Seahorse Alley, LLC
125 Main St. Vergennes, Vermont
125 Main St. Vergennes, Vermont
Call Faith at 802-238-9217
Public & private historic landmark, circa 1795. Professional office, residence, rental apartment in a classic New England setting. Beautifully restored and impeccably maintained elegant private residence and professional offices for attorneys and physicians for over 200 years.
- Is Vermont’s quality of life a priority for you in a property where you will be able to combine your professional life and your living environment in a classic New England setting?
- Are you seeking a preferred location for your new home/professional suite of offices?
- Are you interested in expanding your established practice with a prime adjunct location that has an earned income advantage?
- Are you looking for a sound real estate investment with three desirable residential/commercial rentals?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions then this property is for you as it has tremendous versatility. It is zoned for both residential and commercial use. Potential uses may be as a sophisticated home/office and income producing rental apartment or as a rented professional office and two rental apartments.
It has a unique setting. As professional offices the property is prominently and centrally located with high visibility and, yet, as a private residence it is highly private. The location is for individuals who appreciate the charm of an historic neighborhood, the vitality of a vibrant residential/commercial community, and the specific calm of this refined property.
125 Main Street has been both a prominent public and private landmark in Vergennes since 1795. The City of Vergennes is a registered historic district with numerous landmarks. 125 Main Street is fortunate to be located within the Historic District directly across from the Vergennes City Hall/Opera House and the verdant City Park. The building initially served as a public house and, as such, was the reputed historic location for consideration by enlightened leaders, including Ethan Allen, of Vergennes as the Vermont State Capitol. Subsequently, it has housed the homes and professional offices of lawyers and physicians for over 200 years.
In the past 25 years it has been the home and law office of a notable Vergennes attorney. This versatile property would equally well serve the purposes of other professionals such as architects, designers, accountants, therapists, real estate or insurance agents, as well as a myriad of sole proprietors.
The building is beautifully restored. It is constructed of the finest quality materials with its thick-walled exterior including a substantive majority of its original clapboards, stone foundation walls and slate roof. Well-proportioned interior spaces have been designed with an attention to historic detail and incorporate the highest standard of craftsmanship. There is custom woodworking throughout the entire property. Many surfaces contain painted faux finishes, custom grass cloth and other quality wall coverings, and marble, tile, slate, and maple parquet floors. An efficient baseboard hot water heating system provides a quiet and comfortable temperature controlled living environment.
One enters the handsome, high-ceilinged, 614 sq. ft. office suite through its own distinctive private entrance on the corner of East and Main Street. The entrance foyer leads into well-proportioned rooms with boxed beam high ceilings, custom woodwork and paneled doors, wall-to-wall wool carpeted floors, and its own private bathroom. The office suite is wired for use of current cable and Internet technology.
The central residential spaces are entered on Main Street through a hedged wooden gate adorned by two cast lead squirrels. The covered pillared portico, with its two custom wrought iron lamplights, frame the distinctive wooden/engraved glass front door and screen door. An entrance foyer leads into a tranquil setting with its elegant boxed beamed high ceiling living room with floors of maple parquet; sunlit sitting room with marble floors and expansive windows overlooking the gardens; library; formal dining room; designer kitchen with quality, commercial-grade appliances incorporated for the serious cook and for entertaining; three potential first floor bedroom/guest rooms and 1 1/2 baths. The 2nd floor master suite with its Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, marble surrounds, floors and counters, extensive closets and laundry, opens onto a private sunlit enclosed veranda overlooking the gardens, the community, and the Green Mountains in the distance.
The handsome 2nd floor apartment has its own distinctive private entrance at 123 Main Street and includes an entry foyer and coat closet, carpeted stairway, living room, light and airy kitchen/dining room with expansive views over the garden and the countryside, bedroom, spacious closets, and bathroom with whirlpool bath and shower with marble surrounds and floors. The kitchen/dining room surfaces contain painted faux finishes, wallpaper, and decorative floor tile. The hallway, living room, and bedroom have custom grass cloth wall coverings and wall-to-wall wool carpeted floors. An efficient baseboard hot water heating system, and a supplemental decorative enameled cast iron stove in the kitchen/dining room, provide a comfortable temperature controlled living environment.
Entered by an interior carpeted stairway from the main residence, the four spacious rooms have great versatility. The hallway has a large cedar closet and cedar storage drawers. One room has a custom workbench for the serious woodworker. The thick-walled rooms were most recently used as an extensive summer kitchen, for wine storage, and as a stone cellar dining experience.
As the historic center of Vergennes, and this property, is on a hill, the “ground” level opens directly to the lovely gardens. French doors lead out onto a brick arbor covered patio. Surrounding and numerous cloistered garden spaces are luxuriously planted for privacy and seasonal enjoyment. A stone walkway to a second “hidden” patio provides a charming outdoor entertaining option.
A landscaped private drive leads to a well-constructed, freestanding barn. It incorporates extensive storage opportunities and a four-car garage as off-street parking.
4367 Sq Ft
- 1549 Sq Ft Main Residence
- 614 Sq Ft Office Suite (private entry)
- 1071 Sq Ft Rental Apartment (private entry)
- Zoned Residential/Commercial
- 4 Car Garage
- 2 Whirlpool Baths
- Marble, Tile
- Cast Iron Stove
- Custom Wood Work
- Wool Carpets
- Unique investment opportunity
- Beautiful home to live and work
About the Area
- Population: 2,741
- Smallest & oldest chartered city in Vt
- Historic Downtown
- Vergennes Opera House
- Falls Park
~Addison Northwest Supervisory Union
~Vergennes Union High School
~Vergennes Elementary School
~Northlands Job Corps Center
~Champlain Valley Christian School
- Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
- Settlers Park
- Farmers Market, June through October
- Art Walk, June through September
GREATER VERGENNES: Vergennes, although only one square mile wide, is the center of a greater population area of 20,000 for commerce, culture, education, and services. It is within walking distance to restaurants, clothing stores, an artisanal bakery, chocolatier, grocery, seasonal farmer’s market, florist, hardware store, dry cleaners, barber, beauty salons, fitness center, physicians, dentists, lawyers, accountants, schools, municipal recreation facilities, churches, art galleries, concerts, plays, dance performances, and enumerable cultural events. The local fire department and rescue squad are close by and are exemplary.
The property is down the road from the magnificent Vergennes Falls and ten minutes from Lake Champlain with its excellent swimming, fishing, boating and sailing opportunities; numerous Vermont State Parks and wildlife management preserves; Lake Champlain Maritime Museum; Basin Harbor Club with its 18-hole golf course; and is central to outstanding Champlain Valley bicycle routes. Middlebury College and its Breadloaf Campus, downhill, and cross-country skiing, are all within a fifteen-minute drive, as is the Porter Hospital.
There is easy and scenic access to the splendid Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondacks of New York State.
Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, with its well-respected academic and cultural institutions, vibrant city center, and international airport, is a 35-minute drive. Multicultural Montreal, Quebec, is only two hours away.