Luxury Home of the Week: A Brookline Victorian with dramatic tile and a synthetic turf yard

Buying Home of the Week Luxury Brookline
The kitchen island is 14 feet long and topped with quartz. Kerry Howell Photography

The dormers and mansard roof all signal Victorian, but beyond the cheery yellow double doors, this circa 1900 Brookline Victorian is a synergistic mix of modern and period styles.

Offering four bedrooms, two full baths, one half bath, and 4,269 square feet of space, 91 Francis St., our Luxury Home of the Week, has hit the market for $3,250,000. Benna Lynch Rondini of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate has the listing.

Hardwood flooring and spectacular Moooi ball lighting add warmth and drama to an interior that is sleek — with clean lines, statement tile, tall baseboards, and crown molding under ceilings that reach up to 13 feet. The black-and-white cement tile in the kitchen sets a playful tone other spaces in the home emulate. The kitchen — which shares an open layout with a dining area that has built-ins — boasts a quartz-topped, 14-foot-long island at its center that seats five, smooth-front cabinetry, a door to the mahogany deck, and a pass-through with glass shelves to the family room. A wall-to-wall workstation offers an unobtrusive place for children to do homework within view —and earshot — of the kitchen.

The dining area opens into a family room with a new wood-burning fireplace and exposed dark beams — a pleasing contrast to the white walls found throughout the home. Natural light pours in through a myriad of windows. All of the windows in the home are new, as are the staircases, baths, and the plumbing, heating/cooling, and electrical systems. The floors in the kitchen, baths, and mudroom have radiant heat.

A stairway with oak treads and rails and glass sides leads to the second floor, which houses all four bedrooms. Neutral cement tile offers a blank canvas in the master suite. The walls of the adjoining bath are clad in white subway tile; the flooring, however, is a gray-and-white cement tile with a design that may be a nod to the Southwest. The space also features a floating dual vanity, a shower with a frameless-glass door, a soaking tub, and a water closet.

The master bath features a floating vanity. —Kerry Howell Photography

The second bedroom also has an en-suite bath, but this one is accessible from the main hall. The third bedroom offers a loft that can accommodate a queen-sized mattress.

A spiral staircase leads to a walkout lower level with doors to the patio.

A 650-square-foot space that has a separate entrance has been plumbed and is ready to finish, Rondini said. That square footage is not included in the main tally.

The yard of the 0.22-acre property boasts no-maintenance synthetic turf and off-street parking for five vehicles.

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