WINTHROP – Yes, the area is busy. This street, Old Western Avenue, is set back from and roughly parallel to “new” Western Avenue, aka U.S. Route 202.

And there are administrative offices next door, in a building of similar vintage. But it’s a quiet, unobtrusive, M-F presence, and so considerate that when the sellers of this home asked could the firm please move its dumpster to the other side, the business kindly got rid of the dumpster altogether.

It should also be noted that the house occupies a very nice 2.28-acre lot that is excellent for gardening (the soil benefits from having previously been the town’s community garden, and comes with raspberry and blackberry bushes, and a rhubarb patch). There’s also a path so that you can walk to the high school and middle school. You can walk downtown, too.

And the house? It’s a gem, a 2,400-square-foot 1850s saltbox that was completely renovated in 2007 with much respect paid to its original character and features, while aesthetically pleasing updates provide modern comforts.

For example, each of the big upstairs front bedrooms is served by a new, full bath. The skylit second-bedroom bath has a pedestal sink and a glass, tiled shower enclosure. The master bath is huge, its dual-head shower 6 feet deep and 4 feet wide. Also beneath the cathedral ceiling are a cast-iron clawfoot soaking tub, a deep linen closet and a private commode area.

The laundry room is attached to the master, and the daylight, walkup (stairs are 4 feet wide) attic offers room for expansion.

To the rear, the third bedroom (or office) has a triple set of floor-to-ceiling shelving (book-lovers will truly appreciate this home) and a cool sleeping loft that can accommodate a queen-sized mattress. Back stairs lead down to the mudroom.

Just as the bedrooms are amply closeted, the big, tiled, modern kitchen has a row of three, deep pantries. Stainless appliances (a refrigerator is needed) include a Jenn-Air gas range in the island, and double wall oven. Cabinets are cherry; surfaces, quartz.

Refinished wide-pine floors gleam in the living room, which has surround sound, and in the dining room, which has a wood stove on a slate hearth, and built-in shelving. Behind pocket doors are an an office (or small bedroom) with, again, lots of shelving, and a big powder room.

At the rear of the house, off the mudroom, there’s a two-level  shed with cabinetry and shelving; and behind that, a new, two-vehicle car port.

The basement provides additional storage. Speaking of new, it’s also worth mentioning that the boiler “dates” from 2011; the roof, from 2012.

The home at 11 Old Western Ave., Winthrop, is offered for sale at $188,000 by Leonard Scott of Assist2Sell Buyers & Sellers Realty in Falmouth. Please contact Leonard at 781-2856 or at [email protected].

Also, please visit the home’s blog ( and Facebook page (


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