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Hot Property: Amherst home charms

If you time your closing date just right, you just might be able to enjoy a steaming cup of coffee on your back deck with a few golden remnants of fall foliage.

With quintessential New England curb appeal, 1178 North Pleasant Street in Amherst exudes the essence of a chilly October, but we bet it looks just as charming year-round.

Convenient to Deerfield Academy, Amherst College, Smith College, UMass, and Hampshire College, the captivating 10-room residence marries antique charm with modern amenities and updates.

Making the home stand out from the Amherst crowd are Dutch Colonial Revival elements, including a side gambrel roof, the continuous shed dormers with several windows, and projecting front gable portico. The 1911 home borrows from the earlier Shingle Style including the oversized Classical porch columns and pilasters, whimsical eyebrow window, and Palladian windows.

A deep columned porch welcomes you, hinting at the tales etched within. The grand foyer unveils high ceilings, oak, walnut, and maple floors, pocket doors, cherry and chestnut coffered and beamed ceilings, and a cozy fireplace. Original built-in cabinetry attests to the home’s rich history.

With five rooms on the first level, including a versatile en-suite bedroom, the home offers endless possibilities. Sunlight bathes the professional kitchen, which boasts an 11-foot island with a black walnut countertop, granite counters, a Viking Professional 6-burner gas range, warming drawer, and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The kitchen opens to a private back deck, perfect for al fresco dining.

The second floor holds four spacious bedrooms and a full bath while the third floor unveils an entertainment center, perfect for family movie nights or game days.

The property is equipped with owner-owned solar power and central air conditioning.

The sale of the property, on the market for $789,000, is represented by Harriet Paine with Cohn & Company, 413-475-4203.

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