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153 Crichton Street
153 Crichton Street
New Edinburgh

"Village feeling" - it's that perfect combination of human scaled 19th century homes, intimate streetscapes, back lanes, high ceilings, contemporary redesign and urban walkability that ignites deep passion for New Edinburgh Village. And it's all here in this utterly charming 1890's vintage two -story.

Step up to the sheltered front porch, sheltered by a shade tree. Beyond the vintage front doorway with it's tall transom window, original historic paneling on the fortress-thick walls and arched entry makes an indelible impression: this is a venerable historic home. Notice the entry hall details: the deep alcove set inside the front wall; the patterned stained glass in the transom above the inner entry door, the decorative ceiling arch, defining a public/private space boundary.

The living room off the hall is entirely charming, with high ceilings, antique glass in the original windows showing the flow lines of time. Floors are original hardwood, restored and buffed to a soft sheen by the footfalls of past generations.

The adjacent formal dining room is bright and inviting, with classic high ceilings, windows on two sides and deep set window alcove plus antique-style high baseboards. A contrasting dash of contemporary in the halogen spots and cream-white palette intensifies the character of this great old room.

Pass the antique spindle stairway to enter the kitchen area. Along the way, notice how the elegant little powder room makes use natural light and antique fixture details.

The contemporary eat-in kitchen opens onto a large family room with impressive views of the terraced professionally landscaped garden beyond. The kitchen warm and cook friendly with recessed halogen lighting, rich wood floors, space for a kitchen table. A long bar counter, with storage and stool seating makes this a social gathering point enhanced by bistro details like the built in wine rack cabinets. The attached family room is ready for the moment, whether its kids homework or playtime, casual get-togethers or full-on "everyone's here" parties.

You love the views of the dramatic tiered and landscaped double yard - huge by New Edinburgh standards. At the end of the garden a characteristic double garage in 19th century village vernacular adds both allure and privacy to this fenced, cedar-hedged and sheltered green enclave.

Up the antique spindle stair with polished curved hardwood banister there is tranquility and pleasure in the cool mix of old and new. The master suite has it's own landing and hall, lit by a quirky mix of side windows. French doors open to a tree-house bedroom, shaded and green with windows on three sides. A large walk in closet and laundry is within the suite. Nearby, a sleek contemporary main bath has natural light, a soaker tub and all the right textures of marble, ceramic and subway tile, plus custom cabinetry and mirrors -all lit by warm halogens.

Up a short stair two storybook children's bedrooms welcome: the first with a deep set window and good sized closet, the second with a secret, imagination-compelling view of street life through the branches of the front shade tree. A working den on this floor is quiet and deeply thoughtful with floor to ceiling bookshelves on all sides. At last, that thesis will be finished.

With double garage access off River Lane, cars are well sheltered. You won't need them often: Beechwood Village shopping and restaurants are blocks away; market and downtown destinations are easily walkable, bicycle close. The lanes and parks of New Edinburgh invite. To share a passion for authentic village homes, is to know that time is of the essence. Plan your appointment soon .

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