A rare Spanish Mediterranean Colonial in Newton is historic in more ways than one.
The seven-bedroom, early 20th-century mansion at 152 Suffolk Road in the city’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood closed on Feb. 5 for $9,900,000, a record for a single-family home in the city, said listing agents Manuel Davis and Kristy Ganong of Boston Realty Advisors. Only one other home has sold for more than $9,000,000 in Newton — and it’s right down the street. In 2014, 32 Suffolk Road went for $9,500,000, according to The Warren Group, a real estate analytics firm and publisher of Banker & Tradesman.
“I don’t think early on, when we listed the property, that we thought about whether or not the motivation was to be breaking records. I think the size of the home lends itself to a significant purchase price,” Ganong said in an interview. “But I also think, everyone who stepped foot in the home notices from the moment you walk in the attention to detail that was committed to here.”
Davis said developers Alex Bushoy and Alex Zelfond restored the terra-cotta roof using tiles made by the same company that sold the originals more than a century ago — the only manufacturer that could make them. Balconies that had been removed over the decades were reintroduced.
The home, which dates to 1904 and boasts a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, also has modern flair: including a sauna, an exercise room, elevator access to all floors, and smart-home technology.
According to Davis, the home, initially a summer retreat, had only one kitchen when developers purchased the property in 2017. The property now has two on the main floor, he said.
“It’s really unique how they envisioned and re-imagined how graciously they could rebuild into a tasteful palette,” he said.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has driven home sales in the suburbs, Davis said the buyers, already Newton residents, showed a keen interest in the property before the health crisis took hold and shook up the market.
“They are a couple, I think, who anticipate entertaining a lot in the future,” Davis said. “This house certainly lends itself to that lifestyle.”
Julie Harrison, the senior vice president at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty in Boston who represented the buyers, said her clients, who work in private equity, searched in Newton, Brookline, and Back Bay but couldn’t find what they were looking for.
“They just kept going up higher in price range because they wanted more amenities,” Harrison said. “And they also wanted larger square footage, and so that ended up being one of the things that was really important to them … and the location.”
Harrison said she wasn’t surprised by the record-setting sale given the home’s grand size.
“The inside of the house is just stunning,” she said. “I mean, I don’t know how else to describe [it]. It’s just beautiful.”
The lower level of the home includes an au pair suite, entertainment space, and a wine cellar with enough storage for 4,000 bottles.
Elsewhere in the 14,109-square-foot home are eight full and four half baths, six fireplaces, and a three-car garage.
“It is one of the most spectacular homes that you can imagine,” Davis said.