On the Market: A Vast Needham Colonial with a Stunning Solarium
Once owned by a famous American artist, the home also has a spiral staircase reclaimed from the Boston Athenæum.
150 South St., Needham
Size: 5,107 square feet
After mostly hibernating through the winter, New Englanders usually rely on the spring to replenish our sunshine-starved complexions. But these days, even though the trees are starting to blossom, we’re staying inside and popping Vitamin D supplements at our work-from-home setups. Thankfully, this Needham stunner includes a room where you can sit and still soak up those blissful rays: Adjoining the dining room, a solarium boasts floors with radiant heating, to keep you toasty despite the glass walls and ceiling. As impressive as the crystalline structure itself, is the fact that it was shipped from England in one piece. Our advice? Fill the haven with houseplants, and station yourself by the windows with river views (yes, the property includes 200 feet of Charles River frontage).
The English sunroom isn’t the only piece that was imported specifically to adorn this home. In the living room-meets-library, also filled with windows, a dozen built-in bookshelves blend in with dark wood wall panelling, which was reclaimed from a home in Beacon Hill. Multiple pieces came down from Vermont, including leaded glass windows in the office and a decorative fireplace mantle in the truly enormous master suite—which, by the way, contains a dressing room with a whopping five closets. There’s even another sunroom that features a spiral staircase originally belonging to the Boston Athenæum, which winds upstairs to a private studio.
Once part of the family compound of the Needham-born artist and illustrator N.C. Wyeth, this elegant Colonial might just bring out your creative side. What better time than now to get started on that project you always hoped to get around to? If nothing else, for families fortunate enough to be social distancing as a group, the ten rooms, five bedrooms, and 5,000 square feet provide plenty of places to go to get out of each other’s way—and come together later in the day.
Note: LandVest is offering virtual tours and safe tours. This property is currently vacant, and no one has been inside since the beginning of March, so agents can offer safe tours with face masks and gloves.
For information, contact Greta Gustafson, LandVest, Inc., landvest.com.
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