Florentine-inspired villas are a rare find around here, especially those that feature stucco applied over structural terra-cotta bricks—a short-lived late-19th-century construction technique that is surprisingly resilient. Homes built this way are so rare, in fact, that the current owners of this 1914 Newton beauty lived next door for years, waiting for the chance to make an offer.
Now the home is up for sale once again. Its arched entryway, which showcases a Mediterranean blue-tile floor, opens onto an expansive living area with an attached solarium. The divided-light and stained-glass windows throughout add another layer of Italian authenticity. On the upper floors you’ll find a trophy room sided with African mahogany as well as sleeping quarters overlooking the property’s winding stone paths and terraces.
Address: 36 Birch Hill Rd., Newton
Stats: Five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, 5,922 square feet
Listing Price: $2,495,000
Listing Agents: Karen Kennedy and Sandra Lynch, the Kennedy Lynch Team, 617-731-4644, hammondre.com.
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