3835 Dorothy Lane, Waterford

October 11, 2017 

By Melissa Tillier


Let me preface this post by letting you in on a secret: I am a TOTAL sucker for a couple things in real estate. One thing is history and the other is lake houses. The thing with history is that it has to be told by someone who knows the story. "The walls can't talk, but if they could," kind of stories.  Knowing the history and the stories that surround that home are inspiration to fill that home with your own stories. This home, which happens to be one of the first homes to be built on Maceday Lake in Waterford, was so full of stories, I could have stayed for days! The first thing you see when you pull up to the home is the original carriage house, fully updated with new lights and electrical work, complete with "wavy glass" in the windows, working barn doors on one end and a modern garage door on the other, an amazing loft space (to hold the hay for the horses, of course) and even the old outhouse. I knew this home had been loved for a long time. The work that went into restoring the windows and keeping the all of the decades of charm intact was obvious. 

A short walk up to the home, under a beautiful, yellow, hickory tree, and we entered. This room, probably once used as a sitting room, or a casual dining area, was an excellent area to possibly expand the kitchen or to use as a large mud room. 

The adorable kitchen was next door, Which just needs a little bit of love to fix some of the plaster and paint and maybe add a farmhouse sink, but with a ceiling that would make Chip and Joann jealous, and all of those hidden cupboards you will have plenty of space for all of your kitchen needs!

 Off of the kitchen is the best room in the house (in MY opinion), the heart of the home, the dining room. This is where you sit and eat, where you play cards and games by the fire or at the table when it's too cold to go outside, and sit with friends and family and just chat and catch up on life. This is where Uncle Charlie has watched over the home for so many years from his frame above the fire (sorry, he is not for sale). With the wood burning fireplace surrounded by original built-ins and  charming window seat, the little service bar that backs to the kitchen and new windows, it is a great mix of the old and the new. 

 Up next is the family room. A room that truly is large enough to hold your whole family! With great views of the lake and a comfy spot to sit, this room is sure to be one of your favorite places to just hang out and relax. Or maybe it will give you a chance to pull out the original maps of the area (one of the fun perks of owning an old home which has been in the family forever) and learn about the road which once ran along the edge of the lake, see the areas that have changed in the past century and think about how amazing it is that this home, YOUR home was there the whole time and all the things it has seen change from those days. 


There are several rooms off of the family room that complete this main floor of the home. There is an office (can also be used as a small bedroom) that has a central location in the home and great views of the lake. There is a laundry room and bathroom making laundry time convenient and also to rinse off after a day at the lake without dragging all the sand and lake water upstairs. There is an additional bedroom on this level, which could also make a great playroom, sitting area or even a sewing room or a man cave, the choice is yours! 


Up the stairs you will find the cutest loft area, two bedrooms, including the master, a large storage area and an additional bathroom. The master bedroom, with tons of windows, will be a welcome, cozy retreat after a long day at the lake. Imagine sleeping all summer with the windows open, lake breezes blowing through, and waking up on a winter morning, snuggled up with the views of the frozen lake below, this home is a vacation to a bed and breakfast without having to go anywhere! 

Speaking of the lake, I bet you are wondering when I was going to get to my other favorite feature of this home. Being an original home on the lake means it has a large lot and a premium spot for watching sunsets. From the newly built seawall you can see across the largest part of the lake, make s'mores in the fire pit, jump in and swim or sit on the edge while you put your on your ice skates. 

This home on the lake has been here since 1902. This home has seen laughter, family, love and so many days in the sun and buried under the blankets of snow. Come sit on the porch, tell some stories with your friends, make your own memories, watch the sunsets, and enjoy life in your new, old, lake house.