The former Sandwich Village home of a Boston television icon is for sale, and few may guess by looking at the majestic structure that it was a historic barn hauled in from a different state.
Tom Ellis and his widow, Arlene, once owned 4 Lookout Lane. Tom Ellis, whose career in broadcast news spanned four decades, died in April. He was 86.
Listed for $1,479,000, the four-bedroom, 3.5-bath, post-and-beam home offers 4,048 square feet of space with high ceilings and windows that span two floors. The property has two master suites, including a new one on the first floor.
“The property is an old barn that was stripped down from Vermont, brought back to the Cape, and restored,” said the listing agent, Doug Azarian of Kinlin Grover Real Estate.
But getting the barn from Williamstown, Vermont, to the Cape wasn’t as easy as loading it onto the back of a truck and hauling it across state lines. A team carefully took it apart, placing the pieces onto flatbed trucks. When it reached Sandwich Village, they rebuilt the barn in its early 19th-century glory, according to an e-mail from Regan Communications Group on behalf of Kinlin Glover.
“One of the things that people won’t realize is that it’s kind of double-built,” Azarian said, “so the barn structure was put back up and then … a newer home was built around it. There’s a lot of insulation between the walls. [It is] just a very solid home with all the original character of a Vermont barn.”
The home’s white oak floor was taken from the attic of a Connecticut home dating back two centuries, the e-mail said. There’s also a free-standing studio that served as a post office. That, too, was deconstructed and rebuilt on site.
The first floor features high ceilings and a “very large” back-to-back fireplace, according to Azarian. The fireplace helps to give a sense of separation in the home’s open-concept design.
“Because it was a barn structure, and just one big structure, and then a second floor was put in, the windows on the outside actually expand from one floor to the next,” Azarian said. “It’s a nifty little feature that you just don’t see in a lot of homes.”
Outside, the home has a deck accessible from a couple of patio doors on the first floor, according to Azarian. There are also balconies off the third- and fourth-floor bedrooms.
“The house really opens itself to the outside,” he said.
The three-car garage is heated, and there’s a loft above it that could serve as storage, a children’s playroom, or other uses, he said.
The property also offers future building opportunities for the next owner: It’s 2.9 acres can be split into three legal building lots, according to Azarian.
The property is within walking distance to downtown Sandwich, he said, but it is very private and has served as a retreat.
Even with the modern upgrades, the home’s character remains. The owners added features to celebrate its history, including a light fixture hanging over the entrance that is shaped like an ice cube and pick, according to Azarian.
“They just liked the flavor of horse properties and barns and rolling hills, and they were able to re-create that right here in Sandwich,” he said.
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Correction: Because of a reporting error, a previous version of the story misidentified the owner.