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Historic Brick Federal Period Mansion on Fabled Chestnut Street, Salem

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Breathtaking 6,000 square foot 6 bedroom, 3.5 bath home on historic street.

The Saltonstall - Tuckerman House is a breathtaking brick Federal Period mansion built in 1810 and first occupied by Leverett Saltonstall, the first Mayor of Salem and scion of one of the oldest and most prominent families in Massachusetts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it resides on historic Chestnut Street, which has often been called one of the most beautiful street in America. Still the premier residential street in Salem, Chestnut Street was laid out in 1800 as the street on which some of America’s first millionaires, many of whom were shipowners, merchants, and sea captains engaged in the China Trade, would build their mansions. The house is prominently featured in a number of books on architecture and is famous for it's three story suspended spiral staircase. The current residents are only the third family to reside in the house since it was built over two hundred years ago.

The approximately 6,000 square foot house has six large bedrooms, three and a half recently renovated bathrooms, a beautifully renovated kitchen with a Vulcan restaurant stove and cherry cabinets custom built by a furniture maker who has made pieces for the White House, a butler’s pantry, an amazing formal dining room, a children’s playroom, a laundry room, a wisteria-trimmed sunroom, and a library. All of the period details remain, including exquisite wood work and moldings and ten fireplaces (regretfully not available for use by guests due to their age). There are high ceilings and large windows throughout (unlike many other antique homes for rent, which often have some of their bedrooms in low ceiling height, small window upper floors that have been converted from attics or were once servants quarters) The house is gracefully furnished with lovely antiques, Persian carpets, etc., While many visitors exclaim that the house should be a museum, they find it warm and welcoming, not stuffy.

There is a lovely yard and garden and a gas grill for outdoor cooking.

The house is in a historic residential neighborhood on the edge of downtown Salem, within walking distance of the city’s many wonderful restaurants and shops, tourist attractions, America’s oldest museum, the Peabody Essex, the waterfront, and the train to Boston, which takes 25-30 minutes.

The opportunity to stay in a home like this rarely presents itself.

Also inquire about the guest suite in the property's carriage house, which sleeps two to four people.

More Details

Rich Jagolta
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About Rich Jagolta

This is my family's home, not merely a property I own for rental purposes. As such, I am careful to rent it to visitors who will appreciate and respect its history and the care I have put into preserving both the house and its furnishings. However, it's a comfortable house meant to be lived in, and it's important to me that guests relax and enjoy it as much as my children and I do.

I've had an eclectic and interesting work life, including being an international banker on Wall Street, head of a wine importing and distributing company (yes, for a time I got paid to drink wine), a business workout and turnaround consultant, and now a real estate broker.

I was raised on the North Shore of Boston, but have traveled extensively around the world. I have degrees from Georgetown University and University of Chicago, and have been a Fellow and faculty member at Harvard University. I have lived in New York, London, Chicago, Washington, and Cambridge before moving to Salem 20 years ago. I was attracted to Salem not just for its outstanding history and culture, but because, if one is so inclined, there is something fun and different to do here every day. There are always music, literary events, museum shows, history talks, political events, and lively restaurants and bars. I also enjoy the opportunity to bike, run, stand-up paddleboard, sail, kayak, practice yoga, and many other active lifestyle activities available in Salem.

One of the reasons I rent out the house is to help pay for the large expense of maintaining a house like this, and also to give people who may not otherwise have the opportunity or inclination to own this kind of property themselves a chance to experience it firsthand.. However, I also do it because I have met some wonderful and fascinating people this way. I look forward to meeting you.

Rich Jagolta purchased this house in 1993

Why Rich Jagolta chose Merrimack Valley & Essex County

I had been looking at houses to buy for about a year, and found some that were interesting but, none that were exactly right. I knew as soon as I drove up to this house that it was the one. As a high school student, I attended a few balls and parties at Hamilton Hall, the Federalist meeting hall a couple of hundred yards down Chestnut Street. I was fascinated that I was attending parties in the same room in which historical figures like the Marquis de Lafayette had been to parties. I had taken the trolley tour that describes the historic homes of Chestnut Street, and knew that fascinating people had lived on the street in the past - Thomas Saunders, the venture capitalist who provided Salemite Alexander Graham Bell with the funds to start his telephone company; Ernest Fenellosa, the Japanese Imperial Commissioner of Fine Arts, Frank Benson, the Impressionist artist; Stephen Phillips, King Kamehameha of Hawaii's first attorney general, charged with writing an American style constitution for that country. I knew that what was to become my own house had been first lived in by Leverett Saltonstall, the first Mayor of Salem. It made me wonder what famous visitors to Salem may have been entertained right here.

The lovely yard and garden are also an appealing aspect of this home.

What makes this house unique

I have lived in this home for over twenty years now, and I still notice new details that never caught my eye before. There are the ten fireplaces, some with carved and columned wood mantels and surrounds, some with marble, some with soapstone inserts, one with brass. There are the 54 windows, some with bulls-eye glass, most with the original, slightly wavy period glass, and even one with antique graffiti - JA Tuckerman scratched into it. The Tuckermans lived here in 1860. There's the three story suspended spiral staircase, so amazing a technological feat in 1810 architects have been writing about and studying it ever since.

The ability to reside on a lovely residential street, yet be within walking distance of Salem's vibrant downtown allows one to easily take advantage of Salem's wonderful museums, historic, artistic, and cultural attractions, waterfront, restaurants and shops.

Few people are fortunate enough to have the experience of living in a home like this, which many people liken to a museum more than a traditional house. It's even rare to have the opportunity to stay in one. I enjoy sharing that others. This is your chance to experience it, too.


Salem House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , claw foot tub is decorative
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
  • All bedrooms are large and have high ceilings. Please note this is our home, so while we will ensure there is adequate hanging space in closets for your clothes, it is not possible for us to completely remove all of our clothing and personal effects.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Historic Brick Federal Period Mansion on Fabled Chestnut Street, Salem
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful house for a large crowd very near town

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend in this beautiful house on a lovely historic street, and Rich was an excellent host. Plenty of space for 10-12 of us, plus other guests for dinner. It is a short walk to town for all the shops, attractions and restaurants of Salem.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kate! Hope you had an awesome birthday!
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  • 5 of 5

This house is a piece of history every detail was amazing and very comfortable to stay in. We had a large group preparing for an event and everyone was able to get plenty of rest

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House!

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of room for our group and conveniently located within walking distance of many of the attractions we wanted to see. Favorite gathering areas were the kitchen, sun room and the front porch.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mary. You were great guests and it was a pleasure having you here. You're welcome back anytime. Rich
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Amazing house!!

  • 5 of 5

We had three families stay in this gorgeous home with plenty of room to spare. It was a magical October weekend in Salem and staying in this house made us feel like we stepped back in time, but with all modern amenities. It was a short walk to all the shops and restaurants, yet secluded enough where you were never bothered by the crowds. Rich was a gracious host. I highly recommend staying here for the full Salem experience!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, great location

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful vacation we planned with a group of family and friends. The house is incredible. The pictures do not do it justice! The kitchen and garden room were the regular hangouts when we were at the house. The homeowner is very accommodating and helpful with suggestions for local restaurants and places to see. I would suggest this beautiful house to anyone staying in Salem. It's walking distance to all of the sites and situated on a quite street, so you don't have to deal with downtown craziness all night.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Great House, Great Location. We had 12 ladies and had plenty of room. The owner was great he responded everytime I had a question. Plenty of parking right outside the house. We didn't move the van the whole weekend, everything is in walking distance from the house. The artifacts in the house were so authentic we loved the decor. The beds were very comfortable, their were plenty of towels and linens. So if your looking for a great place to stay in Salem this home is perfect. We are planning to return again for another weekend we loved it so much!!! Thanks Rich

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Boston Logan
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Opus, Rockafella's, Tavern in the Square
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Salem-Boston Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Old Salem Greens
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Salem-Boston MBTA commuter rail
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Rte.128, I-95, Rte. 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Turner Seafood,Opus,Lobster Shanty, Howling Wolf
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Dead Horse Beach, Waikiki Beach
Car: not necessary

Salem is famous for the Witch Trials that were held here in 1692, and there are several witch related museums. Salem was also one of the largest seaports in America in the early 1800's, and home to the country's first millionaires. Tourists come to see the magnificent mansions they built, one of which is this house you're contemplating renting, and many of which are on the same street.

The amazing Peabody Essex Museum was founded in 1799 by ship owners and sea captains to house the artifacts they brought back to Salem from their travels around the world. Collections today exceed 2.4 million works of art and culture in twenty-four buildings, including the Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house located outside of China. The recently opened main building was designed by world reknowned architect Moshe Safdie. Recent exhibits have included the maritime paintings of British artist JMW Turner, a collection of Dutch Old Master paintings, the works of Alexander Calder, the photographs of ManRay, a show on avant-guard Japanese fashion, a show on mid 20th century California design, and numerous works by contemporary artists. The permanent collections include antique furniture, paintings, China Trade porcelain, etc. It's a place not to be missed.

Salem has a beautiful harbor full of boats, several waterfront parks, waterfront restaurants and shops, etc.

Salem is know for its active cultural, art, and literary scene. There are numerous annual festivals, including a jazz and soul festival, a maritime festival, an antique boat show, several antique car shows, a poetry festival, Salem heritage days, Independence Day celebrations, and literary festivals. Many restaurants and bars offer live music of all types at night, and most do not charge a cover charge to listen to music. Coffee houses also abound.

Salem is often called the Halloween Capital of the world, and thousands of visitors flock here throughout out the month of October to celebrate.

Salem is the North Shore's regional restaurant mecca, offering several outstanding seafood establishments ranging from casual seafood shanties to casual waterfront establishments to fine dining. There are casual pub type restaurants, a microbrewery, innovative fine dining establishments, quiet places for an intimate dinner and lively places to see and be seen. Virtually every type of ethnic food is available, including Italian, Mexican, Indian, and Mediterranean.

Salem is only a half hour from Boston by car or train. There is also a seasonal ferry and several bus routes to Boston. It is adjacent to Marblehead, one of the nation's premier sailing destinations, and within a half hour drive or train ride of the fishing town of Gloucester and scenic Rockport. New Hampshire and Maine are less than an hour's drive, and Cape Cod is less than two hours away.


Rates & Availability

Salem House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 27 2017 - Nov 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning Fee $200

Please inquire for weekly rates, providing as much detail as possible about when you would like to stay, why you plan to visit the area, how many people will be staying, etc.

Payments made by credit card will be subject to a processing fee of 3%.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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