Home of the Week: Milton contemporary has inspired take on open floor plan

Buying Home of the Week Luxury Milton
The home sits on 2.15 acres.
The home sits on 2.15 acres. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

120 Governor Stoughton Lane, Milton


Style: Contemporary

Year built: 2007

Square feet: 6,800

Bedrooms: 6

Baths: 4 full, 2 half

Sewer/water: Public (well for gardening)

Taxes: $20,400 (2017)

It surely was a place to admire while on horseback in the old riding ring out front. This contemporary in which the upper level of one wing is supported by black columns that look like straws in a drink is striking on its treed 2.15 acres near Milton’s animal shelter.

A wide doorway and foyer basking in the glow of a chandelier leads to a broad stairwell and the first main floor of this home, which a Boston real estate developer built for his family. The first floor is not a series of rooms, but a collection of spaces connected by hallways and plates of glass framed by wood casements. Some of the windows are floor to ceiling, providing plenty of sunlight (or a great tableau for New England’s beautifully turbulent weather), and some extend beyond where the ceiling cuts sharply upward, creating pockets of sunshine. The ceilings also have recessed lights.

The first stopping point is the family room, which shares a space with its indispensable companion, the kitchen. In the family room area, a column wrapped in gray porcelain tile holds a fireplace. The kitchen features long counters and is designed for hosting gatherings. One counter has an induction cooktop and sits below a wall of the same gray porcelain tiles. A 14-foot-long counter of a creamy-white engineered material provides seating for at least 10, a warming tray, and cabinets with a quartersawn-oak veneer stained a dark brown. There are no upper cabinets to disrupt conversation. The sink is in a separate third counter in front of a window with a great view of the front yard, making dishwashing almost a welcome task.

On one side of the kitchen, a hallway leads to a dining nook, a half bath, and doors to the backyard. On the other side of the kitchen, a hallway passes by a pantry and a desk/office area with a coffee bar before emptying into a living room with a fireplace and doors that open to a three-season porch.

The flooring throughout most of the first main floor is polished concrete with radiant heat. On the second floor, it is mostly hardwood and porcelain tile. In the right wing on the second floor, you’ll find two equally sized bedrooms, which share a full bath, and the master suite. The master has a large bedroom area and two doorless walk-in closets visible only when you round a corner. The suite’s full bath features an oval air-bubble tub, a shower, and a double vanity that is an echo of the kitchen cabinetry and counters. (This is true of in all of the full baths.)

Getting to the guest wing requires going down a long hallway past one of the coolest features of this house: a deck with the home’s third and final fireplace. The spot overlooks the front yard and public lands that connect to Blue Hills Reservation.

On the second floor, the guest wing offers two bedrooms and a full bath and a laundry. A half-level down, there’s bonus space with a deck and a half bath. The ground level of this wing has a bedroom with a full bath. The space, currently used as a playroom, offers access to the backyard, a playground for adult and child that includes a sheltered patio, a hot tub, and a play structure with a slide.

The entire house is warmed by a Buderus radiant-heat system. The walkout basement is unfinished and has 9-foot ceilings and large windows. The home also offers an attached two-car garage.

Jackie Rooney of Rooney Real Estate in South Boston is the listing broker. His website is

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