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History and luxury meet at single family home in JP
and passageways waiting to be explored. High ceilings, elegant chandeliers, beautiful leaded glass, decorative wall sconces, signature filigree balusters, large bay windows and a grand arched doorway are only a few of the exquisite facets that enrich each room.

The resplendent foyer embraces several inviting doors and a beautiful staircase – leading to the decision of which room to experience first. Notice the coat closet door, complete with skeleton key - one of many skeleton keyholes found throughout the home.

Off to the left side are two rooms separated by back-to-back fireplaces. While one of the rooms draws the mind back to a genteel time when guests were received in a formal parlor, complete with a built-in library and a cozycushioned reading nook near the fireplace, the other room with a large window seat creates a cozy den for informal gatherings. The woodburning fireplaces add warmth and ambiance to any occasion.

Beautiful-turned balusters on either side of the spacious entryway to the formal dining  room, found on the right side of the foyer, is only the beginning of what awaits inside this capacious room: a beautiful bay window complete with wavy glass, decorative wall detail and much more.

“The detail work… here and throughout the home… is spectacular,” Rushton said.

Several delightful surprises are found in and  adjacent to the kitchen that has all the modern conveniences one could want in addition to flourishing touches such as a tin ceiling, stainless steel appliances, stone and granite counter tops and cherry cabinets. There is also a space carved out for a dinette set to enjoy informal meals.

An oversized island shares its space with a five-burner gas cooktop and an additional wall oven, multiple cabinets for storage and a breakfast bar with seating for three.

In a nod to the historical period, the original butler’s pantry with plenty of cupboards and  sideboards sits adjacent to the kitchen, ready to be of assistance with a formal dinner.

French doors open to a generous patio with room for a large table, chairs and a grill.

With multiple areas to gather and graze – whether formally or informally – this home is not only a cook’s, but also a host’s dream come true.

The second floor holds the three-room master suite that runs the length of the front of the house and includes an enormous fire-placed sleeping area, a luxurious bathroom and a separate dressing room.

Four large windows allow natural light to fill the bedroom while bathroom amenities  include radiant-heated flooring, two separate sinks and an over-sized glass shower.

The spacious dressing room, with access from the bathroom, has six extra tall wooden cabinets – one of them mirrored – for all clothing, footwear, accessories and more.

The two additional rooms on this level are spacious and versatile and could be used, for example, as children’s rooms, guest rooms, an office and/or a hobby room. The bathroom has a tub-shower with marble tile and radiantheated floors.

The third floor could be used as a private guest suite with two bedrooms and a threequarter bath. Wide pine flooring sets this level apart from other areas in the home.

“The home has a wonderful feel to it,” Rushton said. “You can have a large family and fill all the bedrooms or use … a bedroom as an office space. Even though it’s a fairly substantial house it doesn’t feel overwhelming.”

The separate antique carriage house still holds stalls for the horses used back in the  days before automobiles and is currently used as a one-car garage and storage.

With a large driveway as well, four cars can easily fit inside the gated area with more side street parking nearby.

Lest one thinks this home built so long ago means lots of extra monthly repairs and costs – think again. “The home’s been updated with modern conveniences,” Rushton said.

High efficiency heating throughout, central air conditioning and original period windows that have been updated through the years give peace of mind that the home is not only well planned but also energy efficient.

Soundproof windows and insulation on upper floors create a tranquil oasis – no noise from outside to interfere when a peaceful, quiet evening or a restful night of sleep is desired.

The list of other amenities that this home  boasts is extensive, including a full unfinished basement with laundry room, first floor powder room, copper gutters, period slate roof, professionally landscaped yard and a lawn irrigation system.

The owners can enjoy the many outdoor spaces the home has to offer such as a farmer’s porch, a patio and a fenced-in yard that creates privacy and solitude.

While this home is close enough to the city to reach all Boston has to offer, such as Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts and Berkley College of Music, it is also in a perfect location near the Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Pond, lots of biking paths and walking trails, for the suburban feel many desire.

Living at 1051 Centre St. means the best of both worlds for the next homeowner.