86 Howlett St. in Topsfield offers central air and an in-ground pool, modern amenities that are surprising given that this home was built in the early 18th century.
The saltbox-style house was listed for $849,900 on Saturday, Nov. 23. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home is known as the French-Andrews House. It was constructed in 1718, according to the register, but the “frame, characteristic of late First Period treatment in its minimal decoration, nevertheless embodies certain features which link it to earlier buildings in the Topsfield area and even to the earliest buildings in Massachusetts.” The post on the Multiple Listing Service says the home was built in 1675.
The 3,500-square-foot main home has three bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, five fireplaces, and wide pine flooring. The property is being sold “as is,” according to the listing, and the price is based on the buyers being able to get “satisfactory evidence” that they get a second single-family building lot out of the 4-acre lot.
The property has a detached two-car garage.
Craig M. Pitzi of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has the listing.
See more photos of the historic home below: