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Built in 1822 for Charles M Owen, co-owner of Owen & Hurlburt, the first paper mill in the Historic District of South Lee. The stately Greek Revival townhouse stoically over looking the Beartown Mountain State Forest, has been renovated, and restored in 2012.
Decorated and completely furnished using the Restoration Hardware collection of furniture, lighting and rugs. Elegant and urban, old world and new, come meet the comfort and demands of the modern home, this century and the next.
This iconic Greek Revival house is recognizable by the classic entry porch with its four columns and the decorative pilaster. A new fieldstone walk way and landscaping wish you welcome. Several original Stanely Electric lamp posts trim the long circular driveway.
Once inside, the wide board floors throughout the house are enhanced by the perfect paint palette of warm colors, and quality lighting in every room. Three floors of living. Solid wood doors that have been restored to their natural color, period detail, high ceilings, decorative molding, tall windows. Six bedrooms, three and one half bathrooms (two with Ann Sacks marble tile). Four fireplaces, each with a unique mantle and hearth. A new kitchen with Ceasarstone counters and an oversize Viking refrigerator, a cozy dining room, two large living room parlors with built in bookshelves, decorative wood paneled office, a two car garage, all on 2.4+ acres.
1530 Pleasant Street stands grandly in the hub of vibrant Berkshire County living. One mile to Stockbridge, and the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Just a few miles to the Mass Turnpike.
Sitting in South Lee, a mile outside of Stockbridge, The house is nestled in an ideal location with views of Beartown Mountain and Yale Hill. We’re centrally located to numerous southern Berkshire attractions including Tanglewood, the Appalachian Trail, and Butternut Ski Resort, Jacobs Pillow and many more. The Town of Lee lies in the valley of the Housatonic River between the Taconic Range and the southernmost extent of the Green Mountains. It was first settled in 1760, relying on agriculture and lumbering, and grew quickly enough to be incorporated by 1777. The town took its name from General Charles Lee, second in command to George Washington.
The community supported some textile manufacturing in the 19th century but its first paper mill was built by Samuel Church in 1806. As textiles declined in the town and region, paper-making took its place as the foundation of the community's economy. By 1857 there were 25 paper mills in Lee producing $2 million in paper, as well as a set of subsidiary industries producing lime and paper-making machinery.
In 1852 another major industry was launched in the town, as builders and architects discovered Lee marble. It is said to be the hardest and finest marble in the world. Large scale quarrying was carried on in Lee for such projects as construction of a wing of the Capitol. Almost half a million cubic feet of marble was quarried and shipped on the Housatonic Railroad in 1867. About the same time, a new process for making paper solely from wood pulp was adopted and the poplar forests in the town fueled a huge leap in paper production, making Smith Paper Company of Lee the largest paper producer in the world until the forests were depleted.
Lee, divided into three villages, still retains the first house ever built in town, dated 1760, still hosts a paper company and a lime kiln and still has many of the farmhouses, estates, business blocks and factories that exemplify its history. Residents like to believe that history is still alive and well in Lee.
Lee is located in western Massachusetts, bordered by Tyringham and Great Barrington on the south, Lenox on the northwest, Becket on the east, Washington on the northeast, and Stockbridge on the west. Lee is 9 miles south of Pittsfield, 122 miles west of Boston, and 138 miles from New York City.
Lee is conveniently located at Exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90). By car, Lee is approximately two hours from Boston (125 miles), less than one hour from Albany (45 miles) and two and one-half hours (160 miles) from New York City. Parking in Lee is normally not a problem. There are no parking meters. Parking on Main Street is both parallel and diagonal. There is a free, public parking lot near the post office off of Railroad Street.
Lee is served by two major airports, Albany NY (ALB) and Hartford/Springfield Bradley (BDL), each approximately one hour from Lee.
Pittsfield and Albany are both served by Amtrak. Also, during its operating season, Lee is served by the Berkshire Scenic Railway. The train makes stops in Lenoxdale, Lee and Stockbridge. There is also a train museum at the Lenoxdale station.
Peter Pan Bus Lines provides service to and from Lee. Buses stop at Juice and Java, 60 Main Street, in Lee.
The LEE TROLLEY runs weekends and holidays from downtown Lee to the Prime Outlets and Stockbridge; rides are free! The trolley runs from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. For detailed information call 1-800-292-2782.
To experience the New England experience.
The bedrooms are laid out in the following fashion:
2nd Floor Bedrooms
1. Master Bedroom- King Bed, in suite bathroom
2. 2 Twin Beds
3. 1 Queen Bed with Jack n Jill bathroom
4. 1 Trundle Bed (twin) with trundle unit (twin)- shares Jack n Jill bath
3rd Floor Bedrooms
1. 2 Twin Beds
2. 1 Queen Bed
We were four couples on our annual visit to Tanglewood and other attractions in the area. The house is spacious, the rooms large with high ceilings and wide pine floors. It's nicely furnished and the kitchen is well-stocked with plenty of dishes and glasses. There were multiple spaces for us all to be together or to spread out and be apart. There is a nice screened in porch off the kitchen - perfect spot for cocktails after a hard day of hiking, museum going or shopping.
I definitely recommend this house to others. If you are a group like us, though, please note that the stairs to the third floor are a bit steep and narrow and there is no bathroom up there.
Kevin was very responsive.
The location is great. Easy to get to Lenox, Stockbridge, Lee, and Great Barrington.
The house was exactly what I was looking for to entertain a large party for the weekend. The house is in a lovely setting and centrally located to visit all the major towns of the Berkshires. Although there are 6 bedrooms, I would say that the house does not comfortably sleep 12 adults. It is better for 8 adults and 4 children as one of the bedrooms has a trundle bed and the attic room has a sloped ceiling. The attic room was unusable the first night because it was very warm and there was only 1 small skylight for ventilation. The shower in the Jack & Jill room did not work during our stay. There were also not enough linens to make all the beds properly.
This is a lovely old house in a great area. We had a very large family gathering and the house worked well for us. The house is charming and well appointed for a long weekend. The owner has done some restoration on the house, while maintaining the 19th century details. Kevin, the property manager, was responsive and helpful. Recommended. Thank you!
Thank you for letting us rent your home! We and a wonderful family vacation! the 1822 house is a perfect spot for a large group who wants to be together, cook and enjoy all the the Berkshires has to offer. The home is large and spacious and you never feel crowded or on top of your fellow vacationers. It is stocked with all of the amenities one can need and is conveniently located next to food stores, shopping centers, and cute downtown business districts. We definitely recommend the Chili at the Pub at the Red Lyon Inn!
Kevin, the property manager is very responsive and answers all questions immediately.
we give this home two thumbs up!
I hesitate to review this house because I'd like to keep this gem to myself! This historic home is a wonderful place to call home during a vacation in the Berkshires. The renovations give visitors the comforts of modern amenities, but preserve the charm and character of a home built in 1822. Bedrooms are plentiful for a large group and extremely comfortable. The communal spaces are immaculately decorated, yet warm and inviting for a relaxing evening with family and friends. I will 100% return to this gorgeous spot!
I stayed here with a few friends during summer, and we really enjoyed this home. Beautifully decorated and spacious. It rained a lot during our stay, so we spent more time than expected at the house, and having the enclosed patio was great, a nice play to hang out and read and enjoy the mountain views. Perfect location -- had a great meal at the restaurant across the street, a very short drive to Stockbridge and the Red Lion Inn, and Lenox, Great Barrington, etc. are very close too. Lots of hiking options nearby. The owner is extremely responsive and easy to work with. Would definitely recommend this home!
Norman Rockwell Museum
Red Lion Inn
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Butternut Ski Resort
MASS MOCA Museum
Prime Lee Outlets
Berkshire Theater Festival
The Bidwell House
Berkshire Choral Festival
Hancock Shaker Village
Williamstown Theater Festival
Berkshire Opera Company
Cove Bowling Lanes
Lee USA Speedway
Jacobs Ladder Trail
Rail Trail in Adams, MA
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3 night minimum stay
During summer months most rentals will be only for the entire week. A minimum of 7 nights may be required. Please ask. The pricing is based on normal occupancy. The less people that stay the less you pay...the more people that stay the more you pay. If you are not paying online with a Credit Card please let me know and I will remove the CC Fee of $50.
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