18th century Norwalk home with ties to U.S. founding father listed for $819K

Connecticut is home to several houses that date back to colonial America. Built in 1785, the home on 116 Murray Street in Norwalk is no exception. 

Listed for $819,000, the three bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom house still has features dating back to the 18th century, despite the three different phases of construction, according to Coldwell Banker listing agent Mary Noonan. The home was once owned by Jonathan T. Adams, a shoemaker who later became a butcher. 

“He was said to be a cousin to Founding Father John Adams,” said Noonan on the home’s history.

The house was also rumored to be visited by Marilyn Monroe and her husband Arthur Miller while visiting Miller’s movie producer friend, who was renting the house, according to information provided by Noonan.

The entrance to the home on 116 Murray Street in Norwalk, Conn. 

The entrance to the home on 116 Murray Street in Norwalk, Conn. 

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The Murray Street home features many original details that have been maintained over the 237 years. Starting at the front door, there is an 18th century lock and key. The front door leads into a living room that is lined by the original hand-hewn beams and hand-forged nails, Noonan added. There is also an original fireplace on the outside wall of the room. 

The living room leads into the modern kitchen and dining room. The red, two-seater island and original wide-plank flooring compliment the all-white kitchen. The adjoining dining room features a blend of modern finishes and original details, such as the original exterior of the living room.

“The homeowner went to extraordinary pains to retain the original siding and restoration-era glass,” Noonan said in an email. 

Also on the first floor is an office with wide-planked floors from the 1820s. A sunroom, two bathrooms, a bedroom and a bonus room that is currently used as a second office round out the first floor.  

The second level has a bathroom and two bedrooms, both with walk-in closets. The listing agent described the walk-ins as “generous,” noting that spacious closets are a “rare commodity in antique homes.”

The home sits on a 0.64-acre lot with a separate three-car garage, shaded deck and potential area for a pool, according to the listing.

The house at 116 Murray Street is located in the Cranbury neighborhood of Norwalk. The area’s 06851 ZIP had a 24.3 percent increase in home sales between May 2021 and May 2022, according to national real estate brokerage Redfin. The median price for homes in Norwalk is $550,000. 

The 116 Murray Street home is listed by Coldwell Banker Realty and is presented by Mary Noonan (203-820-6279).