This story was originally published in The Boston Globe on January 31.
Sometimes it pays to be open-minded. The current homeowners adopted that approach and removed the false ceiling above the dining room, revealing a visually dramatic space — a cathedral ceiling framed by the home’s original exposed beams. An octagonal window is positioned just below the ceiling, allowing sunlight to fill the space, and a pellet stove only adds to the warmth.
The dining room is a winner, but the front entry is the first attention-grabber. The owners enclosed the front porch, creating a space for conversations and a good perch to watch stormy weather. The heavy wood front door with the bull’s-eye medallions in its frame hint at the pretty woodwork to come, and the stained glass in the sidelights illustrates the owners’ attention to detail.
The first-floor master is just off the front hallway. The room is large enough that a four-poster bed and dresser do not overwhelm the space.
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The hallway flows into the living room, where the furniture is oriented toward the rear wall and a set of large windows overlooking the backyard. To the left is an alcove that houses an exercise bike and a flat-screen television.
To the right of the living room is the aforementioned dining room. The kitchen, one step up from here, has a textured-plaster ceiling. The laminate counter is shaped like an U, with the end closest to the dining area set up as two-seat breakfast bar. The appliances, which include a gas stove, are white. The cabinets are a dark honey blond.
The home’s sole full bath is off the kitchen, and the flooring throughout much of the first floor is oak hardwood, most of it original to the home.
The home has a steep stairwell in the front entrance. Two equally sized bedrooms flank the landing and a walk-in closet. Now used as an office and media room for the empty-nester owners, the bedrooms have new wall-to-wall carpeting. Other updates include blown-in insulation and the roof.
The basement is unfinished.
The fenced-in backyard is flat with a grassy play area. The yard is designed for folks who like to host parties; there is a two-tier deck, a stone grill, and a firepit.
The freestanding barn has parking for one car, a small workshop, and a hay loft.
The home, which sits on 0.38 acres, is only minutes from the commuter rail station in Holbrook, Route 24, and the bus stop.
The listing agent, Janet L. Baxter of Jack Conway, Realtor in Abington, will hold an open house on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Year built: 1900
Square feet: 1,438
Baths: 1 full
Taxes: $4,024 (2016)