President Calvin Coolidge, Norman Rockwell and P.T. Barnum are among the elite guests that once enjoyed stays at this 1875 Second Empire with its characteristic mansard roof. Furniture tycoon Sylvester Pierce built the 3-story house in the town of Gardner, still celebrated as the furniture capital of New England, about 60 miles from Boston. A period of neglect and vacancy followed a high-stakes card game that cost Pierce's son the house in 1965, but, still fitted with its original woodwork and fixtures, the 5-bedroom house has been significantly restored over the past six years.
Grab it for $499,900.
Wachusett Country Realty