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Needham Homefront: Charm meets updates in stately colonial |

Needham Homefront: Charm meets updates in stately colonial

A beloved home on the market for the first time in 24 years, the classic center entrance colonial sited at 57 Parkinson St. showcases a seamless blend of timeless elegance and contemporary appeal. Its more than 4,000-square-foot living area offers original details, thoughtful updates, and a warm charm destined to appeal to the next family ready call it home.

Debbie Cerra of Louise Condon Realty is marketing this four-bedroom, three-full, one-half bath for $1,399,000.

Set on a quiet street in a desirable in-town location, this light gray clapboard home with slate gray shutters and antique white trim built in 1900 conveys a welcoming curb appeal. A freshly clipped lawn, decorative shrubbery and plantings, and rhododendrons surround a bluestone walkway. Colorful annuals perched in window boxes flank the stone and granite front steps that lie underneath the sunburst portico entrance.

Inside the home, a den opens to the right, featuring a built-in china cabinet and egg and dart crown molding.

Next to the den, the formal dining room hosts family occasions underneath a divided picture window. Abutting it, the updated eat-in kitchen features cherry cabinets, Corian counters, tiled backsplash and breakfast bar – all bathed in sunlight from a skylight. Stainless steel appliances include a Jenn Air four-burner gas range and oven, GE Profile refrigerator and KitchenAid dishwasher.

From the kitchen, a small vestibule provides access to the lengthy patio, quaint gardens and manicured landscape of the backyard.

A pantry and half-bath flank the step-down entry into the generous family room. Featuring beamed ceilings, built-ins, and a wood-burning fireplace, this warm, inviting space expands into the gracious living room via French doors. This effortless combination of common areas creates an expansive front-to-back setting for entertaining guests.

The living room features both a second traditional wood-burning fireplace and another set of French doors that open to the enchanting four-season sunroom. Bathed in sunlight from eight windows and transoms, it also features radiant-heated floors and a sitting area.

Back at the foyer, the front staircase leads to a wide, second-floor landing and its light hardwoods. Ahead, the family bath is decked out in black and white diamond-design tile, marble vanity and a tub/shower combination. A small laundry room abuts it.

The first guest bedroom at the back of the home enjoys plentiful sunlight. The two larger front bedrooms share a walk-through closet fit with a bureau and shelving. Both bedrooms have additional closets. With a nod to the extensive original detailing, all the closets are solid core-five panel design with unique brass knob fittings.

The private, king-size master bedroom is a quiet place, home to a lovely marble wood-burning fireplace and vaulted ceiling. There’s ample storage in the large walk-in closet fit with systems. In the adjacent master bath, an antique double vanity complements the Jacuzzi tub and oversized frameless shower. Crisp white subway tile and black and white floor tile provide refreshing accents.

The lower level includes an office, full bath, storage and a workstation. But it’s the home entertainment mecca that makes this level unique. Saloon doors open to a full-size, classic cherry wood bar with granite counters stretches around to set six people. Experience full service with a wine refrigerator and beer on tap within this fully outfitted wet bar setting. Play a game of pool or cards in the adjacent recreation space.

The home features a detached two-car garage, central a/c and gas systems.

Please contact Debbie Cerra of Louise Condon Realty at 617-839-0582 or for information or to schedule a showing.





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