If you want to feel like royalty, the majestic property in Belmont known as “The Castle” is on the market for $6,500,000.
The six-bed, 6½-bath English Revival at 89 Fletcher Road was designed by Boston architects Derby, Barnes, & Champney and built in 1935. Henry B. Jackson, a teacher at Belmont Hill School, was “granted a building permit for the construction of a brick house with an estimated value of $34,500,” according to the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System.
Set on 1.26 acres atop a hill, the four-level brick home measures 7,801 square feet. Drenched in sunlight, the property has the most intricate of features, ranging from five fireplaces and cambered ceilings to elaborate woodwork and a grand staircase.
The first floor features a kitchen connected to an informal dining area, as well as a formal dining room with a wall of windows and an elaborate ceiling. The massive living room has a coffered ceiling, and the home also boasts a sunroom. Upstairs, there is a home office; four bedrooms, including the primary suite; and a balcony overlooking the property. The third floor has extensive storage and a roomy guest suite, and the lower level provides plenty of additional space, including family and game rooms and a wine cellar. Outside, a stone patio overlooks the bucolic grounds.
The property has had five owners. It was last sold in 1991 to Dr. John Chaglassian and his wife, Hasmig. An instructor at Harvard Medical School and prominent orthopedic surgeon, John Chaglassian died last year. His son Ed has warm memories of the property’s standout features, such as “the dining room ceiling covered with fleur de lis or the arched ceiling in the living room and library that were designed to make one feel like they’re inside of a ship.”
“89 Fletcher Road is an amazing place to raise a family,” said Carolyn Boyle of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, who shares the listing with Lisa May. “The house is big but does not overwhelm. It is approachable and even cozy.”
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