Play’s the Thing
In a house that’s all buttoned up, behold a strikingly modern game room.
Had Jay Gatsby been a Boston man, he’d have scooped up this Brookline manse in a heartbeat. Known as the English Rose Estate, the Georgian Revival was built in 1929 for copper-mining investor Quincy Adams Shaw, a Jazz Age magnate who clearly couldn’t be bothered over such mundane minutiae as a budget. The home’s limestone entry and opulent bronze double doors open to a gold-leaf-festooned foyer, redone by John Canning—best known for restoring the starry ceiling in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Immense crystal chandeliers, meticulous woodwork, and over-the-top decorative plaster cover practically every surface in the 15,453-square-foot home, revamped by Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors and Woodmeister Master Builders in 2006. But tucked away on the third floor is a respite from all of that Hoover-era excess: an all-white, ultra-modern game room, complete with skylights, a mirrored pool table felted in candy-apple red, and a sprinkling of taxidermic hunting trophies to warn all who enter that, despite the fashion-forward palette, this is the realm of men. Ready to cue up, old sport?
Address: 39 Sears Rd., Brookline
Listing Price: $17 million
Listing Agent: Beth Dickerson, Gibson Sotheby’s International Real Estate
By the Numbers: Nine bedrooms, 11 full baths, three half baths, 10 fireplaces, elevator, outdoor swimming pool, parking garage for four cars
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Take the cave out of the man cave with these bright and bold accessories.
Teckell “90 Minuto” Wood and Glass Foosball Table › Starting at $15,900, Casa Design
“Veluto” Glass Carafe with Silver Cap › $543, Roche Bobois
Rich Brilliant Willing “Clinker” Wood and Glass Pendant Light › $2,065, Casa Design
“Corded Antler” Pillow › $490, Ankasa
Timothy Wealon “TW” Acrylic Bar Cart › $2,485, Plexi-Craft
Koi “Isola” Leather Lounge Chair › $6,290, Room