43 Gray Cliff Road, Newton
Size: 6,154 square feet
Walking into the grand front foyer of this home, it might take a second to register the ornate organ built into the stairway, with pipes extending up to the second floor—but once you see it, it’s all you’ll want to look at. The home’s namesake and original owner, Robert Casson, was a member of a Boston-based design firm whose clients included the White House, and whose specialties included furniture and woodwork for churches. Though he didn’t build the organ himself, he did see to it that the rich wooden instrument, almost blending into the paneling around it, became the subtle centerpiece of the home.
That timeless grandeur flows into the rest of the three floors and 16 rooms. Coffered ceilings and a carved fireplace mantle gussy up the dining room, which connects to a bright and airy sunroom with red concrete floors and bright white everything else. On the other side of the entryway, the piano room shows off baroque crown molding, an opulent chandelier, and, along with the adjoining living room, a sweeping window seat. Upstairs, the top two stories play with a theme of old-meets-new. Some rooms feature a more historic feel, with oak floors and handsome paneling, while others sport bright colors, like a room with a turquoise fireplace surround and crisp white walls that make any added color pop.
Head back downstairs and outside to take a peek at the indoor pool, sequestered away in its own pool house, or to explore the nearly three acres of grounds and English gardens. Stairways, mossy brick walkways, pergolas, and archways enchant the yard, which sits within the lovely Gray Hill Historic District.
For information, contact Ilene Solomon, Coldwell Banker Realty, coldwellbankerhomes.com.
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