On The Market: 83 Elm Street, Jamaica Plain
Even the owners could not have imagined that the somewhat dilapidated home that they bought into would become the internationally curated masterpiece that it is today. About nine years ago, this home was extensively restored thanks to the owners, who brought in elements from around the world. “The owners refinished all the elements of this house as much as possible before they did any modernization,” says Prudential Unlimited Realty listing agent David Hannon.
This was only the second home built in the Sumner Hill Historic District, and shines with Italianate style characterized by details like cornice brackets, two-story bay windows, and paired round arched windows, all of which remain after the renovations. “They have kept much of the flavor of the property intact, while updating some of the items,” Hannon says.
It would be impossible to concisely describe the full range of unique pieces in this home that range from Egypt and Germany to Spain, Provence, and back. Kojiro Tomita, a curator of Asiatic works at the MFA, convinced previous owners to go to Japan, where they even brought back a traditional tearoom from Kyoto and installed it in the home.
Walking through the kitchen is taking a trip to France, with floor tiles from a French castle, accented with a departure to Mexico on hand-painted tiles. These all sit beneath a ceiling with beams from an antique barn in Salem. The three-oven range is highlighted by Turkish tile and wood salvaged from a shipwreck off Gloucester. Pieces from Provence and the United Kingdom round out the home, along with a blend of custom and refinished original cabinets.
The beauty continues to the outdoors with a forest-style landscaping, requiring less maintenance and watering for a more environmentally efficient design. “It’s a really peaceful place to be,” says Hannon of the home that has incredible privacy, but is located just two blocks from Monument Square.
83 Elm Street, Jamaica Plain
Living Area: 6,330 square feet
Year Built: 1854
Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 half
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