On the Market: A Sprawling Newton Estate with a Secret Underground Passage
Did we also mention this home comes with an elevator and not one, but two pools?
301 Waverly Avenue, Newton
Size: 12,437 square feet
Bathrooms: 8 full, 3 partial
The Hopewell House in Newton looks impressive enough from the outside alone. A main house and a carriage house with a heated nine-car garage comprise the 12,000 square foot property, which was built back in 1920 by famed architect George H. Sidebottom. With tan roman brick and a red tile hipped roof, the house is a classic Colonial Revival that holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. But this home is anything but outdated. With a sauna, indoor pool, and an underground passage, it has all the comforts of this century, more than 100 years after it was built.
Let’s start with the main house. With nine bedrooms, eleven bathrooms, two dining rooms, and a library, this building could be considered the heart of the property, offering ample space for entertainment or quiet recreation. Its leaded glass ceilinged sunrooms, five fireplaces, and custom millwork throughout add a bit of flair across the four floors of living space. And did we mention you’ll have your own elevator to get between floors?
That’s not the only way of getting around the house. The property also boasts a carriage house accessible from the lower level of the main house through an underground passageway. This leads to the lower level of the carriage house, which has an apartment with two more bedrooms and bathrooms.
Somehow, the underground passageway isn’t even the coolest thing about the lower level of the main house. Head back through the passageway and find an indoor swimming pool in the other wing with an adjacent sauna. Part of the home when it was first built, the pool is done in an art deco style that’s sheer Roaring Twenties fun. Lest you feel your options are limited, there’s also another swimming pool outside along with a clay tennis court.
For more information, contact Janvrin Demler, Coldwell Banker Realty – Newton, coldwellbankerhomes.com.
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