Two luxurious properties have just hit the market in Belmont and Norwell, each offering prospective buyers a distinctive home with spectacular features in a prime suburban location.
“This incredible house was built in 1913 by prominent Belmontonian, Winthrop Louis Chenery, and has a truly fascinating history”,” says Coldwell Banker’s Lynn Findlay, listing agent for the property at 36 Hillcrest Road.
Designed by Belmont native H. Thaxter Underwood, the home once housed a sisterhood of nuns, fondly known in the neighborhood by their respective roles. ”There was the Driving Nun and the Cooking Nun,” says Findlay, who notes that the home’s orientation used to provide for frontage onto Common Street, a now much busier thoroughfare than in the early twentieth century. “The location on one of Belmont’s premier streets is ideal,” says Findlay. “Everything in downtown Belmont is very accessible from this exquisitely charming neighborhood.”
The 6700-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, four full baths, and two partial baths, providing plenty of space for families and friends to gather. The current owners, who have been in the house for more than twenty years, have preserved the historic home’s integrity, including a ground floor pub that was initially constructed just before WWI with authentic elements imported from Britain. The pub houses one of the home’s three working wood-burning fireplaces; the other two enhance the front-to-back wood-paneled living room and expansive second-floor primary suite.
The rooms are grand, but not cavernous, says Findlay, giving the property a truly warm and inviting feel. “This is a “Father of the Bride” kind of house,” she says. “You can just picture a daughter or son descending the beautiful main staircase for the morning of their wedding. The home just feels very special.”
Completely renovated in 2017-2018 by the restauranteur owner, 10 Kings Landing is an entertainer’s dream home. Originally designed in the mid-eighties by a renowned local architect, Campbell Smith, the home is a “totally re-imaged private retreat on 2.7 lushly landscaped acres,” says Poppy Troupe, Sales Associate with Coldwell Banker Realty in Norwell. “This stunning home feels contemporary because of the gut renovation,” says Troupe, who points out that the original high ceilings, the superbly redone and professionally outfitted kitchen, spa-worthy baths (including hydrotherapy tub and aromatherapy steam shower in the primary ensuite), and a reconfigured floor plan create an unparalleled atmosphere of space and refinement.
In addition to the four spacious bedrooms, a skylit living room, and an enormous dining room, this magnificent custom home includes a media room, home gym, a wine cellar (stocked with fine curated wines for the buyer), a “zen” room, a home office, and a separate flex space in the recently climatized fourth garage bay. “ This could be a second home office or an amazing kids hang out,” says Troupe. “The space has direct access to the outdoor fire pit and stone patio, so it has so many possibilities.”
The house is situated in a prime location close to the North River. “The neighborhood is wonderfully wooded,” says Troupe, “ but it is just a short walk down Kings Landing to the marina, where you can dock your boat.”
With a six-zone heating, three-zone central air system, and five fireplaces ( four wood and one propane), the home provides ultimate comfort and coziness while still exuding an aura of sleek modernity. “I can’t say enough about this spectacular home,” says Troupe. “The primary suite is absolutely gorgeous with a spacious walk-in closet, a Juliet balcony, and a deck overlooking the breathtaking backyard.” Two other en-suite bedrooms include their own separate lounge areas, and the chef’s kitchen reflects the current owner’s occupation. “The bright and spacious kitchen has high-end appliances, an oversized island, and Quartzite countertops,” says Troupe, “It really is a remarkable property.”
Text: Lisa Cavanaugh