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Listed: A waterfront Easton home with a gigantic water wheel in the floor

Buying Spring House Hunt
117 Canton St., Easton. Surrette Media Group

They say you can go around in circles trying to find good real estate. At one Massachusetts home, you’ll find an actual undershot water wheel towering high out of the floorboards.

Located in North Easton on just under two picturesque acres on Ames Long Pond, 117 Canton St., known as Place DuCharme, is an unusual and delightful home that bridges several architectural styles. The 4,348-square-foot home, listed for $1,659,000, is located on the former ruins of a historic mill that dates back to 1825. Architect Paul DuCharme designed the house as his personal residence in the 1960s. Like many of the nearby properties, the home sits on land that was previously part of the Ames Shovel and Tool Company.

That’s why you’ll find a large undershot water wheel on the lower level of the home. The wheel once powered the dam that helped to run the factory, which built shovels used to construct America’s railways.

“It still spins!” said Johnny Hatem Jr., of Douglas Elliman, who has the listing. “It’s not on a motor or anything, but it still spins.”

Next to the gigantic water wheel, you’ll find a dining area and a comfortable living area with a fireplace in the 1,200-square-foot room, which has exposed granite block walls and a wrought iron spiral staircase that leads to a balcony, as well as the upstairs portion up the home. Head upstairs to the primary level, and you’ll find the waterfront great room, where 10-foot ceilings and a massive wall of windows stream in natural light from the pond. You’ll also find the open-air kitchen and another dining area under high beamed ceilings featuring antique Italian chandeliers. On this level, you’ll also find a waterfront office and a suite of two bedrooms.

The upstairs suite has a living room of its own, as well as a kitchenette. It also has a gym with lots of windows, and it connects to a room with an in-ground jacuzzi that fits six people. A hidden stairway passage leads to the upper portion of the suite, where there’s a custom platform bamboo bed and a retro red shower and bath.

A spacious deck allows you to feel almost part of the woodsy environment that looks out on the water. There is no garage, but there is an outdoor shower with a changing room and kayak storage.

The seller is looking to include gym equipment and certain other select furnishings in the sale.