42 Bay St, New Bedford, MA 02740

42 Bay St, New Bedford, MA 02740
42 Bay Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 – Circa 1884, House, Garage, and Barn

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Where should we even begin?
Well, it’s a Farmhouse in the City of New Bedford.
So, have we caught your attention?

42 Bay St. New Bedford is a bit of a Rare gem. You don’t expect to find this type of property in the city, but if you’ve been on the hunt for that rare and elusive “needle in a haystack” type of home and not a boring cookie-cutter house everyone else has… then you’ll be pleased to find this unique Farmhouse-Cottage.

This old house, built circa 1884, has received a refreshing facelift. Keeping with the “Farmhouse theme”, it’s been tastefully remodeled throughout. What’s more? It has an actual barn!

After all, the milkman owned this back in the day. How’s that for a true farmhouse in the city?

map of 42 Bay St New Bedford, MA
Map of Bay St – Proximity to St. Luke’s Hospital

So where do you find this place? It’s located just several blocks from St. Luke’s Hospital you’ll discover Bay Street which is a short side-street parallel to Allen Street.

Let’s learn about all this have to offer…

EXCLUSIVE: ? History & Inhabitants @ 42 Bay Street

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read up about our research into the history of this home.
You’ll only find this here on the SRG Website!

Who lived here, past owners and inhabitants.
Skip down to read its history now…

The Living Room

The excitement begins as soon as you open the front door, where you see the stunning curved staircase in the front foyer & living room.

The living room is spacious and is connected to the front foyer which also has space (we call it the “nook”) underneath the stairs which would make a great space to set up a table with a welcoming vignette. 

This photo above is the absolutely stunning curved front staircase that is original to the home and has gorgeous character and detail. We love the fact that this home has Front and Rear staircases, which we often see in the much larger old historic mansions built around the same time.

The floors throughout the first floor of this home are a stunning premium crafted rigid core plank floor that is waterproof, stain and scratch-resistant and has a lifetime warranty.

The Dining Room

Open floor concepts are all the rage, so we made sure we added some open floor space from the formal dining room through to the kitchen, only divided by your center island with it’s sparkling white Quartz countertop. Va-va voom!

The focal point in the dining room is the whitewashed faux brick wall, that has 2 sconces that offer additional lighting. 

There are also built-ins with deep storage space from floor to ceilings behind white louvered doors, and, of course, a sliding barn door that leads to a bonus room that would be fabulous for an office, den or guest room.

Full disclosure: be careful about using this as a guest bedroom. Your guests may never want to leave!

The Kitchen

What a show-off! With those shaker-style cabinets, new appliances and sparkling white Quartz countertops.

Snack time or a quick breakfast is made easy with the overhang on the center island added to accommodate a couple of stools. And oh, those fixtures that are oil-rubbed bronze and black throughout. The perfect contrast to make those accents pop!

The Bathrooms

Oh did you think we’d forget? It’s almost an expectation that there is a bathroom on each level. We’re here to please… So there are 2 full bathrooms, one on each level.

You’ll find excuses to be running to the bathroom more often, but it’s because they are just so pleasing to look at. Both are crisp white, with white shaker-style vanities and both have gorgeous black & white Della Torre ceramic tile that complements and ties in with the rest of the colors in the home.

White and black bathroom tile floor

The first floor has a spacious fully tiled shower, and the walls in this bathroom have white beadboard. The second floor has both tub and shower, white shaker-style vanity, and again white beadboard halfway up the walls.

The Bedrooms

Who wants to sleep when there’s so much to enjoy in this home? But alas, you need your beauty sleep. So, here you have a total of 4 bedrooms. There are 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor, and 1 smaller bedroom on the 1st floor, which, as you’ve learned earlier, we’ve preferred to call a potential office space, but can certainly be used as a guest room (great to put a pull-out couch) or a massive pantry, or whatever tickles your fancy… and it also has a good-sized walk-in closet. The upstairs Master Bedroom has 2 closets, A large walk-in closet and a 2nd smaller closet. 

The Balcony

The 2nd Floor Balcony overlooking the Barn, Yard, and garage

Need some alone time? The rear stairs lead you up to the 2nd level, which has a small balcony where you can escape to after work, to enjoy a hot cup of coffee; or a glass of wine… depending on what sort of day you had.

It overlooks your rear yard, barn, and garage to keep an eye on the rest of your crew as they enjoy the outdoors.

The Garage & Barn

There aren’t very many garage-barns such as this one in the city.

There is a 1-stall Garage/Workshop with Loft and “hay door”, plus a large attached barn.

Hobby Time! The imagination can run wild with all of the many potential uses for this large barn, which does have electricity. The seller has not done anything to the garage/barn so it’s still in its original state and is sold as-is. Everyone will have their own ideas on what they will use this space for. Man-Cave, She-shed, Artist Studio, Pottery Barn, so forth & so on!

Believe it or not, there is also a dirt basement under the garage and barn. There is an access panel in the garage portion that opens up, allowing access from underneath the garage via the bulkhead.  Pretty nifty.

Extras & Bonuses

(Sorry, we just had to throw that in for the LOLs.) ?

The home also comes with Nest Thermostat, Ring Doorbell, an Echo Dot, a brand new alarm system (and we’ve pre-paid for a year’s worth of monitoring as a gift for the new buyers!), 

(“Hey Alexa, play some relaxing music while I enjoy my new home!”)

There is also a full unfinished basement, and yes there is also a pull-down attic for even more storage!

Did we miss anything? Maybe! Because there’s just so much to this great home. If you’re ready to see it in person, give us a call and check it out soon…


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This home at 42 Bay Street has been lovingly remodeled throughout, and we can’t wait to offer this up for sale for a new homeowner to enjoy!

Disclosure: Seller is a licensed Real Estate Broker.

Who Lived at 42 Bay St.?


  • 1884 – 1895: William & Annie WOODHOUSE (10 years)
  • 1895 – 1910: Edgar Wright & Alida D. WRIGHT (15 years)
  • 1910 – 1924: Orton S. Simpson & Sarah A. SIMPSON, and Sarah A. Simpson & Percy B. Simpson  (14 years)
  • 1924 – 1963: Anna J. Hartigan & Thomas H. Hartigan (39 years)
  • 1963 – 2019: The Rodriques Family – (56 years)
  • 2019: This could be you!

History & Inhabitants

1885 May of Bay Street

This 1875 Map, we see that there’s not much going on here. Bay Street wasn’t even on the map yet. 

George Howland owned the land at 42 Bay St up to 1884 when the house was built. There’s alot of reference to both #4 Bay St and #14 Bay St with one of the past inhabitants, so our guess is this may have possibly been part of a larger estate.  PS. Did you know #14 Bay St. belonged to Captain Anthony of the Catalpa exedition? That may be another home story for another day.

Who were they?

Meet the Milkman/Farmer.

William Woodhouse & Annie Woodhouse

William Woodhouse, son of Abraham Woodhouse and Mary Jane Woodhouse, was born in Ireland on March, 1855. 

He arrived some time around 1873 and married Anna (Annie) Winter in 1882. He purchased 42 Bay St from George Howland and lived in the farmhouse from 1885-1895 when they moved to Rockland St. in Dartmouth according to the U.S. Federal Census.

Their children were:

  • Annie Woodhouse b. 1886
  • John H. Woodhouse b. 1887
  • William Winter Woodhouse b. 1888 d. 1958

William Woodhouse, Sr was a Milkman & Farmer. 


Mason Membership Card for William Woodhouse
Source: Mason Membership Card, Ancestry .com

(The woodhouse family and their descendents owned/operated the The “Woodhouse Shop” in Padanaram/Dartmouth for decades.)

We found many old horseshoes in the dirt basement under the barn. I wonder if they belonged to Woodhouses’ horses! 

photos of 2 old rusted horseshoes found under an 1800's barn buried in the dirt floor at 42 Bay St.


Orton S. Simpson & Sarah F. Simpson

Orton S. Simpson was born in Sandwich, MA around 1854. He was a band leader/instructor with the Westport Brass Band.  He married Sarah A. Feavyour around 1879. 

He worked as a glass inspector at the Glass Works and their son Percy Bertram Simpson was a silversmith.

snapshot of 42 Bay St inhabitant listing in the City of New Bedford Directories

 Their Children were:


  • Percy B. Simpson
  • Miriam F. Simpson

Edgar Wright & Alida D. (Crocker) Wright

Edgar worked at the Howland Mills. (Ironic right? Since George Howland previously owned this land). He Married Alida D. (Crocker).

Edgar Wright resigned from a position as a boss carder for Aldrich Mfg and came to New Bedford to partner up with Harrison T. Borden, and they dealt in coal, wood & real estate. Mr. Borden invested in many south end parcels.

His son Harry Edgar Wright was an Optician. He is shown below. 

Credit Source: 1930 – Frank M. Jenkins and Harry wright https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:mk61tg01v

I’m super curious if that vehicle was ever parked in the garage! This photo was taken after they had already moved out, but we found several very old license plates buried in the dirt basement under the barn.

old Massachusetts license plates from the early 1900's at 42 Bay St.

Mrs. Wright was a Sunday School Teacher along with the previous owner, Mrs. O.S Simpson!

Anna J. Hartigan & Thomas H. Hartigan

Thomas was born in 1886 in Taunton. He was a painter for the City of New Bedford. (Rudish & Hartigan Construction). His wife Anna was from Ireland.

Our story ends here, as we want to respect the privacy of past inhabitants/owners that are still living.

*This blog post is a work in progress. We’ll continue adding morsels of information as we find it. We love researching the history of old homes

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42 Bay St in New Bedford, MA is exclusively listed for sale with Silva Realty Group Inc.  

FAQ for 42 Bay St. New Bedford

Who has the real estate listing at 42 Bay St. New Bedford, MA 02740

Elizabeth Silva, of Silva Realty Group Inc.

What is the MLS number of this listing?

The MLS # for this listing is 72564302

How Many Bedrooms does this property have?

There are 4 total bedrooms. 3 Bedrooms, including the master, are on the 2nd level. There is another very small bedroom on the 1st floor with a walk-in closet, but it would be better suited for an office or bonus room.

How many garage stalls are there?

There is a 1-stall garage that has walk-up stairs to a 2nd-floor loft, and there is an attached (large) barn, that also has a barn door. The entire structure has a dirt-basement, so it’s recommended that you confirm the garage is suitable to hold the weight of your specific vehicle.

Is there a formal dining room?

Yes! There is an open floor concept from the Kitchen to the Dining room, and there is additional built-in/storage in the dining as well. There is a sliding barn door that then leads you to the bonus room. Come take a look for yourself! The home is much more spacious than it appears from the street. 😉

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Price: 290,000 USD
Address:42 Bay St.
City:New Bedford
Zip Code:02740
Year Built:1884
Square Feet:1266
Lot Square Feet:5022
Property Type:Single Family - Cottage/Farmhouse
Exterior:Wood Siding
Flooring:Vinyl plank, tile, carpet
Heat/Cool:Forced Air
Lot size:0.12
Location:Several blocks from St. Luke's Hospital
Parking:Off-street parking for several vehicles.

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