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From funeral parlor to family home

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis August 6, 2013 10:44 AM

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It always kills me to see beautiful old Victorians converted into funeral homes, no pun intended.

Back in the '60s and '70s though, no one wanted these homes - they were looking for the Brady Bunch house out in some sprawling subdivision of raised ranches and colonials.

And as much as I love old homes, I am not sure I have what it takes to convert one of these misused Victorians back to a home for the living, not the dead.

However, someone else did all the hard work on this ornate, rather Gothic looking mini mansion in Hudson, built in 1889.

From the property listings, the Pleasant Street house near downtown Hudson sold in 2007 for $392,000 and is now on the market again, this time for $347,000.

Its past as a funeral home aside, you certainly would get a lot of space for your dollar with this 3,534 square foot, four bedroom house. It also comes with the biggest three car garage I have seen in a long time, not to mention more than an acre of land.

I will leave it to your imagination to figure out what some of these rooms were used for previously, but there's a play room, a media room/home theater, as well as a "sitting room."

Having looked at the photos, my beef with the current presentation is the heavy, '70s-style drapes - given everything, I'd vote for a lighter touch.

What's your take? Could former funeral homes actually be a bargain given Greater Boston's lofty prices? Would you take a chance on a house with a past?

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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