Home of the week: A 20,000-square-foot Andover home with an indoor pool, bowling lane and basketball court

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Boston, MA - 01/03/17 -  Basketball court.  Home of the week is a 20,000 square foot house with pool, basketball court, bowling lane, and other amenities.   (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter:  (John Ellement)  Topic: (011517HomeOfTheWeek)
The home has a high school regulation basketball court. Lane Turner / Globe staff

This story was originally published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 10.

If sitting in the bleachers at the regulation high school basketball court loses its luster, this 20,043-square-foot home has options — many, many options — to keep your interest, including a covered water slide under the balcony overlooking all the hoop action.

The slide empties into a pool with a freshwater fish tank on the walkout lower level, where the amenities give new meaning to the phrase “home entertainment.” A wave-shaped bar area flows along the left side of the room, and a bowling alley shoots straightaway along the right. There’s a hot tub, and on the other end of the space is a workout room with a padded floor and two locker rooms, each with a double vanity and shower. This level also houses a 12-seat movie theater, a wet bar, a TV/game room, a full bath, and one of eight bedrooms in this engrossing home, where the main house (built in 1999; the entertainment wing was constructed in 2003) offers more formal spaces. (The home was once intended to house a school, after all.)

From the foyer, visitors can go to the right into a sitting room with a double-sided fireplace and bookshelves or to the left via French doors into the dining room, which is rich with formality from the dark-stained wainscot and cove ceiling trimmed with more of the same wood.

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The foyer also pours into the living room/kitchen space, the focal point of the home’s open layout. In the living room, the double-sided fireplace is flanked by bookshelves on this side, too. A three-person office with built-ins is appended.

The kitchen features two islands with black granite counters, a pantry, a long closet, darkly-stained cherry cabinets, and access to the three-car garage. There is a very large commercial-grade range and a breakfast area richly bathed in sunlight, thanks to two skylights and walls of glass.

The house courses from the breakfast area down two steps into a family room focused on a large white cabinet underneath a coffered ceiling. Three sets of French doors lead to the deck, which boasts a 10-person hot tub, fire pit, and access to a putting green. Prefer to warm up inside? A corner of the family room is set aside for a stone-clad fireplace. A half bath, a full bath, and a spare room complete this floor.

A rear set of stairs leads to the master suite and a junior master with a balcony, good-sized closet, and en-suite bath. The main master offers mahogany molding, a tray ceiling, an expansive sitting area that connects to very large deck, two closets, and a double-sided gas fireplace that can be enjoyed from the tub. The master bath also has a double vanity with granite counters, cherry cabinets, a multi-headed steam shower, and a water closet.

The other four bedrooms on this floor, which share two Jack-and-Jill bathrooms, are accessed through the master or via the stairs off the foyer. There is a second-floor laundry space.

The final bedroom, found on the third floor, has an en-suite bath.

The home is on its own private road.

Jared Wilk of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. in Wellesley is the listing broker.



Style: Contemporary

Year built: 1999/2003

Square feet: 20,043

Bedrooms: 8

Baths: 9 full, 1 half

Sewer/water: Private

Taxes: $30,925 (2016)

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