An arched doorway is the portal into this home in a hilly Melrose neighborhood so beloved by residents that the owners of this house are moving their growing family only across the street.
Once past the doorway, a foyer awaits. To the left is the dining room, with a chandelier, chair rail, wainscot, and the original glass-front china cabinet built into a corner.
Off the foyer to the right is the living room, a space focused on a red-brick fireplace with a wood mantel and a gas insert. The room also offers crown molding and lots of sunlight from sets of windows on two walls. Adjoining this space is the library, which features built-in bookshelves and windows overlooking the broad deck and the small potted-flower-lined backyard.
See inside 20 Brown Street in Melrose:
A tidy breakfast nook for two demarcates the library from the kitchen, which has a gas oven, gray-granite counters, white solid-wood cabinetry, and stainless-steel appliances. There is a half bath off the kitchen.
Ceiling height on the first level is 8 feet, and the flooring throughout the home is refinished oak. All of the windows have been updated.
A set of wide oak stairs leads to an intermediate landing brightened by natural sunlight from two square windows, one used to shelter an air conditioner. Guided by curving wooden railings with newelpost caps of carved pyramids, a flight of just three more steps leads to the second floor.
The three bedrooms radiate off a hallway that appears to mimic a small letter “H” on its side, the letter’s ascender points to the left, toward the full bath with white subway tile accented by a narrow strip of black at eye level.
The three bedrooms arc off the stems of the “H,” including the master, which is positioned in the front of the house and has two deep closets. The two remaining bedrooms are roughly the same size, offer good-sized closets, and have two windows each. Have even more things to store? The hallway has a linen closet and a walk-in closet.
The ceiling height on the second level is just under 8 feet.
The basement offers a carpeted family room with drop lighting and a built-in desk, a shower-only bath, a laundry room, and an area with a classic wooden workbench.
The owners share a driveway and garage with their neighbor; each home gets a lane and a bay.
Nancy McLaughlin of Redfin Corp. in Charlestown is the listing broker. As of press time, an offer had been accepted on this property.