The gracious seven-bedroom home at 86 Arnold Road in Wellesley is the quintessential 1930s Cliff Estates garrison colonial with its timeless architecture, slate roof and classic period charm.
The 5,620-square-foot home is sited high on a lushly landscaped 0.52-acre lot, and was extensively remodeled and expanded to feature all the amenities of today without sacrificing the luxurious grandeur of an earlier era. Two additions to the 12-room house showcase a chef’s kitchen open to a cathedral-ceiling family room with a stone fireplace and doors to a patio and a fabulous front-to-back mahogany-paneled wing with two fireplaces, a sitting room, an 11-sided multi-window office, a full bar and a billiards room.
Melissa Dailey of Coldwell Banker is marketing the house for $2,425,000.
The house has lovely curb appeal with a stone wall and a bluestone walk that leads to a large square portico with stately columns and leaded glass sidelights at the front door. A beautifully crafted seven-window polygonal turret with a copper roof and a dovecote is a particularly attractive detail and adds to the charming exterior.
The architectural appeal of the home continues on the interior which features highly crafted millwork in molding, wainscoting and built-ins, hardwood floors, high ceilings, arched hallway entries and French doors.
The house has an elegant front entry to a vestibule with a marble floor and wainscoting. French doors open to a stunning foyer with a turned staircase with a graceful bannister and light from a massive arched window on the landing.
French doors open on each side of the foyer to the living and dining rooms. A through hall leads to glass door to a bluestone patio and includes a half bath. An arched doorway off the foyer opens to a gallery with access to a gourmet kitchen, breakfast room with French doors to a patio and a stunning family room to complete the excellent flow for entertaining.
The front-to-back living room is a gracious room with paneled wainscoting, a wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround and fluted millwork, and a French door to a covered bluestone porch and patio.
A door from the living room opens to a front-to-back wing with gorgeous floor-to-ceiling mahogany-paneling that offers a spectacular area for entertaining. There is a handsome 11-sided, office with seven windows with transoms, a sitting area with a gas fireplace, and a billiards room with a bar, a wood-burning fireplace, an elegant bay window with a window seat and French doors to a covered porch which has a stone ledge wall topped with a bluestone slab for seating. The custom mahogany wet bar has wraparound seating as well as a television, fridge, icemaker and a dishwasher. Bookshelves line the walls of the sitting room and continue on the wall above the open staircase which includes a second television.
The staircase leads to a carpeted lower level which expands the entertaining potential with its playroom, wine room and half-bath.
The formal dining room, to the right of the foyer, has a bay window and grand floor-to-ceiling paneling with a chair rail. There is a door from the dining room to the gallery with direct entry to the kitchen. This hallway has paneled wainscoting and leads to a mudroom with cubbies, a large closet and a door to the two-car garage as well as to a covered front entry. The hall includes a half-bath, a laundry room with a sink and two closets.
The kitchen has custom cherry cabinetry, a tile floor, granite counters and an island with seating. High-end appliances include a paneled Sub-Zero fridge, a six-burner gas cooktop by Wolf and double ovens by Thermador. There is a second mudroom off the kitchen with a door to a covered side porch, two closets and a back staircase to the second floor.
The kitchen opens to a sun-drenched cathedral-ceiling breakfast room with French doors to the patio, three skylights above a wall of windows as well as three clerestory windows on the opposite wall.
Columns border the step-down entry to a dramatic cathedral-ceiling family room with four church-like dormer windows, and a wood-burning fireplace with floor-to-ceiling stone surround bordered by built-in cabinetry and a window seat. There are banks of windows on two side walls and a staircase that leads to a lower-level playroom or au pair suite with a full bath.
The second floor has five large en suite bedrooms that include a spacious master suite off the main landing. One of the family bedrooms has a fireplace.
The carpeted master bedroom has a tray ceiling with cove lighting. It opens to a dressing room with a window seat, two walk-in closets and one single closet and a door to the sumptuous bath. The master bath has a steam shower with multiple spray heads, a jetted tub set in a marble surround in a double window, custom cabinetry, his-and-her vanities, a walk-in closet and a separate wc.
The third floor features a sunny vaulted-ceiling bedroom with a dormer window seat and a full bath.
The house has forced air gas heat, central air, central vacuum and security systems, a large unfinished basement for storage, a heated driveway and a professionally landscaped yard with a sprinkler system, stone walls and decorative lighting.
Address: 86 Arnold Road, Wellesley
BR/BA: Seven bedrooms, seven full baths and three half-baths
Size: 5,620 square feet of living space on a 0.52-acre lot
Features of home: This gracious 12-room Cliff Estates home was remodeled and expanded to offer a chef’s kitchen open to an oversize family room and a fabulous front-to-back mahogany-paneled office, sitting room with a gas fireplace and a game room and with a bar, wood-burning fireplace and French doors a bluestone patio. The spacious foyer has a grand staircase and French doors on each side that open formal living and dining rooms. Five bedrooms on the second floor include a serene master suite, and there is a sixth bedroom with bath on the third floor. The lower level offers a playroom, or a seventh guest or au pair bedroom with a full bath and a private entrance.
Close by: Upham Elementary School
Contact: For more information, contact Melissa Dailey of Coldwell Banker at 617-699-3922 direct or 781-237-9090 office or melissa.dailey@NEMoves.com. This home may be seen by appointment.