On the Market: 240 Somerset St., Belmont

This LEED-certified Polaris House aims for the stars.

Photo by Timothy Bartlett

Photo by Timothy Bartlett

Address 240 Somerset St., Belmont
Listing price $3,450,000
Stats Five bedrooms, three bathrooms, 4,500 square feet
Listing agent Duncan MacArthur, ePlace, 617-648-6014, eplacehomes.com.

Conceived by Boston-based architect Bob Augustine, the eccentric Polaris House, located in a wooded area of Belmont across from Audubon Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, was painstakingly designed to interact with nature at every turn. To wit: The top-floor bedroom features a skylight deliberately placed to point at the LEED-certified property’s namesake, Polaris—a.k.a. the North Star—and solar collectors on the reflective white roof serve as a water heater. Add in quirky design elements like a kitchen finished in high-gloss burnt-orange lacquer and a towering, zinc-clad central rotunda that mimics the silos on New England farms, and you have a home that’s unconventional in all the right ways.

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