Believed to be The oldest surviving Italian house in Marion County, John Fitch Hill House was built in 1853 on large, rural land. Now, just over a mile east and a little south of Monument Circle, the environment has changed, but the house retains its stately red brick, low hipped roof, decorative brackets and brackets, and attic gable. As a standout example of its architectural style, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
Thanks to years of planning and careful maintenance by the current owners, the English style gardens of the house have matured to cocoon the property like a private oasis. Since no pesticides are used, the garden is filled with butterflies and birds. The morning coffee on the porch is peaceful and calm even when the hustle and bustle of the city is so close.
The most distinctive feature of the 6,000-square-foot home is a two-story library that rises from the basement. The upper level is flooded with sunshine and great window seating options, while the lower level offers a cozy roll-up space next to the fireplace. The rest of the basement looks like a habitable version of the city market’s catacombs, with exposed brick walls and arches and exposed floor beams.
With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the home offers the modern conveniences that most buyers want while staying true to its storied history. You get wallpaper borders, picture rails, crystal lights, and beautiful stained glass. If so much has changed of the county seat since 1850, it is amazing to see a property that has been preserved as if in amber, a faithful witness of the passage of time.
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Address: 1523 Southeastern Ave.
Price: $ 560,000
Agent: Kristin Glassburn, Plat Collective, 317-513-4251