Elaine Writes – Monroe House Makeover: It’s For Sale!

It’s Not Really a Bungalow, it’s a Cape

Hi all. Wonderful news: the Monroe House is on the market. If you’ve been thinking about a personal visit, now’s the time to see it. When I visited recently and stood in the roomy farmhouse kitchen, I thought: ‘what a homey feeling this place has.’

Before I describe the new look, I need to correct the record. I’ve been informed that this house is not a bungalow-style home. (I labeled it that because it’s cozy and looks welcoming in the style I envision for a bungalow.) I know now that it’s a Cape. I admit to not understanding the technical differences before, which include the fact that this house has a 2nd floor, a closed floor plan and, most telling, it doesn’t have a front porch.

Built in 1805, the home has 1,488 square feet of living space set on .9 acres. After the current update, it has a wonderful kitchen/family room, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, including a master suite on the 2nd floor. There’s also a 2-car garage. The spacious yard boasts a re-surfaced cement slab in the back perfect for installing a grill and large enough for your outdoor furniture. Plentiful trees, a stone wall and other plantings make the house fit into its surroundings with an attractive ease. It’s location in downtown Monroe means that your property taxes will be among the lowest in the area – only $1,300 a year.

The Latest Update News

Since my last update, finishing touches have been made throughout the home. The redesigned master suite on the 2nd floor includes a gorgeous master bath with a dynamic backsplash and a glass-door shower set in its own alcove. See the results in the photos below.

The large, functional kitchen and family room continue to be an eye-catching focal point. Since my last photos, appliances have been installed, butcher block surfaces and a tile backsplash added and new cabinets put in place in the kitchen. There’s also a long, polished wood counter fronting into the family room, which now has a gorgeous engineered hardwood floor. Fabulous, don’t you agree?

Speaking of the family room, a new ceiling fan has been installed, which shows off the newly-installed wood ceiling and the accent window that brings added light into the room.

Other updates include a new look for the first floor bath. It has new fixtures, newly painted walls and a stylish tile floor.

In the formal living room, you’ll find an exposed beamed ceiling, another engineered hardwood floor and a relocated, redesigned dark wood staircase leading to the master suite.


I predict you’ll not only be impressed with the care taken on the remodel, but that, once you walk through this irresistible home, you’ll be ready to make it your own. Please get in touch with the seller’s realtor and confirm it for yourself.

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