Living Large: Rooms with a View

Rachel Slade's off-kilter take on hub dwellings.

Photograph by Jim Abts

Photograph by Jim Abts

After a disappointing scouting trip to a Brookline abode I’d seen online, Realtor 
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 Brookline’s greatest real estate hits, including John Henry’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 — a Jerusalem stone entrance, magnificently carved interior doors — it doesn’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 — from the enormous sauna and the cook’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,
Stats: Four bedrooms, five full baths, one half bath, and garage parking for three cars.

Art on Demand

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Photo by Jim Abts