BRISTOL, R.I. — The Codman House at 42 High St. is a stately, circa 1870 mansion designed by Newport architect George Champlin Mason.
The 2½-story house, with a mansard roof, was originally built for two sisters from Boston, Catherine Elizabeth and Maria Potter Codman. In 1875, the sisters added a 3½-story tower wing to the northeast corner of the Second Empire home for their brother, Henry.
In 1984, the house was divided into seven condominiums and renamed Codman Place.
Aimee Merritt bought her condo there in 2005, when she was living and working in Rhode Island. She said she has been renting the condo since her job transfer to Connecticut, but most of the other units in the building are owner occupied, and she thinks it’s time to sell. The first floor condo has two bedrooms, one full bathroom and one half bathroom, and 1,153 square feet of living space.
Merritt said she has updated the kitchen and the bathrooms, and had the hardwood floors refinished, since she purchased the condominium.
The house is on Bristol’s July 4th parade route, on a large lot with specimen trees. “I think it’s the nicest area” in Bristol, Merritt said. “There’s not that many condos in that area.”
Every year, thousands travel to Bristol to witness the country’s oldest continuously running Independence Day parade. 2016 marked the parade’s 231st year, and in Bristol, homes on the 2.5-mile parade route on Hope and High streets are highly desirable.
At Codman Place, the owners also share access to a spacious common room on the first floor which can be used for parties and other gatherings. Merritt’s condo, Unit 1, also comes with two off-street parking spaces, including one garage space, and a separate locked storage space in the basement. There are also storage shelves in the common garage, located behind the house. There is a half circle driveway leading to the front entrance.
Inside, the condominium, Unit 1, is a one-level space on the first floor, at the back of the house. Mirrors are a big theme in the decor. There are mirrored kitchen cabinet doors (the mirrors could be replaced with clear glass) and mirrored vanities in the bathrooms. There are even mirrored electric outlet covers.
Both of the bedrooms are compact but they are decorated in neutral colors. The master bedroom has a curved wall, three windows, light beige wall-to-wall carpeting and a closet with shuttered doors. There are stacked laundry machines hidden in a closet in the hallway.
The living room is large, with a fireplace, high ceilings and tall windows that are almost floor-to-ceiling height. There are original built-in bookshelves and newer shelving. The kitchen is also compact but it is has been updated with white cabinets and black granite counters.
Unit 1 at 42 High Street in Bristol is priced at $325,900. Real estate taxes are $3,839, and the monthly condo association fee is $431. An open house is planned Sunday, April 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact David or Meg Chapman, of Chapman and Partners Real Estate, (401) 523-8332.
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