This Spanish Mediterranean Colonial isn’t what one expects to see in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton.
From the terra-cotta roof to the grand portico, 152 Suffolk Road feels more West Coast than Northeast.
“There’s a real sense of arrival when you get to this home because of that portico,” listing agent Manuel Davis of Advisors Living said.
The home was built in 1904. “The primary focus was preserving the century-old wood paneling, and the period detail on the main level and several custom mantels only,” Davis said in an e-mail. “The rest of the home can be considered built new.”
Built in 1904, the expansive estate was meticulously renovated and restored over about three years. Emphasis was placed on preserving as much of the property as possible, Davis said.
The historical commission was adamant that the terra-cotta roof be restored to its former glory. Only one company could match the tiles, Davis said, the one that sold the original material at the turn of the last century.
Though the estate retained many of its early features, it also got a modern upgrade. It now has all-floor elevator access, a sauna, an exercise room, and smart-home technology throughout. “It blends so magnificently throughout the home — you really can’t tell what’s old and what’s new,” he said.
Since it was initially built as a summer home, the property had only a kitchen in its service quarters. It now has two: a main kitchen and one more suited to catering.
The master suite features French doors, custom closets, a kitchenette, a marble tile bath, and a parapet that overlooks the courtyard.
The home’s lower level houses entertainment space, an au pair suite, and a wine cellar that can hold 4,000 bottles.
Despite the home’s stature — all four floors and 14,109 square feet of it — Davis said the space still feels welcoming and intimate.
The estate has seven bedrooms, eight full and four half baths, six fireplaces, and a three-car garage. It sits on 1.6 acres and is on the market for $12,000,000.
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