Amazing Victorian Gothic manor with five bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms; updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, radiant floor heating and original cabinetry; and tons of historic details including double parlors with a pocket door, working gas lamps, fireplaces, original trim, moldings and built-ins.
House features a newly-painted exterior, wrap around porch and .63 acre yard. Located at the height of Fair Haven Heights in the vibrant and historic Quinnipiac River community.
Brand New Slate Roof
Georgeous brand new slate roof and copper gutters.
Beautiful details throughout including working gas lamps.
Sitting at one of the highest residences in New Haven, the house faces west to capture beautiful afternoon light.
Three person hand-powered counterweight elevator.
Newly renovated light-filled tower room.
Located two miles from the New Haven Green and a short walk to the vibrant Quinnipiac River community, with a river-side park, 1.5 bridge walking loop and exciting new developments on the horizon.
When first built in 1875, the Victorian Gothic house at 154 East Grand Avenue was one of three Victorian show pieces that graced the highest ridge of Fair Haven Heights in New Haven. The house was built by Dr. Mary Blair Moody, the first female to practice medicine in the New Haven area. In 1915, the house’s second owner, Albert Haasis, a chemist and executive of the Dixon Pencil Company named the house “Chetstone.” Passionate about art and horticulture, he kept lavish gardens replete with peacocks and filled the house with artwork, including an attic full of whimsical rabbit paintings, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. In its 138-year history, Chetstone has only had five owners and as a result has retained its architectural integrity and excellence: from its brownstone foundation and cistern pump in the cellar, to original trim, moldings, doors and working gas lamps throughout. Additional historic features include: double parlors with a pocket door, built in bookshelves, marble-topped vanities in three of its bedrooms, inlaid hard wood floors, a wrap-around porch replete with gothic detail, a tower room, two marble fire places (one fitted with an antique gas insert ) and a full-size, wood and rope elevator (still in working condition). Additional features include newly painted exterior, new boiler, radiant-heated floors in kitchen and bathrooms, “guest room” with en-suite bathroom, half bath on first floor, and a stunning kitchen with stainless steel appliances, original cabinetry and a second tea/coffee bar sink.
Fantastic historic features. 4,355 square feet of livable space. Large light-filled rooms. Overall beautiful condition.
House Size: 4,355 Sq Ft
Property Type: Single Family Home
Baths: 2.5 2 Full 1 Half
Lot Size: 0.63 Acres
Year Built: 1886
Style: Victorian Gothic
National Register of Historic Places Landmark *pending
Brand New Slate Roof
Radiant Floor Heating
Baby Grand Piano Included
500 Sq Ft of combined Porch space
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Why are you selling the house?
What are the taxes?
Property tax year 2016 was $10k
What benefits / assistance is available for owning a historic house in CT?
The state of CT has a tax rebate program that reimburses 25% tax credit of the total qualified rehabilitation expenditures http://www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/cwp/view.asp?a=3933&q=430786
Wasn’t this house for sale two years ago?
What restrictions are currently on the house?
Chetstone received a $150,000 grant from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office to repair wind damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The work was completed in the Fall of 2016 which includes a brand new slate roof built to original specs along with the rebuilding of the original yankee styled copper gutters. Along with the grant, the house was nominated to the National Parks department to be designated as a national landmark as well as a State of CT historic landmark listing. For a period of 20 years the house is protected via easement granted to the State of CT – State Historic Preservation Office. This easment grant protects the property from unapproved modification until 2037.
Are there insurance regulation implications of a house being listed in the National Register?
answer via https://www.nps.gov/nr/faq.htm#restrictions
Should the property be demolished through accident (fire, storm, or other cause), you are not required to have insurance that mandates “replications” of the historic property; in fact, this would be discouraged. A replacement copy of the historic house is not historic—it is merely a new house that looks like a historic house. The historic property should be treated like any other house for insurance purposes.
We have also directed property owners to contact their state’s insurance commissioners for any policy or position paper regarding insuring National Register-listed properties. We have seen nothing from any state insurance commission that indicates refusal to underwrite properties listed in the National Register.
How far is this house from the New Haven Green?