Home of the Week: Cabinets replace bedroom closets — and it’s a win

Home of the Week
173 Aspen St. was built in 1935 and sits on 0.12 of an acre. Pat Greenhouse/Globe staff

173 Aspen Road, Swampscott

Style: Colonial
Year built: 1935
Square feet: 1,440
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2 full
Sewer/water: Public
Taxes: $7,147 (2018)

It’s a common practice to name houses in coastal communities like Swampscott. Perhaps the sobriquet for this single-family home would be “Nicely Done,’’ given the changes made during the owner’s 14-year stewardship.

One has to walk through the gate in a white picket fence to reach the front door and the main entry. To the left of the entry is the living room, which is a rectangular comfort zone — spacious, sunny, and welcoming. There is a working fireplace with a wooden mantel, multiple updated windows, and high ceilings.

To the right is a surprisingly large, and sunny, shower-only bath that serves double duty as the mudroom. The shower has a subway tile surround, and the room is designed with a porcelain tile floor that has a barn-wood look, bead board walls, an illuminated mirror, a single vanity with a high-gloss white cabinet, and a separate, tall double cabinet for coats.

The kitchen has undergone an IKEA makeover, but it’s not like one you’ve seen on display at a store or pictured online. In its center is a five-sided island with a white quartz top and a downdraft gas range. The cabinets are extensive — with high-gloss white for the uppers and a brown-striped wood grain for the lowers. The appliances are stainless steel.

The sink sits along the rear wall, flanked by counters and positioned in front of a plate-glass window overlooking the flat backyard of this 0.12-acre lot. In place of the usual backsplash, the kitchen offers a rectangular window under the cabinets. A door off the kitchen leads to a deck.

To the left is a comfortable dining area with a spiral light fixture.

A carpeted stairwell leads to the second floor, which houses a full bath and arguably the most distinctive design feature of this home — bedrooms with cabinets in lieu of closets. The hallway even gets into the act, with a cluster of white cabinets so unobtrusive they could be mistaken for a wall.

The master bedroom features a three-piece set of cabinetry, including a window seat flanked by dresser-like storage. There are two windows and recessed lights. All of the bedrooms have hardwood floors.

One of the secondary bedrooms offers built-in bunk beds with trundle storage and an alcove. The final bedroom comes with two windows and a collection of cabinets.

The full bath on this level has been updated. The shower/tub combo, which sits behind clear-glass doors, has a dark porcelain tile surround with a glass tile inlay and multiple shower heads, including a rain shower one. The single vanity is a porcelain bowl atop high-gloss cabinetry. The flooring is ceramic tile.

The basement is not finished, but it houses the laundry setup and and a multipurpose room.

The property also comes with a paver patio and a freestanding garage with a workbench.

Coleen McAdam of Leading Edge Real Estate is the listing agent. At of press time, an offer with contingencies had been accepted on this property.

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