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A Look In and Around the Most Beautiful Estates on the Market Right Now

It’s natural for every New Englander to dream of the perfect estate. Like Thoreau strolling the grounds surrounding Walden Pond, we want an idyllic space where we can enjoy the outdoors without any of its harsh demands. The best Boston estates offer that idyll and combine it with a house that has everything you could want.

We’ve rounded up our favorite examples on the market right now. These homes, with both contemporary features and plenty of character, are as beautiful inside as out. So let’s take a look inside and around the most stunning Boston-area properties for sale.

204 Ridge Street, Millis

This brilliant tree-lined estate has natural stone walls, an ivy-covered exterior and a carriage house and barn set on more than 7 grassy acres, home to seasonal blooms and plantings. The long drive to the house, culminating in a beautiful circular driveway, offers privacy despite the property being located only 30 miles from Boston.

Inside, the home offers historic grandeur with seven fireplaces, high ceilings, unique flooring and numerous wall paintings. The best features of contemporary living blend seamlessly with tradition throughout three finished floors. A front foyer leads to a step-down living room, a formal dining room, and a paneled gentlemen’s library. A renovated eat-in kitchen with top appliances and space to create and entertain is supplemented by a breakfast room, wet bar and butler’s pantry.

A curved staircase leads to the second floor landing, with five bedrooms including the master suite. A finished upper level offers a gym, rec room, more bedrooms and two new baths.

30 Hedgerow, Westwood

An expansive greenspace, broken only by a wide driveway and an elegant walkway, is perfectly framed by paneled windows throughout the home. Pass through the front double doors, and you’re entering into a perfect example of modern home design. Past the curved staircase in the foyer is a front office, formal dining room, and an expansive chef’s kitchen with oversized Subzero and Wolf appliances and a large island for gatherings and large breakfasts. A family room with a fireplace, stone walls and a wet bar leads to a private backyard and deck, with even more views of the Blue Hills.

The second floor has four spacious en-suite bedrooms and a laundry, and the exquisite master suite has a double-sided fireplace, a sitting room, large walk-in custom closets, and a luxurious bath. The full daylight basement makes for a perfect gym with a game room, media room and bath. Throughout, the house’s contemporary features make for an ideal, energy efficient everyday environment, as it is smart wired, and has irrigation and maintenance free exteriors.

56 Farm Lane, Westwood

You can feel immersed in nature and live in one of Boston’s most popular neighborhoods at the same time with 56 Farm Lane. The home is surrounded by flowering trees, with stone walls and new fencing on the property making for a classic pastoral feel. The professionally landscaped lot with a fabulous gunite pool and cabana create a sense of luxury.

Inside, Old World charm combines with modern conveniences. A foyer welcomes you into a sitting room with a fieldstone fireplace and a formal dining room that overlooks the grounds. An open updated kitchen has an island and stainless appliances, making for a great gathering spot that leads into a breakfast room with fireplace. A bright open family room offers views of the backyard and includes French doors to the patio area. A mudroom area contains the laundry and a powder room with the garage. A first floor office also opens up into a side entrance.

Upstairs, the second floor has four bedrooms, plus a master suite with a fireplace. A large bonus room with a wet bar sits above the oversized garage.

375 Westfield, Dedham

This home beautifully blends the outdoor environment with contemporary design. Sited on a hill, it overlooks Weld Pond and conservation land. At the entrance is situated a rock waterfall and a Koi pond, and natural stone enhances the home throughout, combined with a contemporary floor plan and feel (the home was redone from 2008 to 2011). The coffered ceilings, hardwood floors and two-story master suite offer a touch of grandeur.

The first level has a family room with a stone fireplace, a dining room with a fireplace, and a large open island kitchen that opens to the outdoors. Downstairs are two guest bedrooms and a gym and office. On the second level, there’s a guest suite, and the master bedroom has a sitting room, office, multiple closets, and a deck for magnificent views. A new sound system and Lutron lighting is included throughout, while the garage has a loft for a studio. A built-in carriage house complements the home.