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THURS, OCTOBER 26TH: 5:00-6:30PM
SUN, OCTOBER 29TH 11:30-1:30PM
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Positioned proudly at the top of East Emerson, this striking c.1908 Colonial Revival, built for Mr and Mrs George Jepson, offers a majestic setting with its sizable frontage and hidden back oasis. Perfect location for those seeking a big house with dream outdoor space walking distance to downtown, schools, restaurants, coffee spots and commuter rail. The “Wow” bonus is in the details. All those hidden gems that make a home grand: mahogany in-lay floors, gleaming natural woodwork, expansive windows, extensive moldings, stained glass, pocket doors, a widow’s walk and generous room proportion.
Thoughtful stewardship has preserved this beauty which has become an iconic show-piece. Featured on the Victorian Melrose House tour, visitors are enveloped by a comfortable grandeur upon entry. Gracious entertaining space starts at the center reception hall boasting a gorgeous bridal staircase and balustrade all illuminated by the top floor stained glass window allowing natural light to flow.
Harmonizing the center entrance structure of the Colonial style with the gorgeous detail of the Victorian Era, the paired main gathering rooms on either side feature Palladian windows and full pocket doors with glass centers, a nod to true elegance.
Entertain in style and envision your soiree, fund raiser, holiday gatherings and romantic evenings in this special home. As the saying goes, “They don’t build them like this any more” because the craftsmanship and detail bare astronomical costs. Note the beautiful bay window seat, extensive built-ins surrounding the centered wood-burning fireplace with full mantle and brick hearth in the living room. The formal dining room features a plate-rail atop gorgeous 3/4 Golden Oak paneling, paired built-in china cabinets, fireplace, framed bay window and pocket door. The original butler pantry segues into the updated kitchen with granite, dark cherry cabinetry, Jenn-Air ovens, gas cooktop, amazing light and a morning room to boot.
The first floor office holds the facade of the original wall-safe as well as fireplace. The first floor is rounded out by the screened porch, a lovely place to unwind at the day’s end or enjoy morning coffee as the bird’s sing their symphony.
The second level hosts 5 bedrooms as well as a sitting room, two baths and thoughtful storage throughout. The center front sitting room, graced by pocket doors and a large window is illuminated beautifully and can become a cocoon for those lovely winter afternoons, while also offering access to two bedrooms to create a suite.
The master bedroom hosts a fireplace as well as deep closet and adjoining bathroom with original claw-foot tub. Period moldings and detail continue through this level, and the generous windows allow for gorgeous natural light to stream throughout the rooms. The original billiard room adorned by built-in billiard racks, now a fabulous family room, is found on the top floor and offers multiple window seats and lots of storage. The third floor is rounded out by another suite with sitting room, full bath, kitchen and bedroom, allowing for extended family or perhaps au pair to have private space.
The owners have meticulously maintained this beauty: 3 zone gas heat in 2012, roof in 2016, interior perimeter French drain, electric, chimney repointing, exterior paint, landscaping and sprinkler system. The fenced backyard features two separate gathering areas and boasts mature plantings and arbor way, reminiscent of a country home. This Belle of the Ball awaits your gatherings and welcomes your inspiration. Sited within the lower East Side ring, this property offers excellent access to major routes, bus, train, schools, Ell Pond, and Melrose’s bustling downtown shops, boutiques and cultural activities. We invite you to experience this fabulous Colonial Revival that integrates the architectural high-style details of the turn of the century with the scale and spaces desired by homeowners today.