Living Large: Rooms with a View
Rachel Slade's off-kilter take on hub dwellings.
After a disappointing scouting trip to a Brookline abode Iâ€™d seen online, Realtor â€¨Deborah Gordon offered to take me on a journey to Chestnut Hill to check out 25 Moorfield Road. Along the way, we saw some of Brooklineâ€™s greatest real estate hits, including John Henryâ€™s mother-of-all-McMansions and the 20-plus-acre estate owned by the ex-wife of Lotus founder Mitch Kapor. The final destination was a breath of fresh air. The home may be 8,298 square feet, but thanks to cleverly scaled rooms and plenty of custom touches â€” a Jerusalem stone entrance, magnificently carved interior doors â€” it doesnâ€™t feel cavernous. Gordon guessed that with the cost of the land, the owners sank about $12 million into building out the property, and it shows â€” from the enormous sauna and the cookâ€™s kitchen to the California-style landscaping. Nearly every room has a bucolic Hammond Pond view, making it the perfect spot for a staycation. Because with the monthly $28,000 mortgage payment, who could afford to travel?
Address: 25 Moorfield Rd., Chestnut Hill.
Listing Price: $6,995,000.
Listing Agent: Deborah Gordon, Coldwell Banker, 617-731-2447, newenglandmoves.com.
Stats: Four bedrooms, five full baths, one half bath, and garage parking for three cars.
Art on Demand
Calling all armchair curators: Now you can buy prints and original artwork from museums and galleries nationwide on artspace.com. ICA enthusiasts can start with a $5,000 limited-edition photo of the museum under construction, or snag a print from famed tattoo artist Dr. Lakra, who showed there in 2010. artspace.com.
Wondering what happened to Obamaâ€™s Vineyard hangout, which went up for sale in September? Well, the Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark sold in November to British starchitect Lord Norman Foster and his wife, Elena Ochoa, a Fulbright-winning art-book publisher. Perhaps Foster fell for New Englandâ€™s charms while working on the recent MFA addition?
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