Prime House in a Prime Location
Honestly, this lovely, white frame Colonial at 49 Navarre Road is in the city of Rochester, but just barely. Located just off St. Paul Boulevard north of East Ridge Road, within easy walking distance of the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Seneca Park and zoo, the Genesee River, and the Irondequoit border, Navarre Road is situated in a pocket of streets as close to nature as any in the city.
49 Navarre Road, a 1759 sq. ft. Colonial Revival house built in 1920, is attractive and very well kept both inside and out. Pride of ownership is evident everywhere, from the finished basement to the unfinished but spacious attic and all of the rooms in between. Although the exterior is painted white, the interior walls are covered in wallpaper, upholstery fabric, and rug material especially designed for walls, in colors and textures that convey a high level of interest in interior design. The high gloss hardwood floors say care and permanence. The attractive window treatments are negotiable.
Each room has its own highlights. The eat-in kitchen, with stained poplar trim, receives ample light through two windows. The stove, refrigerator and dishwasher stay in the house. The living room boasts an attractive bay window and a wood-burning fireplace with a decorative wood mantle that the owner believes is original to the house The dining room has a very unusual and attractive design element: chair rails with wallpaper above and upholstery fabric below. It looked so inviting to me that a touch was essential (with the owner’s permission of course). A former enclosed porch completes the downstairs. This room, now heated, features windows that overlook the street, and wood moldings.
Keep your eyes wide open while taking the stairs to the second floor. The stairwell is decorated with vinyl wall covering consisting of a wide red border topped by an off-white paper. Add the high gloss hardwood floors and a sometimes neglected space is now a visual treat. The two-color wall treatments continue to the top of the stairs to a wide second-floor hallway. Each bedroom has its own character, brought about mostly by attractive wall coverings. . The largest two measure 16x12.” A master bath on the second floor features a separate tub and stall shower, a very nice tile floor and once again, is decorated attractively by caring homeowners.
The partially finished basement shows the homeowner’s taste as well. At the bottom of the basement stairs is a large wall-to-wall carpeted room. One wall is filled with floor to ceiling cupboards. It is the only area of the house where neutral colors dominate, so you can leave it as is or repaint and paper as your taste dictates. This portion of the basement has a full bathroom. The other side, unfinished, contains the furnace and the hot water heater.
49 Navarre Road has central air conditioning. Asking price is $139,000. Taxes are $3,749. To learn more, please drop by Sunday, March 12, from 1-4 p.m. as part of the City Living Sunday program or call Realtor® William B. Howard, Prudential K.A.R.E.S. Realty at 585-247-8250.
By Flo Paxson, publications manager at the Landmark Society of Western New York.