Jamaica Plain stone house is charming
Romance and whimsy abound in the distinctive stone architecture and beckoning interior of the “Wee Stone House” at 57 Louders Lane in Jamaica Plain.
Perched atop the slopes of Moss Hill, only steps away from foot trails yet minutes from Boston, this one-of-a-kind enchanting refuge offers tranquility in a 15,000-square-foot idyllic setting.
Listed at $939,000 by Janet Deegan of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Jamaica Plain, the home features three bedrooms, three new baths, including a master, and renovations in a neighborhood known for its eclectic houses, hilly vistas and abundant green space. The home design was inspired by the style of renowned architect Ernest Flagg who designed the Singer Tower and Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Ascending the winding stone steps of the front walk is akin to entering a magical realm wooded with lush rhododendrons, red maples, oak trees and lovingly-tended gardens. The front porch, blanketed by wisteria vines, opens to a dramatic red front door and an intimate foyer with a coat closet and a door leading upstairs to the master suite.
One step up to the left of the foyer lies the heart of the home, the great room, warmed by wide wood slats on the vaulted ceiling high above six dark wood-trimmed cottage windows.
Originally designed to be acoustically sound for vocal and piano performances, it is a magnificent space, ideal for family gatherings or quiet nights in front of the fire. A built-in storage bench and wood-burning fireplace lie at one end of the room and at the other are a built-in wet bar, corner china cabinet and a bead board door leading to a private stone patio, gardens and woods.
“One of the most remarkable traits about this home is the seamless flow of the rooms from the inside to the outside that suggests an almost Zen-like connection between pristine living space and the serenity of the wooded outdoors,” says Deegan.
Nestled under the eaves upstairs is the spacious master suite, replete with four skylights, recessed lighting and built-in storage drawers, cabinets and bookshelves. Frosted glass doors grace the floor-to-ceiling custom closet space as well as the built-in shoe storage cabinet. Light from an eyelid window rests upon the “writer’s nook,” a space virtually beckoning creative thought.
Simple elegance defines the master bath. The frameless glass shower is tiled and lined with a marble floor and features a rain-head shower and spray system. Light is always plentiful with a circular window as well as one of the skylights housed here. A marble counter and vanity sit underneath two large mirrored medicine cabinets and support two counter-mounted lavatory sinks.
Stairs lead to the foyer and a wide hallway with an adjoining office and front and back bedrooms where cottage windows admit dappled light from surrounding trees. The office, with built-in dark wood storage and bookshelves, overlooks the verdant plantings in front of the home. “You see gorgeous greenery from every window of the house,” says Deegan.
A full bath abuts the newly renovated architectural kitchen. In addition to the white subway wall tiles and ceramic floor tiles, there is a stand-alone vanity and a shower/tub with window views.
The jewel of the home, the kitchen, balances modern with cottage charm. There are high-end stainless steel appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a two-drawer dishwasher and gas range, bathed in recessed lighting.
A deep stainless steel sink built into a marble counter sits underneath a gray penny-round ceramic backsplash and under-cabinet lighting. Cabinets feature glass doors, and porcelain tiles line the floor. Open the bead board back door, and you enter the rear patio.
From the kitchen, descend into the lower level to a space filled with light. A well-sized laundry/utility room with a stacked washer/dryer is off the hallway across from storage space. At the end of the hallway lies a spacious family room walled in on one side with luminescent glass brick that further accentuates the bright space.
A separate entrance leads out to the driveway, providing additional privacy. With a full bath, complete with penny-round ceramic floor tiles, marble top vanity, and a glass walk-in shower, it could easily serve as a home office or a bedroom suite. The dry heat sauna makes this space a relaxing oasis.
There are repurposed hardwood floors in the home as well as central A/C, an energy-efficient hydro-air heating system and a Sonos sound system.
Follow the wraparound stone pathway, past the private deck, archway and cozy patio of the “Wee Stone House” and become enchanted with the storied home and its charming mixture of inviting comfort, elegant aesthetics and modern high-end updates.
Address: 57 Louders Lane, Jamaica Plain
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, three baths
Size: 1,932 square feet
Age: 1926; recent updates
Taxes: $6,626 (FY 2012 with residential exemption)
Features of home: Acoustically sound great room with cathedral ceilings, fireplace, wet bar, cottage windows, dining area; remodeled kitchen with stainless steel high-end appliances and stone countertops; bedrooms with cottage windows and ample light; office with built-in bookshelves; renovated bath; master suite with built-in storage, cabinets, bookshelves, writer’s nook under eyelid window, three skylights; master bath with fourth skylight, double vanity; lower level family room with recessed lighting and glass brick wall; laundry room with stacked washer/dryer; central air and energy-efficient hydro-air heating system; Sonos sound system; gorgeous gardens, private woods, stone pathway, side deck and rear patio.
Close by: Arnold Arboretum; Jamaica Pond; walking and jogging trails; medical facilities; bike path; conservation area; public transportation.
Contact: Janet Deegan, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 713 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Phones: 617-552-4600 (office) or 617-835-0674 (cell). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An open house will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.