Shepard House—Norfolk—$1,050,000

Shepard House was designed by Alfredo Taylor for Frederick Shepard, one of Norfolk’s most generous benefactors.  It is “constructed of the materials Taylor loved: rubble-stone walls, diamond-paned windows, dark chestnut siding.  The use of chestnut is continued in the interior woodwork, notably in the paneled living room, which incorporates a cozy inglenook.” (Alfredo Taylor in Norfolk by Havemeyer and Dance.)  Built in 1922, the house has 4,745 sf of living space, 7 bedrooms, 3 and a half + baths, hardwood floors, plaster walls, high ceilings, an attached 2-car garage (with once-upon-a-time chauffeur’s quarters above), full basement, laundry room etc.  The house is for the most part in its original state except for electrical up-grading, a new furnace and hot water heater, a new (2022) asphalt shingle roof that replaced the original slate and central AC.  There are 2 balconies, one off the master bedroom and one shared by 2 other bedrooms.  A short distance to the village center, the house sits on 1.5 quiet acres and has a pool.

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Style: Craftsman/Alfredo-style. Size: 4,745 living area
Age: 1922 Bedrooms: 5 -7
Water: Town Baths: 3 ½
Sewer: Town Electric: 200 amps (?) circuit breakers. 
Heat: Oil-fired forced hot air. Buderus boiler with air handler.  3 zones plus hot water. Oil tanks: Two, 275-gallon tanks in basement.
Hot water: Off furnace Roof: Asphalt shingle.  2022  Copper gutters.
Internet: Yes, connected.  Comcast. Central AC Yes.
Generator: Yes.  2012 Taxes: $12,685 (2022)

General Information

Front entry: Through natural stone portico.  Entry hall:  30’ x 9’. Semi-circular main staircase, wood paneling, two coat closets, carpet over hardwood, doors to living room, dining room and breakfast room.  Hand operated, weighted elevator.  French doors to front lawn and pool area.
Living room: 3 steps down from entry hall.  Half bath and closet at landing. Pocket doors to living room: 32’ x 20’ with 10’ ceiling plus 15’ x 7’ stone inglenook.  Oak floor, chestnut paneled walls, flush paster and wood ceiling, bookshelves, French doors to covered stone “porch”: 20’ x 14’.
Dining room: 19’ x 25’.  Fireplace with stone hearth and carved wooden mantle, wood paneling, flush plaster and wood ceiling, 3 bay windows, door from kitchen.
Breakfast room: 15’ x 13’.  French doors between dining rooms.  Door from kitchen.
Kitchen: 13’ x 20’.  Wood cabinets, stone counter tops, gas range, dishwasher, fridge, wide-board floors.
Sitting room: 15’ x 13’. Oak floor, sliding doors to an open wood porch, door to back stairs, back hall, garage, laundry room and then down to the basement.
Mud room: 12’ x 12’.  Used as a side entrance, stone floor, unheated, extra fridge, great for cold storage.
Second floor:  
Main bedroom suite: Through door from second floor hall.  Oak floors.  Top of elevator.  Sitting room/nursery: 15’ x 15’ with closet. Bedroom: 18’ x 18’ plus 7’ x 7’ bump out, vaulted ceiling, 3 closets, fan.  Covered balcony.  Bath: stone tile floor, walk-in shower, bidet, Corian vanity with 2 sinks.
2 Bedrooms, shared bath + balcony: Bedrooms 18’ x 16’ and 18’ x 18’.  2 closets in the first and 1 in the second.  Each has a door to a covered balcony and the hall between the two has a closet, a recently renovated WC and adjacent bath with tub and sink. 
Office/other: Across the main hall.  10’ x 15’. 
2 Bedrooms: 13’ x 9’ each.  Renovated bathroom just across the hall.
Trunk room: 15’ x 10’.
Back stairs to: Garage: 24’ x 21’ with one large door, windows and poured concrete floor.  Laundry room w/door and then down to the …
Full basement: Concrete floor, field stone walls, furnace pit, bulkhead door.
Pool: Pool was refurbished in 2020.  Fenced.
Land: 1.64 acres.  Stone walls, old formal garden area. 1981 A2 survey.  Semi-circular driveway is off a shared road with one other house.