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    Antique Cape tied to a Sherborn founding family hits market

    156 South Main St.; $589,000

    Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
    The antique center-chimney Cape has fresh paint, inside and out.

    Stone walls ribbon across an acre lot graced by towering pines and broadleaf trees, which wrap around this antique center-chimney Cape, a freshly painted home connected to the Holbrooks, one of the town’s founding families.

    The side door leads into a small mudroom, part of a 1989 addition that included a full bathroom and a dining room, where the flooring is a wide antique pine that visually echoes the ancient chestnut found in the original section of the house. The dining room has a walk-in pantry and a slider that leads to a flagstone patio, which overlooks the gently rolling lot.

    To the right of the mudroom is an eat-in kitchen with natural elements: The cabinets are knotty pine, and the flooring is narrow strips of blond maple. The stove is fueled by propane, and the appliances are white.


    The kitchen, added on years ago, opens to the main space in the original house: the living room. Here, the focal point is the still-operational wood-burning fireplace, which has ovens, antique cooking tools, and a surround of brick and smooth chestnut planks. The windows in this room are newer, but the wainscot and the exposed ceiling beams are original. Antique lighting complements the room. The ceiling height is 8 feet.

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    A turn around the corner leads to the second full bath, a foyer closet, and the master bedroom, a comfy space that draws light from corner windows.

    Behind a door in the living room, stairs covered in a pretty needlepoint runner lead to a small landing flanked by dormered bedrooms of equal size. The ceiling heights in both are comfortable, and there is ample closet space, including storage built into the walls, a classic Cape touch.

    The unfinished basement has a fieldstone foundation that was replaced in 1993. The furnace is new, and the home has a generator.

    An outbuilding being sold as is may have housed a blacksmith shop, and the yard is fenced — pickets in the front, rails in the back.


    The listing broker, Laura Mastrobuono of Century 21 Commonwealth in Natick, will hold an open house on Sunday, April 17, from 12 to 1:30 p.m.


    Style: Antique Cape

    Year built: 1785

    Square feet: 1,466

    Bedrooms: 3

    Baths: 2 full

    Sewer/water: Private

    Taxes: $9,018 (2015)

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    Photos by Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

    John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe. Send listings to Please note: We do not feature unfurnished homes and will not respond to submissions we won’t pursue.