On the Market: A Red Brick Brookline Manor with an Artsy, Modern Interior
Combine all the best of a historical home with a renovated, vibrant inside.
108 Ivy St., Brookline
Size: 6,342 square feet
If you’ve spent lockdown turning your condo into a minimalist masterpiece and dreaming of a tiny home, this Brookline beauty isn’t for you. Why? Because sometimes more is more, and this maximalist manor with 11-foot ceilings pulls out all the stops as it mixes history with modern, ultra-luxe details. Plus, naturally, the price tag to match.
Built in 1850, the home graces the coveted neighborhood of Cottage Farms, right on the Boston-Brookline border, close to Fenway, and with a private footpath to the nearby Whole Foods on Beacon Street. The spot fuses urban accessibility with suburban charm, offering multiple patios in the secluded oasis of the landscaped backyard.
The home might be more than 170 years old, but recent gut renovations elevated the systems to the pinnacle of modern luxury, and returned details like the period hardwood floors and fireplace mantles to their former glory. The art-filled entryway with its towering ceilings, gleaming parquet floors, and high-gloss black paint is a preview for the rest of the jewel box of a home, where fun and unexpected details suffuse the spaces.
The wide-open first-level floorplan invites the family to flow from the contemporary Italian chef’s kitchen with its massive stainless-steel topped island, glinting hood, and sleek cabinetry, and catch up over meals in the adjacent bright dining area. The nearby formal dining area combines historic details with a wink, mixing classic millwork and a marble fireplace with quirky art and wallcoverings. And speaking of wallcoverings, the living room boasts a level of off-the-wall luxe: A cashmere textile wallcovering by Italian luxury fabric and fashion brand Loro Piana.
Fashion-forward features sing from the second- and third-floor bedrooms, with vibrant wallcoverings brightening spaces in a contrast to the handsome wood floors. Playful panels of flowered wallcoverings bloom from the second-level primary bedroom suite walls, where ample closets beckon for your couture. As you soak in the free-standing tub in the spa-worthy bathroom, the subtle pattern-play of tiles in similar shades along the floor and walls lull you into a dreamy haze.
So who needs cold minimalism when this more-is-more manor also includes a wine cellar, lower-level gym, and two-car garage? Drifting off to sleep in your suite is just a little easier within the walls of this haute home.
For information, contact Maggie Gold Seelig, MGS Group Real Estate, mgsgrouprealestate.com.
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