House for Sale: Four-Bedroom Farmhouse
It seemed that everywhere we went, Lou pointed out, in his quiet, soft-spoken way, improvements that he and Marjory have made over the course of the seven years they’ve lived here.
“The original old stairs here were so steep that I rebuilt them,” Lou said as we headed up to the second floor, after passing through the den, with another of those fabulous fireplaces. “I taped all the windows and weatherproofed everything, including new siding,” he continued, while we admired the master bedroom, with fireplace—bathed in sunshine from windows on two sides—and the elegant master bathroom Lou built, using some of the space in one of the other three bedrooms up there. “We redid these floors, too,” he went on, “and raised the ceilings to expose those old hand-hewn beams.”
We realized at this point that Lou Marcello, with his expert skills developed during a lifetime of building homes for other people, was truly the best thing to happen to the old Bay School Farm in the past 221 years of its existence.
A bit later, accompanied by Lou, Marjory, and Shotzi, who was almost as excited by visitors as Luigi and Mario had been, we walked over to the old schoolhouse,Aeiactually used as a school as late as the 1950s. On the way, we passed a nice potting shed and a pergola, created by Lou, of course. The school still has its old blackboard and the old school-like lights in the ceiling. But, thanks to Lou, it now also has a bedroom, a lovely bathroom, a kitchenette, and, well, it’s totally charming. We could happily live there.
Lou and Marjory are currently renting it to a young man, an actor in the local theater, who would probably love to stay on after new owners take over Bay School Farm. Which brings us to the sort of sad reality that Lou, now approaching 80 years old, and Marjory have felt the need to downsize and have put their beloved hilltop property on the market. They’re asking $975,000, which, of course, means everything, including those valuable 13 acres.
Our last stop was the four-stall barn, built by Lou and his sons, out back of the house, just above the pond. It’s home to Merry and Katy, those miniature horses that are so beautiful, so little, and soooo affectionate. Since Marjory and Lou’s next home might not have room for them, the new owners of Bay School Farm might conceivably adopt Merry and Katy.
And, you know, for us, that would probably be the deal-clincher.
For details, contact Barbara Mylonas, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Center Harbor, NH. 800-639-4022, 603-253-4345 (office), 603-344-8197 (cell); Barbara.Mylonas@NewEnglandMoves.com