What You Get for ... $1.6 million

March 8, 2012 12:00 am

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DORSET, VT.

WHAT: A Federal house with six bedrooms, six and a half baths and a guest apartment, on nearly 14 acres

HOW MUCH: $1,595,000

SIZE: 6,311 square feet

PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $252.73

SETTING: Dorset is a town of about 2,000 residents in the southwestern corner of Vermont, surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest. This house is on a flat, tree-lined road dotted with the occasional converted farmhouse and pasture, about three miles from the town green. Situated around the green are businesses, a playhouse, a department store, a nursery and a country store where, in the words of the listing agent, "you can get both Dom Pérignon and milk." Marble quarries are a substantial part of Dorset's history. A church near the green is marble, as are several walkways that thread the town.

INSIDE: The three-story house, whose oldest section dates to the 1820s, was built using local chestnut, pine and oak and marble quarried on the property. Its exterior is marble. Wings were added in 1918 and 1926 by previous owners, including the financial journalist and ambassador Edwin Lefèvre. Most of the architectural details are original.

On the first floor, there's a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a library nook lined with built-in bookshelves, and a dining room paneled with pine from a nearby tavern. Off the dining room, a walk-through pantry leads to the kitchen, which was renovated within the past four years by the current owners. Its counters are made from pumpkin pine. At the back, there's an office and an additional sitting room.

The second floor has six bedrooms. The master bedroom adjoins a sitting room with a wood-burning fireplace and a vaulted wood-beamed ceiling. The third floor is set up as a guest quarters or mother-in-law suite, with a bedroom, a kitchenette and a living room.

OUTDOOR SPACE: The house is set on nearly 14 acres. The grounds feature a three-tiered Italianate garden, perennial gardens, a spring-fed fountain and a pond at the site of a marble quarry. There are also several marble walkways, walls and a marble-supported pergola. An adjacent undeveloped 24-acre lot is for sale by the same owner for $795,000.


First Published 2012-03-07 23:04:13

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