House Lust: A Purple Farmhouse with History and all the Right Updates

Bonus: It's just $325,900.

This 1797 farmhouse was built by a hard-working farmer who tended his family’s 100 acres of land until his death. And the labor here — as with all historic homes that stand today — still goes on.

That’s the bargain with old houses. You get to live betwixt the layers of history, but you have to do your part. As luck would have it, the most recent owners of the Silas Clapp House — sited along East Greenwich Avenue in West Warwick — have done much of the heavy lifting. Wide-plank pine floors have been replaced, old windows were swapped with new period-appropriate replicas and the kitchen was renovated top to bottom with new cabinets, appliances and countertops.

The home’s “succession of sympathetic owners,” as its National Register of Historic Places inventory form states, isn’t a huge surprise. Find me a person who doesn’t love a New England farmhouse — a purple one, at that! — and I’ll see a mind that’s ready to change. But for the myriad things that make this place special, one puts it over the top: It’s affordable — particularly in the pandemic market, where the median home price is $333,164 and the average sale price is $467,077, per the Rhode Island Association of Realtors’ latest market report.

Are you the Silas Clapp House’s next steward? Here’s your House Lust:

For more information, contact Residential Properties’ Frances Ferland at 401-406-9326 or visit residentialproperties.com.

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