SOLD!! Former University of Massachusetts chancellor puts Belchertown home on the market Reply

Ideally situated far back from the old Belchertown road that led to the town of Enfield up until the construction of Quabbin Reservoir, this 3,596 square foot contemporary home offers 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and sits on nearly 5 acres of land framed by stone walls.  The address is 160 Old Enfield Road and the seller was the chancellor at UMass, Amherst through most of the 1990’s.



The yard boasts a fenced-in vegetable garden, perennial gardens, a meadow with wild flowers, and a large variety of, which include: Heritage Birches, two Katsura, four Sugar Maples, several Red Bud, a Paperbark Maple, a Variegated Beech, and others.  The current owners sometimes spot wildlife such as deer, fox, and wild turkey as well.

A new five-bedroom septic system was installed in 2012.

There is no shortage of natural light in this well-designed home.  The bright and sunny sunken living room has wall to wall carpeting.  A dual-fire place serves as a focal point and adjoins the living and dining room. The dining room has hardwood floors.

Accessible from the dining room through a set of double doors is a three-season room with a southern exposure.

The fully-applianced dine-in kitchen has amenities such as a walk-in pantry and a large dual-sink with a great view of the expansive back yard.  The kitchen is also open to an informal sitting area with wood floors, a hearth that would be great spot for a wood stove or a pellet stove, and a slider to an accommodating wood deck.  This space could also be used to expand the kitchen.

Also on the first floor, there is another sitting area, two bedrooms, and a full bathroom.  The hallway of this wing of the house will be widened significantly once the bookcases are removed.  It is also a well-lit space with a skylight and glass door at the end.  Both of the downstairs bedrooms are spacious and have vaulted ceilings and ceiling fans.  Neither of them have closets, however.  The sellers use these spaces as studies.

Another desirable feature of this home is a laundry room on the first floor with a window allowing for a view of the back yard.  A sliding door separates the half bathroom from the laundry room.  This room is located between the central hallway of this home and the attached two-car garage.

There are three more bedrooms upstairs.  The spacious master-bedroom suite includes a walk-in closet and a full bathroom with extras like dual-sinks and a bidet.  A large eastern facing window provides a great view of the backyard and sunrises over the ridge line beyond.

Down the hall from the master-bedroom are two more decent sized bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a deep linen closet.

Eight heating zones and four cooling zones add to this home’s energy efficiency.  The heating system is a mix of hot-water baseboard and radiant heat.  Although this property is heated by a conventional boiler, there is also a geothermal unit that is only used for cooling at this time.

This home is also covered by a home warranty.

The town of Belchertown is the 6th largest town in square miles and has a population of about 15,000 people, according to the most recent census.   Its historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with a large town common serving as its centerpiece.  The Belchertown Town Common hosts numerous events during the course of the year, but the annual town fair and fair parade is a beloved tradition.

Belchertown is also known for its highly ranked public schools.  It also has a very active senior center, recreation department, and historical society.  There are also several gyms, two grocery stores, several restaurants, and a couple of hardware stores―all of which are located a short drive away from 160 Old Enfield Road.

The Quabbin Reservoir provides a wide array of outdoor recreational opportunities as well.  It can be accessed through a gate located at the end of Old Enfield Road.  There are also miles of hiking trails throughout town, as well as hundreds of acres of conservation land.  There is also a town beach.

Belchertown was also designated at Green Community under the Green Communities Act in 2010.

Belchertown is also bordered by the more cosmopolitan town of Amherst, which is the home of three colleges that are part of the Five College ConsortiumAmherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts are all located in Amherst.

If you are planning on buying or selling a home in Belchertown or elsewhere in the Pioneer Valley, make your first call to Michael Seward at 413-531-7129.

Check out these photos taken by the seller during the summer.

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