53 Austin Street, Portsmouth, NH - 6BR, 7648 sq ft - $3,890,000

53 Austin Street, Portsmouth, NH

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Price: $3,890,000 Status: Active
Taxes: $37,354 Lot Size 0.4
Type: Single Family Sq. Ft 7648
Bedrooms: 6 Total Baths: 6

Live where history happened and the rich and famous once walked. Take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to own the Pickering-Heffenger House c. 1804. Read about it in the pages of Richard Candee's Building Portsmouth as well as John Mead Howells' classic Architectural History of the Piscataqua. In short, Dr. Arthur Heffenger acquired the house a few years after the civil war. A retired US Navy doctor, he was active at the new "œCottage Hospital." That building still stands across from City Hall. The good doctor, along with his wife Fannie and six children, hosted a magnificent ball here for the Russian delegation while the Portsmouth Peace Treaty was being negotiated in 1905. The grandeur of that era still shines in the detailed finish work of the mansion's impressive front rooms. Count Witte himself most certainly would've admired the quadruple crown moldings, marble fireplace mantels and opulent stair rails. Today, the house represents a new modern opulence with its large, well-appointed, granite-countered kitchen, wide-board cherry floors, six bedrooms and six bathrooms, all recently renovated to highest standards. Further, Dr. Heffenger's stable has been converted into two, one-bedroom apartments and one, two-bedroom unit. There is ample parking for all. The uniquely spectacular property graces quiet, tree-lined Austin Street and is just steps away from downtown Portsmouth. License in place for inn conversion. Make your own history here.

Listed by Tony Jalbert of Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Rlty.

Property Features

Property Information

MLS # 
4931837 
Year Built 
1801 
Lot Size (Acres) 
0.4 
Road Frontage 
Yes 
School District 
Portsmouth School District 
Total Rooms 
12 
Bedrooms 
Full Baths 
Half Baths 
Seasonal 
No 
Water Service 
Public 
Water Body 
 
Water Frontage 
 

Additional Features

Basement 
Yes 
Date Listed 
9/30/2022 
Driveway 
Paved 
Electric 
200 Amp, Circuit Breaker(s) 
Exterior Features 
Building, Fence - Partial, Storage 
Foundation 
Fieldstone 
Garage/Parking 
Yes 
Garage Type 
Auto Open, Barn 
Heat/Fuel 
Gas - Natural 
Heating 
Baseboard, Hot Water 
House Color 
White 
Interior Features 
Attic, Blinds, Dining Area, Draperies, Fireplace - Wood, Fireplaces - 3+, Kitchen Island, Kitchen/Dining, Kitchen/Family, Kitchen/Living, Living/Dining, Primary BR w/ BA, Natural Light, Natural Woodwork, Skylight, Window Treatment, Laundry - 1st Floor 
Lot Description 
City Lot, Landscaped, Level 
Roof 
Shingle - Asphalt 
Seasonal 
No 
Sewer 
Public 
Water Service 
Public 
Water Heater 
Off Boiler 
Year Built 
1801 

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