House Lust: An Affordable Bristol Charmer on the Parade Route

It's on the market for $389,900.

The Bristol Fourth of July Parade may be over, but the parade through this historic charmer has only just begun.

The home, at 281 Hope Street, was built in 1855. It’s part of the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society’s plaque program; Susan Gorham is named as the home’s proprietor at the time it was built. (I’m tracking down some details on Gorham; check back for more information!) Open houses are scheduled for this Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 and this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

It’s one of Bristol’s few Gothic Revival homes, and many lovely exterior details — a cobblestone pathway and decorative barge board trim on the main and entryway gables, for instance — have withstood the test of time. The interior, with built-ins in the parlor and skylights in the kitchen, has good bones but requires updating in the kitchen and bedrooms. A stone patio out back is a cool sanctuary and offers privacy from bustling Hope Street. The house is nestled between well-preserved historic homes, quaint shops and restaurants. It’s a quick walk downhill to the Bristol waterfront.

The home has been on and off the market since 2008, with its original recession-era listing price at $479,000. Realtor Heather Feid, with William Raveis Real Estate in Providence, says the home has been rented since September, with a lease ending in August. She comments on the “old-world charm” of the property, as well as some modernizing that the current owners have completed over the last several years.

Here’s your House Lust:

For more information, contact Heather Feid at 401-787-5979, email or visit to see the full listing.


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