On The Market: 33 Leicester St., Brookline
This home looks like a classic colonial, but the moment you step through the doors and past the columns, it’s transformed into a remarkably contemporary residence. “From the outside it’s your traditional colonial semi-mansion,” Gibson Sotheby’s listing agent David DeMarco, “but with the acreage it just makes it a really quiet, private estate.”
One of the oldest structures on Fisher Hill, the home was originally constructed from a barn moved from the historic Hyslop Estate. Converted to this magnificent home by prominent architect A.F. Law in 1920, the finishing details were added in 1926 when the home was expanded again.
The kitchen has been masterfully redone just this year, and the only places that could use some updates are the bathrooms on the second floor, which, while nice and functional, retain many of the dated features of the colonials, and could use some modernization to match the main floor. The rest of the house has an exceptionally fashionable feel, “It’s so contemporary it’s like a New York loft,” DeMarco says.
The fantastically large rooms are perfect for entertaining, and a continual flow runs smoothly through the home. The grand foyer runs directly into dining room, which then opens into the living room, and out onto the expansive deck. On the deck, overlooking a professionally landscaped backyard, is a cedar Asian tea house, the perfect place for a calming breakfast retreat or an elegant dinner setting.
An already coveted neighborhood in Brookline, Fisher Hill is in the process of making the Fisher Hill Reservoir Park—a 10-acre recreation that area should be done by next summer—bringing even more attraction to the area.
33 Leicester Street, Brookline
Year Built: 1895
Living Area: 4,916 square feet
Bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half
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