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The Flowers/Gates Home ~ 1989

Gates Exterior

During the 1980s dozens of new residences designed to be com­patible with the scale and character of historic streetscapes filled areas cleared during earlier urban renewal campaigns. This townhouse was one of seven built in 1989 by John Flowers in the first phase of the award winning Corn Hill Village on Greig Street.  These individually owned units were developed along the lines of a 19th century English country compound. Each unit has a different and unique layout.

The current owner purchased this 2 story townhouse in 2001 after downsizing from a home in Mendon and is only its second owner.  She was attracted to the layout, full basement, garage, the porches and the green space behind the unit.  Outside you will notice the 3 porches, 2 in front and one in back, that afford the owner, an avid gardener, many hours of relaxation and bird watching during the warmer months.

Inside, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features a larger master suite complete with its own porch.  Over the past 12 years the owner has enjoyed updating the home by removing wallpaper, adding oak floors on the main floor, pushing out a wall and adding a window seat in the dining room and adding granite counter tops and new appliances in the kitchen.

Fully decorated for the holidays, note the crèche in the dining room with hand carved Italian figures that was collected by the owner’s parents over many years. Also note the collection of snowmen in the kitchen as well as many handmade Christmas decorations made by the owner.  The two story stairwell features posters from past Corn Hill Arts Festivals including several original ones from the first festivals produced by the owner’s partner, one of the original artists.  The photographs throughout the townhouse were taken by the owner and her partner who is a professional photographer.  Upstairs you’ll find handmade quilts and pillows in each bedroom including some made by the owner’s great grandmother.

On the way to and from the Gates home you can see Corn Hill’s newest homes to the West, a new townhouse development targeting first time home buyers. When complete the project will consist of 2 buildings, each with 4 units and a center court yard area.