“It was all about the grandchildren. They’re 10 and 12 and I wanted them to experience an around the bay, ocean view, old house,” says Gail Parsons.
When she first saw the newspaper ad for the house, she didn’t know where St. Joseph’s was. Figuring it was worth finding out, she set out with her sister. They found the house; but first, they found the beach. She was sold on the location before she had stepped foot inside the home. And then, touring the house, it kept getting better. She had made her decision.
“I said this is a fine place to have grandchildren.”
The house, built in 1902 by Patrick Power, sits on four acres of land. A row of mature trees on the front lawn hints at where the driveway once was, when horse and buggy was the predominant mode of travel. It was a time when wharves lined the waterfront, and the Powers had a canning plant. All of that is now long gone, the house the only remnant of that time.
It remains, for the most part, in original condition. That character, that charm, is partly what appealed to Gail, who appreciates antiques and heritage. She likes that the front windows are original, that the house has the original staircase and floors.
And she likes the yard, from which she has cleared about an acre of overgrowth, returning it to a cleared state and giving the half dozen apple trees a place to breathe while uncovering former gardens. She’s also added new gardens, where she has planted potatoes.
It’s a house meant for sharing with family, with cozy nooks for the experiences and conversations that will become cherished memories.
“The thing about this house, for me,” says Gail, “is I just want people to enjoy it.”