On the Market: A Splashy-Meets-Classy Victorian in Newton
A home theater, clerestory windows, and a kitchen mural offer a whimsical surprise.
258 Mount Vernon St., Newton
Built around 1872, this Newton Victorian proves that one of the most impactful ways to update a home is to slap a fresh coat of paint on it: Saturated hues of burnt orange, deep indigo, and lime green jazz up several rooms in this dwelling. One of the most creative instances of colorful flair can be found on the kitchen ceiling, where the owners commissioned scenery painters from the Huntington Theatre Company to recreate a blue sky with puffy clouds. Accented by golden yellow walls and Brazilian cherry floors, the eat-in looks like a perfect summer day all year long.
When the weather matches the kitchen design, head through the mudroom to the pool house, which comprises an office, gym, and bar with a curved counter. A small man-made waterfall feature feeds into the in-ground pool itself, which is surrounded by a heated patio, an adjacent hot tub, and a stone and granite fireplace.
Inside, one of the residence’s most impressive features is not an original detail, but a 2005 renovation. A clerestory—the tall walls with high windows often found in churches—leads into the airy living room, epically framing the stone fireplace and creating a vaulted ceiling that supports a pair of suspended ceiling fans.
Another, more modern update: a home theater on the basement level. Complete with surround sound, an eight-foot-wide screen, and quirky carpeting, the room is indiscernible from your local cinema—except in this one, you can sit on your own couch and eat food that isn’t popcorn and candy (if you really want).
For information, contact Debby Belt, Hammond Residential Real Estate, hammondre.com
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