Home of the Week: With turreted foyer, Colonial makes grand entrance

Home of the Week
The Colonial has Victorian influences, including a turret. The two-car garage includes a studio apartment that is a town-approved rental. Lane Turner/Globe Staff

5 Brown Loaf Road, Groton

Style: Colonial
Year built: 2006
Square feet: 4,254
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3 full, 2 half
Sewer/water: Private
Taxes: $15,053 (2018)

Near the end of a cul-de-sac populated by newer homes, a humble driveway winds and rises until it reaches the paving stone courtyard of a Victorian-inspired Colonial.

A multilevel fountain graces the courtyard, and just a few feet away, broad stone stairs lead to the covered front porch and a main entry that’s a modern take on a turret. Inside, the foyer is two stories high and awash in natural light.

On the right is a dining room that boasts French doors with a flourish — half-moon tops. The Victorian spirit is here: Windows that are nearly floor to ceiling line two of the walls, which sport a thick band of crown molding and wainscot. A chandelier with candle-like lights sits in a plaster medallion much like the bar needle on a pocket compass.

To the left is an arched doorway with glistening thin white trim that leads to the formal living room. Here, and throughout the first floor, the ceilings are 10 feet high. The living room features a long window seat with white cabinetry.

Next door in the family room, the focus is a gas fireplace with a white mantel and stone surround. This space is separated from the kitchen by a granite-topped, two-tier island with alder wood cabinets and two pendant lights. The appliances are stainless steel, including the gas stove, which rests underneath a hood clad in alder wood. Alder wood cabinets line the walls. The counters are a light-colored granite, and the backsplash is stone. The flooring is ceramic porcelain tile.

The breakfast area is nestled in a five-sided room in a tower-like structure at the rear of the home. From here, a door opens to a three-season porch that runs along the back of the house and leads to a breezeway connected to the garage. Another doorway grants access to the mudroom/laundry room, which has cabinets.

A half bath with a marble vanity completes the first level, where most of the flooring is Brazilian cherry with radiant heat.

From the foyer, a wide stairwell of carpeted alder wood leads to the second floor, where there are three bedrooms and a small loft with its own stairwell, making it a sunny, private space. In the master suite, the bedroom area offers recessed lighting, thick carpet, and a gas fireplace with a green marble surround and an elaborately carved wooden mantel. One wall in the room is nearly all glass.

A set of French doors — like those outside the dining room but white — open to a 270-square-foot bath snuggled into a five-sided room. There is a multihead shower with marble walls, but the main attraction is the large oval whirlpool tub clad in marble. Above, an elegant light fixture looks like a string of pearls. The bathroom has two vanities with wood cabinets and marble counters. A door leads to a walk-in closet with built-ins, and yet another leads to a sleeping porch.

The two remaining bedrooms, each nicely sized, share a full bath with a tub/shower combination and quartz counters.

The walk-up attic is unfinished. The walk-out basement is, however, and adds 910 square feet of living space not included in the main tally. There is a half bath on this level.

The two-car garage includes a studio apartment that is a town-approved rental, and the home sits on 5.04 acres.

Kay Martland of MRM Associates Realtors in Groton is the listing agent.

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