history as well.
Back in the late 90’s, The 123 year old Morse Cutting Tool Company was being demolished. After asking the foreman in charge of the project if it would be ok to take a number of the bricks there.
With some help, the homeowner made several trips back & forth to collect them. He then prepared the pathways and carefully began to set them in place in July of 1997 where they have been since then, approximately 3000 bricks pave the way around the home!
The wooden flagpole situated n the Ryan Street side of the lot was originally situated above the oldest operating Customs House in the US. The family was acquainted with the custodian of the customs building, and learned that the government was going replace it with an aluminum one and destroy the wood one, and were given the opportunity to take it over.
But, getting it to Brownell Avenue was no small feat! With the help of the New Bedford Fire Department, it was moved to it’s new home on Brownell Avenue. There is a bronze marker at the top that reads: “The Boston Flag Pole Co.”
And of course, I cannot forget to include this adorable cow in the side yard, that joined the yard landscape, and purchased from a roadside vendor in Buzzards Bay about 21 years ago!
When walking through all of the rooms of Brownell Avenue, you can just sense the joy and happiness that has flowed through the home over the past century. From the farmer’s porch, when you enter the home into the inviting front foyer that opens into the comfy fireplaced living room, to the spacious bedrooms on the upper level, it will be hard to decide which room will become your favorite.
We invite you to watch the video we created to help give buyers a glimpse into what a great property this is. We are confident it will become a treasured home to the new buyer, as it has been to current family.
For more information on this property or for a private showing, please contact Susan Whitehead at 508-728-4918 and she will be happy to answer any questions you might have.