On the Market: A Darling Victorian Home in Melrose
From stained glass and a marble fireplace to an open layout and top-of-the-line appliances, this single-family is the perfect fusion of old and new.
132 Vinton St., Melrose
Size: 2,581 square feet
Old homes and new builds each have their own charms, but this one has both. Built in 1870, the single-family claims the front porch appeal of a Victorian and has seen some changes over the years, such as dropped ceilings in the ’70s to save on heating. Then, in 2017, an extensive renovation brought those 10-foot ceilings back to their original glory while also injecting some 21st-century style in the form of an open floor plan.
The goal, says the listing agent, “was to preserve as much of the original beauty as possible while allowing for modern living.” The previous owners even installed new handmade stained glass windows to replace the aging ones. You can spot the rounded, blue-tinged panes in the sitting room, which opens through a wide doorway into the family room. There, you can cue up your latest Netflix binge and admire another old-and-new pairing—a round pendant light fixture from Restoration Hardware and an antique brick and marble fireplace.
The kitchen, on the other hand, has been fully modernized. A sizable marble island extends for barstool seating, and a combination of open shelving and clean-lined cabinetry as well as high-end appliances round out the room. The recessed and under-cabinet lighting helps the room shine, but three tall panels of glass inundate the space with sunlight. And, since one of them doubles as a door for direct deck access, outdoor dinners have never been so effortless.
For information, contact Kim Covino or Ngoc Goldstein, Leading Edge Real Estate, leadingedgeagents.com.
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