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On the market: For $479,000, a two-bedroom condo in Arlington’s historic Hornblower House

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The top-floor unit has two bedrooms and two baths. Jessica Howe/Property Precision

The Hornblower name is commonly associated with Arlington, and now a historic property once owned by the famed family is on the market.

Known as Addison Corner Condominiums, the mansion was first called the Henry Hornblower House. The top-floor unit — a 1,240-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo — went on the market Tuesday at $479,000.

Located within the Pleasant Street Historic District, 100 Pleasant St., Unit 31, features characteristics of both the Shingle-style and Queen Anne Victorians popular in the late 19th century. The stunning foyer boasts a grand wooden staircase and archways, but the unit also has a private entrance in the back that leads up to a small deck, which has been a coveted feature during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve been finding a little bit that people are shying away from bigger buildings, but it’s a nice feature to say that this unit has a private entrance,” said Diana Segool of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, who shares the listing with her husband, Brian.

The Hornblower House’s diverse history began with Lawrence native Henry Hornblower, a prominent investment banker known for the firm Hornblower & Weeks, which financed American automobile companies like General Motors. That office was based at what is now the 12 Post Office Square Building in downtown Boston. He built the property at 100 Pleasant St. for his family in 1891. Hornblower’s grandson, Henry Hornblower II, was the founder of the living history museum Plimoth Plantation, now known as Plimoth Patuxet.

“They became very prominent, very respected, and very successful, with a lot of generosity to their hometown of Arlington,” said local historian Richard A. Duffy. “The roots were deep, and they raised their children here, so it’s nice. It’s a blend of hometown and national fame.”

After more than 30 years in the home, the Hornblower family decamped for Mount Vernon Street in Beacon Hill in 1923, Duffy said. The home evolved as well, becoming became a rest home for women after World War II. It was converted into condominiums in 1982.

In addition to two bedrooms, the unit on the market also features a large living/dining area with high ceilings and skylights. The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, and the owner bedroom offers skylights and multiple cozy nooks. The unit also comes with three parking spaces, which includes half of the detached garage.

“The biggest draw for this condo is people that just appreciate the integrity and the feeling of an old home,” said Diana Segool, who touted the home’s location.

“The location is just phenomenal. To be right inside Arlington, with a bus stop right outside your door and easy access to Route 2,” she said. “You’re within walking distance to everything Arlington has to offer: restaurants, culture, diverse people, little shops.”

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