On the Market: A Spanish Ambassador’s Residence in Milton
Ivy-covered stucco, a red clay roof, Spanish tiles, and Portuguese stained glass? It's hard to believe this home is less than 10 miles from Boston.
510 Randolph Ave., Milton
The original owner of this home loved it so much, he wanted to live in it twice. Relocated to Milton for work, in 1919 the former Spanish Ambassador to the U.S. decided to replicate his Madrid residence right here in Massachusetts. The result: A sprawling stucco construction topped with a clay roof, and brimming with ceramic, arches, and Spanish imports. And as cold as all that tile may sound, there are distinct fireplaces in half of the home’s 12 rooms.
Born as it is of 100-year-old homesickness, the home does feel like a step back in time—and into another culture. Vibrant works of stained glass commissioned from Portugal appear throughout the house, one of which features Don Quixote, according to the current owner. The interior walls are all textured with horsehair plaster, which is especially striking in the deep turquoise bathroom, where the vanity is made of South American hardwood and the ceramic sink basin is from Spain.
Even updates that were thought up long after the ambassador left fit in perfectly with the grand design. The curved kitchen ceiling has been outfitted with raised wooden panelling that highlights the multiple skylights, and the room sports a TurboChef double oven, giant island, and a Viking range. But the billiard room is probably the manse’s most notable addition. Built in 2003, this entertainer’s paradise boasts a full bar, pool table, and plenty of room for lounging and dancing, all enclosed by stained oak woodwork and red walls.
Outside, a guest house, in-ground pool, and grass tennis court grace the grounds, as does a veranda with an outdoor kitchen adorned with hand-painted Spanish tiles repurposed from the original kitchen. And while you’re out there, take in the view of the red-tiled roof and beige stucco walls crawling with lush ivy—it’s hard to believe you’re less than 10 miles from downtown Boston.
For information, contact Kevin Keating, Keating Brokerage, keatingbrokerage.com
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