On the Market: An Immense 19th Century Colonial in Wellesley
The compound is complete with a putting green, tennis court, three-bedroom carriage house—and romantic backstory.
67 and 65 Longfellow Road, Wellesley, MA
Size: 9,454 square feet
An illicit relationship. An ambitious politician. A missing will. A small town called Claytonville.
With the exception of a bucolic New England setting, these are not features of this impressive residence itself, but plot devices employed by its original owner, romance novelist Emilie Loring. The Boston native penned her first and last books here, though she also spent two decades living in a Beacon Hill apartment.
Over the years, Loring built the worlds of some thirty works including the love triangle mystery How Can the Heart Forget? and the grief-fueled redemption tale The Solitary Horseman. Today, the Loring Estate offers nearly two acres of exquisite Wellesley land, including a seven-bedroom home, three-bedroom carriage house, tennis court, and putting green.
Though not the main attraction, the carriage house is one of the property’s gems. Built as a barn in 1883, sunlight now pours through the windows and French doors of the gazebo-style living room, which opens into a clean-lined kitchen with a breakfast bar.
In the main house, a trio of pendant lights hangs from the eat-in’s coffered ceiling, right above a grand kitchen island. The chef’s kitchen comes outfitted with nifty features like a double oven and a pot filler faucet. The dining table sits under a gorgeous wooden circle of ceiling that also mimics a gazebo, surrounded by windows that complete the effect.
The rest of the home follows suit in interest and luxury. Dormer windows jut out from the gambrel roof, creating beams of light in the upstairs bedrooms. Cathedral ceilings, a unique T-shaped shower, elegant wainscoting, and original diamond-paned lead windows are among other features that set the home design apart. And then there’s the basement gym and wine cellar. It may not be Claytonville, but this vast and alluring estate offers all the escapism you could need.
For information, contact Amy Mizner, Mizner Simon Team, sothebysrealty.com.
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