Home of the week: Charming historical two-bedroom
From Amy Cherry Taylor and Associates
608 Shepherd St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Budding with charm, downtown convenience, lots of recent upgrades, and a detached outbuilding converted with finished space, 608 Shepherd Street is ready to wow you and yours! Built in 1907 and tastefully enhanced (and recently renovated!) through the years, this colonial includes two bedrooms, one bath and beautiful living spaces.
Before we get any further, let’s talk about this location! Tucked just east of the Fredericksburg National Military Park in the heart of Downtown Fredericksburg, so much is within a mile. Among those spots are the shops and restaurants along Caroline and William Streets, the Fredericksburg VRE/Amtrak station, the University of Mary Washington and several parks. I-95 access (Route 3 exit) and tons of shopping/dining/grocery stores along Route 3 are within a 5-minute drive.
The real magic of this property begins outside. Zooming in on its back yard, it has a New Orleans-style courtyard feel, complete with full hardscaping and dots of greenery. Highlights include a 10×10-foot shed that has been converted to a man cave/she shed, with a current bedroom set-up with power! Also note the large and expansive decking, stone patio, and tasteful paver patios connecting select spaces. The side of the home is well-mulched (note the chimenea!) with beautiful paver paths and newer gates.
Out front, note that the home is tucked on a one-way street, so, count on ample parking! Landscaping-wise, there is a large mulch bed with a crepe myrtle. The home itself is a stately white, with a popping deep purple door. The roof is new as of 2019 and the siding is mostly aluminum. And, yes, there is a sizeable front porch for taking in the unbeatable ambiance!
Once inside, you’re greeted with the living room. Note the 10-foot-high ceilings throughout the main level and gleaming hardwood floors. Additional main level features include the dining room (with a lovely corner cabinet/storage area), old porch area converted into a laundry room (stackable machinery conveys), and the galley-style kitchen. The kitchen features white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and updated counters. Rounding out the level, note the lovely built-in cabinetry en route to the lower-level cellar. And, yes, for bonus storage, there is a lower-level cellar! It houses the home’s furnace, hot water heater and electric panel (which has been updated). For history lovers, make sure to check out the home’s original coal shoot that is still intact.
Heading to the upper level of the residence, you’ll find two bedrooms and the full bath. The primary bedroom is along the front of the house and includes a large closet with double louver doors. The bathroom includes a single vanity and – a showstopper – the home’s original clawfoot tub.
Location, well-preserved charm and modern touches? Yes, 608 Shepherd Street is an amazing find!