Living Large: Rachel Slade's Off-Kilter Take on Hub Homes
A nature loverâ€™s retreat in the heart of Brookline and more.
Splendor in the Grass
Photos courtesy of Landvest
Hereâ€™s a nature loverâ€™s retreat in the heart of Brookline: more than three acres of verdant knolls, mature trees, a friendly little brook, and views of Sargent Pond, complete with a pair of resident swans. After a recent $1 million renovation, the circa-1960s abode now features a sizable (and on-trend) kitchen complete with a full-size Sub-Zero freezer and refrigerator, a hunting-lodge-themed family room, and plenty of smaller updates. The 5,152-square-foot homeâ€™s layout is a bit challengingâ€”it could benefit from a partial interior reconfigurationâ€”but thatâ€™s easily overlooked when you consider the lush landscape. Another possible attraction for buyers? Regular invitations to swanky soirees hosted by John Henry and Linda Pizzuti Henry, thanks to a shared property line.
On the Market
Address: 88 Cottage St., Brookline
Listing price: $5.75 million
Listing agent: TerrenceÂ Maitland, Landvest, 617-357-8949, landvest.com
Stats: three bedrooms, four baths, one half bath
As Newbury Street began to devolve into a chain-store morass, preservationists became increasingly worried about the future of the Civil Warâ€“era Boston Society of Natural History building (formerly home to Louis Boston) on the corner of Boylston Street. Thankfully, new tenant Restoration Hardwareâ€”a.k.a. the Sears catalog for the iPad setâ€”has made a mission of restoring the crumbling icon to its original grandeur. The new showroom is slated to open in early spring.
The Boston Design Center could soon boast the -second-largest rooftop garden in the worldâ€”55,000 square feet, to be exact. It all hinges on whether Higher Ground Farm can raise the $350,000 needed to get the required infrastructure in place.Â higher-ground-farm.com
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/home-design/blog/2012/12/26/living-large-2-2/