9 Everett Ave., Winchester
Size: 4,800 square feet
Inspired by two decades of living in France, the current owner of this exquisite Winchester residence has one key design principle: “Enjoy and cherish the original features of a house, but anywhere there’s hygiene—like the kitchen or bathroom—make it modern and easily cleaned.” It’s a golden rule that not only comes in handy during a health crisis when we’re sanitizing everything constantly, but at all times for achieving a breezy balance of modern and classic.
Through the leaded French doors, the foyer is covered in original woodwork and quarter-sawn oak floors. Peer through the doorway to the left, where stained oak beams section off the perimeter of the ceiling and purple iridescent glass tiles jazz up the fireplace surround. Take that hint of violet and carry it around the house with pops of purple as the sellers have, or let the lustrous tiling stand alone as a centerpiece.
Head to the kitchen to see the contemporary style take over. A bright white, easy-to-clean countertop adorns the central island, which is half rectangular prep space and half rounded breakfast bar. As for that floating disco ball directly about the glass cooktop? That’s actually a glittering range hood, imported from Italian brand Elica, that functions as both a light fixture and an extractor. It comes apart in three pieces and, along with the carbon filters, you can toss it all into the dishwasher to clean. Along the far edge of the kitchen, a bay window with a cushioned seat adds a small dose of cozy to this ultramodern room.
In fact, the best part of every space throughout the home might be the sunshine that pours through the many windows—which glints off the shiny new additions and sinks into the handsome original woodwork. That, and the views of Upper Mystic Lake to enjoy from each front-facing room.
For information, contact the Penney Gould Team, Compass, penneygould.com.
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