Souter Trades Farmhouse for the 'Burbs

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2009 10:37 AM CDT
Flowers begin to bloom at the farm house of US Supreme Court Justice David Souter in Weare, NH, Friday, May 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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(Newser) – It’s a charming, rustic home, a colonial-era farmhouse that’s held generations of Souters. Until now. David Souter is trading the dirt road for the cul-de-sac, ditching his family home in favor of a 3,500-foot abode in the posh suburbs, the Concord Monitor reports. The reason? "He said there was just so much weight from the books, it would be too much for the house to support," says a friend.

The former justice coughed up $510,000 for the cape cod, and though he answered the door there, he says he still hasn’t moved in or met the neighbors. “I think he'll like it here,” said a woman who lives down the street. “He seems to have played the role of being a somewhat private person. . . . Hopkins Green is a very pretty, very quiet place.”