Weston's $15.6 million home sale, way too many orchids, and more musings on hub dwellings.
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Trend Overkill: OrchidsÂ
Itâ€™s getting awfully orchidy in here, eh? Parsimonious with their blooms and awkwardly angular, orchids donâ€™t fit comfortably into domestic life. So why is it that designers suddenly want to drop this plant into every room? A mantra for you: Forge your own destinyâ€¦end orchid hegemony! Repeat until the craze finally fades.
Hot Fad: Chinese Garden StoolsÂ Â While the Chinese are currently craving high-end Italian furniture, Americans (and in particular, New Englanders) are pining for chinoiserie. Exhibit A: The humble porcelain garden stool has suddenly moved indoors. The stools are fast becoming this yearâ€™s statement necklace for the living room â€” and itâ€™s good to know that when their star fades, they can roll gracefully out the door to a happy backyard retirement.
Some recession. Just the latest record to be set: Westonâ€™s most expensive property ever was snapped up at the end of March. 75 Doublet Hill Road, which sports 15,000 square feet of living space and 7.74 acres, went for $15,600,000 ($4.4 million below the list price). And who cares that the 2010 assessment was just $7,693,600? The seller was a Palm Beach cardiologistâ€¦and the buyer? A trust with a real estate lawyer at the helm. Anyone smell a subdivision?
EXCESS FOR SALE
The Big BuyÂ Â Copper-mine magnates just may plotz to see this 4,382-square-foot, parlor-level condo in Bostonâ€™s only fully executed chateaux: the Burrage House. It was designed at that precise moment at the turn of the 20th century when architectural excess was just fine and dandy (see: the Vanderbilts in Newport), but a mere five years later? Not so much. House Beautiful featured it in a 1905 column called â€śThe Poor Taste of the Richâ€ť and wrote: â€śIn this house it is not so much a question of poor taste as a lack of taste. The rooms are in no way a consistent background for the people who live within them.â€ť Ouch. Then in 1990 the property was converted into an old-age home. Now itâ€™s back as a Back Bay doublewide (55 feet of prime Comm. Ave. frontage), and it retains its epic marble work and grandiose proportions â€” which means some lucky family will chill out in a Gilded Age boardroom, cook in a glass-and-iron conservatory, and dine by the fireplace in wood-paneled splendor.
Address: 314 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Listing Price: $4,900,000. Listing agent: Beth Dickerson, 857-362-1700, bethdickerson.com. Stats: four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, two parking spaces.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2011/05/living-large-homes-in-the-hub/