Living Large: Milton Calling
Rachel Slade's off-kilter take on hub dwellings.
Photo by Tyra Pacheco
â€śGo westâ€ť has always been my Boston-area real estate mantra. Clearly, I couldnâ€™t go east, and settling north or south of the city seemed, well, cumbersome. In hindsight, I had unwittingly taken up the mantle of provincialism that is so prevalent hereâ€”even natives scratch their heads when they hear the name of a town outside their regional comfort zone. All of which is to say that Milton completely escaped my radar, and what a pity that it did. Yes, itâ€™s at the lower end of Blue Hill Avenue, and yes, itâ€™s somewhat dependent on I-93 south, but that hasnâ€™t kept Abby Johnson and Governor Deval Patrick from seating their families there. In spite of their wealth, these two and (now I know) countless others canâ€™t pass up a good deal, something Milton offers up in spades. The cherry on top is this 1920s Georgian manse: Solid as a draft horse and elegantly grand, itâ€™s one of the finest residences Iâ€™ve seen in many moons. The 12,169-square-foot abode boasts a sexy black kitchen, two generous living rooms with very different characters, a coffered dining room, and an exquisite oval staircase topped with a sky-lit cupola. Oh, and did I mention the formal gardens? Most bedrooms are en suite and still have the original fixturesâ€”a rarity these days.
ON THE MARKET
Address:Â 582 Blue Hill Ave., Milton
Listing Price:Â $1.825 million
Listing Agents:Â Dan Walsh, 617-515-4717; Matt Freeman, 617-797-2001; Coldwell Banker, 60 Adams St., Milton, newenglandmoves.com
Stats:Â Six bedrooms, nine baths, three half baths
Rule Your Roost
Missing essential home-ec skills? Enroll in Heather Schmidtâ€™s Homemade Modern school. The former chef/baker and her instructors will teach you how to administer first aid to Fido, can veggies, and turn a chicken into a weekâ€™s worth of meals (youâ€™ll never buy a plastic-wrapped tray of thighs again, she says).
201 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-564-0095, citychicksboston.com.
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