This Victorian was built at the turn of the last century — exactly when no one can agree — but a down-to-the-frame renovation has created what the listing agent has dubbed “Modern Queen.”
“Everything that you see there is custom. … It looks period, but everything there is new,” said Philip Garfinkle of Philip Garfinkle Realty. “It was a two-year labor of love.” He should know. His father, Steven, and his older brother, Jacob, were the builders behind the rebirth of 152 Waban Avenue in Newton.
The home still sports the original front door and part of the original framing, and the old granite foundation was cut and re-cast in the stone piers that now flank the driveway entrance, marrying the old and the new.
It took a lot to create the six-bedroom, 6.5-bath home that stands there today. The framing, including the chimney, was lifted off the foundation and moved 40 feet, Philip Garfinkle said. His family’s company, Encore Builders LLC, poured a new foundation and an expansion, and then moved the house back into place. “The home doubled in size in terms of square footage,” Garfinkle said. It’s on the market for $5,200,000.
Highlights of the new version include a movie theater with a 123-inch screen, tiered leather seating, and a concession stand; custom millwork; a climate-controlled wine cellar that can fit 1,000-plus bottles; a veranda with an indoor-outdoor fireplace and a kitchen; a game room with a bar; more than 80 new windows; a gym with mirrors and impact flooring; white oak floors; a modern kitchen with an island that can seat seven comfortably; a butler’s pantry; two laundry areas; ceilings that are 9-foot-2 to 11-feet high, even in the attic; and smart-home technology.
“No space was wasted. It’s very thoughtful and comprehensive,” Garfinkle said. They “try to do something that is beautiful, impactful, but not ostentatious or tacky.” Encore worked with LDa Architecture and Interiors on the project.
The 0.35-acre lot features custom stonework and professional landscaping. The two-car garage is attached and sports a cupola topped with a weathervane.
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