Two centuries with a view of Bristol Harbor

The Parker Borden House is 215 years old, with two-and-half levels of living, six fireplaces and a view across the northern end of Bristol Harbor. The Parker Borden House is 215 years old, with two-and-half levels of living, six fireplaces and a view across the northern end of Bristol Harbor.

The Parker Borden House is 215 years old, with two-and-half levels of living, six fireplaces and a view across the northern end of Bristol Harbor.

The Parker Borden House has been overlooking the southeast curve of Bristol Harbor for more than 215 years, and the view hasn’t gotten old yet.

This two-and-a-half-story, five-bay Federal home was built in 1798 by Shipmaster Parker Borden, with wood repurposed from one of his own ships. Architectural historians will appreciate the palladian window over the front door, the extant original plank floors, two interior chimneys, and intricate moldings and detailing throughout, notably rope molding in the northern parlor.

This four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home has a total of nine rooms on three levels. There are fireplaces in most rooms – a total of six gas and two wood-burning, one in the formal living room and the other in the formal dining room. There is a secret porch in the rear that overlooks a exquisitely maintained private garden and two-level art gallery that could be converted into a guest house.

With a gas-fired furnace over six zones and updated systems, as well as a brand-new roof and recent exterior paint, The Parker Borden House has been exceptionally well-maintained.

The property includes an exquisitely maintained private garden and two-level art gallery that could be converted into a guest house.

Located in Bristol’s downtown historic district, with the bike path and Bristol Harbor (as well as the former site of Parker Borden’s shipping pier) steps from your front door, and all of Bristol’s finest shops and restaurants within a few blocks’ walk, the Parker Borden House is perfectly sited to take advantage of all that Bristol has to offer. It’s a unique and rare opportunity for a connoisseur of early American architecture.

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