Listed: For $1.24m, a cliffside castle-like home in Franklin

The 4,496-square-foot home dates to 1920 and has 11 rooms. Glasshouse Media

A Franklin home with a medieval look has hit the market for $1,249,000.

Perched on a cliff, 1 Summit Road is known by locals as “The Castle,” said Dave Rappa of Better Living Real Estate, a Franklin native who has listed the property with wife Marcie Rappa. 

“It’s always had kind of a bit of mystery surrounding it,” Dave said. “The way it sits on the parcel, you drive by on the main road and you see the back of the house, and that’s where it really looks like it’s up on a cliff. It really does look kind of imposing.”

The 4,496-square-foot home, which dates to 1920, was built by a doctor and his wife who vacationed in France and fell in love with the house they stayed in there, he said. When they returned, they tried to re-create it here.

The stone, brick, and clapboard-clad mansion has 11 rooms, including four bedrooms and a space with its own entrance that the owners used as an office, a convenient (and private) addition for anyone working remotely. 

The property also has 3.5 bathrooms, including one of a more contemporary design with a tub-shower combination behind a glass sliding door and a skylight, as well as a vintage-style tub-only washroom with two windows and bead-board wainscoting. 

Much of the first level offers striking hardwood floors, trim, and baseboards, which are tall.  The twisting staircase, which Dave said is made from rare gumwood from the Philippines, leads from the first floor all the way to the third and has spacious landings at every level. 

The kitchen features modern updates, including an island with a cooktop, track lighting, and a pellet stove. The adjoining dining room features three arched doors that open onto a veranda with a hot tub and a view of the woods along the back of the property.

The home also has five wood fireplaces, three of which were recently cleaned and capped, Marcie said, perfect for staying cozy in the large rooms. The home has air conditioning but not central air. Recent improvements were made to the plumbing, sewer line, electrical, boiler, and oil tank, according to the listing. The home was also painted inside and out, a generator hookup was installed, the driveway was repaved, walls were repaired and replastered, and a new roof was put on the garage.  

The 1.26-acre property includes a detached two-car garage and sits on a private road. In a cleared, wooded area, the current owners set up a fire pit, chicken coop, and tree fort, Marcie said. 

“This house is at one of the high points in town, sitting well above any other property,” Marcie said. “From the master bedroom the sunrises are amazing, and the sunsets from the kitchen window are gorgeous on the other end.”

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