Living Large

By Rachel Slade | Boston Magazine |

Peddling History   In this age of oversize rooms and acres of drywall, it’s easy to forget that the rich once tolerated homes under 10,000 square feet. There was, in other words, a time when architects scaled spaces to the human rather than the hippo. Case in point: 73 Seaver Street in Brookline, a magnificent 6,050-square-foot, six-bedroom home built in 1893 atop Fisher Hill. A furniture appraiser inhabited the late Victorian for more than 40 years, enhancing every room with carefully selected period wallpapers — like the pattern in the foyer by Augustus W. N. Pugin, who designed the Houses of Parliament at Westminster. Well-positioned windows, plentiful built-ins, and lush landscaping (peep the Japanese garden) will make this a welcoming home for someone who appreciates fine things in nicely proportioned packages. And to the buyer who lacks interest in history: Look elsewhere. >> Address > 73 Seaver St., Brookline. Listing Price > $3,500,000. Listing Agent > Susan Piracini, Cornerstone Partners, 617-933-8895, Stats > Six bedrooms, four and a half athrooms, five fireplaces.

Pocket Critic   Not quite a building, but more than just a roof, the Harbor Islands Pavilion (which opened on the Greenway in June) boasts solar panels, LED ferry schedules, and a curvy concrete topper. It’s a morsel of 21st-century architecture — which may be all this city can handle. >>

Service du Jour  
Doctors don’t make house calls anymore, but this shoe repairman does. Ring up George, and within an hour he’s at your door to collect ravaged stilettos. He’ll rehab and return them two days later for just $9 to $12 a pair (including pickup and delivery). >> George’s Shoe Repair, 124 Union Park St., Boston, 617-970-3836.


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