Much admired in the neighborhood for its stately presence and striking two-story front columns, the Greek Revival style house at 402 Linden St. offers the best in urban-suburban convenience, rich architectural detail and a sun-filled open interior.

A plaque from the Wellesley Historical Commission attests to its 1848 origins and honors the first owners, the Shaw and Livermore families.

Betsy Kessler of Rutledge Properties is marketing the 3,552-square-foot house on a 0.45-acre corner lot with a large level side yard for $1,425,000.

Located within walking distance to Wellesley Hills train, restaurants and shopping, the house is also convenient to Linden Square, Wellesley Center and schools.

The current owners have been stewards of the four-bedroom house for nearly a half-century, and describe it as a great family home. When they first saw the house the husband was impressed by the fluted front columns with Ionic-style capitals and the broad covered front porch, while the wife loved the flowing floor plan with oversize windows that fill the rooms with natural light.

The grand covered front porch is a wonderful place to sit and watch the world go by from its elevated vantage overlooking Linden Street. Double glass-front doors in satiny wood are framed by beautiful molding with a triangular pediment that is repeated in the window lintels of the white house with black shutters. The brick walk leads down a flight of steps to a stone wall with an iron front gate which adds to the curb appeal of this distinguished home.

The high ceiling foyer features a gracious staircase and a though hall to the family room with pocket-door entries to the living and dining rooms, a half-bath and closet.

Lovely millwork in door casings, baseboard and crown molding, solid wood doors with glass doorknobs and gleaming hardwood floors are featured throughout the house.

The living room and dining room, paneled in walnut, provide a large open-concept space for entertaining and wonderful floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the rooms with natural light. The focal point of the room is a striking wood-burning fireplace with a tapered plaster angled chimney and a white brick-like rough stone base.

A door from the dining room leads to the kitchen past a sunny side entry to the driveway.

The updated kitchen is fresh and inviting with cherry Shaker style cabinets with custom pull-out pantry shelves, granite counters and newer appliances by sub-Zero, Jenn-Air, Bosch and Kitchen Aid. A back staircase leads to the second floor and the kitchen opens to a sun-drenched breakfast room with a desk alcove, a large pyramid skylight and glass doors to a deck overlooking a big level side yard.

A mudroom off the kitchen offers pantry space, laundry and a door to a storage room off the back of the one-car garage.

The family room flows from the breakfast room and has a wall of built-in cabinetry and a floor-to-ceiling window as well as a door to the foyer hallway adjacent to the formal front rooms which creates a good flow to the first floor.

A window on the main staircase adds natural light to the second-floor landing where there are two bedrooms, an office and a full bath with a double vanity and a separate room for the tub/shower and wc. A door opens from the landing to a hallway with a window that includes a second full bath and leads to two additional bedrooms and the back staircase.

The master bedroom is a sunny corner room with four oversize windows and two closets. One of the family bedrooms has a wall of built-ins that includes a desk and shelves as does the corner office which has wraparound counters with desk space and shelves.

The basement is unfinished.

The house has gas heat and central air. The yard has a sprinkler system.



Address: 402 Linden St., Wellesley

BR/BA: Four bedrooms, two full and one half-baths

Size: 3,552 square feet of living space on a 0.45-acre lot

Age: 1848

Price: $1,425,000

Tax: $15,502

Features of home: This 10-room home is noteworthy for its prominent two-story columns and its historical significance as the Shaw-Livermore House. The open floor plan is filled with natural light from large windows, and features hardwood floors and distinctive millwork throughout. An open living and dining room are paneled in walnut and separated by a pyramid-shaped wood-burning fireplace, the updated kitchen has cherry Shaker cabinets and granite counters and opens to a family room and a breakfast room with a skylight and sliders to a deck. A large mudroom/pantry/laundry off the kitchen has a door to a storage area which opens to the one-car attached garage. The second floor offers four bedrooms that include a spacious corner master, two full baths and an office with built-ins. The level back yard has a fenced dog run. Walk to town, train, schools.

Close by: Sprague Elementary School

Contact: For more information, call Betsy Kessler of Rutledge Properties at 617-306-6884 direct or or 781-235-4663 office. This home is shown by appointment.