Home of the Week: Winthrop property may have been part of resort

Buying Home of the Week Winthrop
The Victorian was built in 1883. Pat Greenhouse/Globe staff

188 Cottage Park Road, Winthrop

Style: Victorian
Year built: 1883
Square feet: 1,651
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2 full
Sewer/water: Public
Taxes: $6,431 (2017)

The Cottage Park Hotel faded away in the early 1920s, but there are still reminders of the resort that drew summer visitors to this neighborhood: the name of the yacht club a few blocks away and this single-family home, which may have been part of the vacation property.

The home “appears to have been moved to this lot c. 1906-1914,’’ a document from the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Commission reads. “It is tempting to say this is the old Bartlett Mansion that was later incorporated into the Cottage Park Hotel. … The 1886 Atlas indicates that this lot was part of the grounds of Orlando Belcher’s Cottage Park Hotel and was in fact very near the east wall of the hotel.’’

The entry on the right side of the Italianate-style house leads to an enclosed wraparound porch that runs half the length of the house before it disappears around the left. The porch is framed by windows with 20 panes apiece.

The front door opens into a foyer with a bay window. From here you can go into the living/dining area or take three stairs to a landing from which you can journey on to the second floor or step down into the kitchen.

A transom window hangs above the entry to the living/dining room area, which has a ceiling height of about 9 feet. The living room features narrow crown molding and a floor-to-ceiling red-brick double-sided fireplace with a stone mantel. The dining area is nestled next to a bay window.

From here, a door offers the only entrance to the family room, where a large window is framed with stained-glass squares and the other side of the fireplace is enjoyed.

The kitchen, found at the rear of the house, features wood cabinets with clear-glass fronts, stainless-steel appliances (including a wine fridge), light-toned Corian countertops, a ceramic tile floor, and a door to a deck that overlooks the backyard of the 0.11-acre property. The first of the home’s two full baths is also off the kitchen. The shower surround and floor are ceramic tile. There is a single vanity.

The flooring throughout much of the house is refinished fir.

The second floor offers three bedrooms, a full bath, and a laundry room. The master has a walk-in closet, and the remaining bedrooms vary in size. The smaller one is used as an office. The bedrooms share a full bath that offers a single vanity with a dark wooden base, hardwood flooring, and a tub/shower combo with a white subway tile surround.

Adjacent is the laundry room, which has a blue linoleum floor, space for shelving, and access to a balcony. Here the view includes four parking spaces and Sheryl Lane, which is the way into the driveway. The city has an easement on this property that is about the width of a sidewalk and runs from Sheryl Lane out to Cottage Park Road.

The basement is unfinished.

The listing agent, Sharon Tallent of Highland Real Estate in Winthrop, will hold open houses on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 20, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

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