Damstra Home “The Brides Cottage” – 26145 Back Hwy – SOLD 05/2021
This quaint and charming Victorian cottage nestled among the tall pines is centrally and conveniently located in the Village of St. James. The home has the look, feel, character, and ambiance of a home on the island from a gone by era. The “Brides Cottage” was built for young bride “Julia Ida” in 1893.
This 1,376 sq. ft. home has Victorian “gingerbread” detail that grace’s it’s covered front porch. Enjoy the secluded tree lined backyard off of the 200 sq. ft. open back deck. The homeowners have carefully preserved the original character of this house, while making it into a modern efficient year round home. All of the essential systems have been updated. The main floor has a main living area and dinning room with a Vermont Casting Wood burning stove. Both rooms are graced with Victorian Era style carpet, pickled cottage bead board ceilings, fluted/ reeded trim with corner rossetts. The efficient working kitchen with tongue and groove wood floor still has the original wood cookstove, circa 1900. The large bathroom with Mexican tile floor, Jacuzzi tub with ceramic tiled walls, marble deck around the tub and shower is located on the main level. The laundry/utility room located off the kitchen has a large closet and upper cabinets for plenty of storage. The furnace room has it’s own separate exterior entrance, and is located on the main level as well.
Walking up the 1890’s stairway to the second floor, you will discover a sitting room/office with a large closet, built-in bookcase, and a “cubbie” work space area ideal for a computer. The two cozy bedrooms are located off the sitting room. The stairway, walls, and ceiling of the second floor are pickled cottage bead board, with fluted/reeded trim, with corner rossetts. The second floor rooms have Victorian Era carpet coordinating with the carpet on the main floor.
The large 30×30 barn style garage with concrete floor is perfect for storing boats and snowmobiles. The garage has a large unfinished loft perfect to become a “carriage house” for guests, or as a rental. The quality furnishings that are appropriate for this home are not included with the sale of real estate, but some of the pieces could be added as part of a package deal. Because of the quality materials used on the refinishing, the current value of the lot centrally located in town and the 30×30 garage, this old world Island charmer is priced to sell at