A Salem Home Buying Story that’s Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, Dusty and Marcela reached out to me about a rental ad in Salem. What, that’s not how most fairy tales start? Well, at least that’s were this story begins. The couple had recently moved to the area from Colorado and they were excited to be on a new adventure. In need of a landing spot to get their bearings, the newlyweds ended up renting out one of my apartments for about a year. Like most, they were quickly charmed by Salem’s history and incredible downtown and wanted to make the quirky city a permanent residence. I was thrilled when they contacted me to discuss buying.

We got to work quickly and identified a mix of single-family homes and condos within their price range. They were looking for something special, as they wanted the real “Salem experience”.

One home in particular stole the show.

We were all blown away by 270 Lafayette St #3, a penthouse condo in an 1880 Victorian that looks like it belongs in a fantasy world. The whimsical space is filled to the brim with character, including wide pine flooring, stained glass, built-in window seats, and an incredible turret. Yes, you read that right, a turret! A turret is a prominent architectural detail in a Victorian home that acts as a lookout tower. Complete with peaks of the ocean, this condo’s turret is reminiscent of Rapunzel’s purple castle.

Owning a slice of history comes with some serious perks, but it’s important to do some extra due diligence in order to understand the maintenance and pitfalls of owning an older home. During the inspection, we discussed ways to care for a home with historic integrity such as preserving a slate roof and choosing the right color schemes. As a fellow homeowner and property manager in Salem, I have an extensive vendor list of professionals who specialize in historic buildings and I am always happy to make an introduction for a client.

While I was sad to see two of my best tenants go, it was incredibly rewarding to help them land an enchanting piece of Salem real estate. Congrats Dusty and Marcela on your happily ever after and thank you for this fantastic review of the home buying experience.

“While this was not the first time my wife and I purchased a home, it was our first time purchasing a home in Massachusetts. Little did we know the breadth of knowledge we lacked in purchasing a home in the New England market. Fortunately, Dana has immense expertise in this area. From strategizing on offers to educating my wife and me on the inspection process, historical aspects of homes, etc. Dana was an invaluable resource in each phase of our buying experience. Without Dana, finding our new home would have been an arduous process. Dana’s knowledge, diligence, and responsiveness are unmatched.”

Are you looking to make a purchase in Boston or on the North Shore? I’m currently taking on a limited number of clients, please contact me if you would like to discuss working together.

Transaction Team Members

Lender: Adam Moore, Academy Mortgage Network

Attorney: Josh Karas, Karas Law Associates

Inspector: RJ Inspections