This Colonial’s backyard is the Charles River

For residents in Newton’s Islington Peninsula neighborhood, the Charles River is their backyard. And this slate-roofed Colonial comes with its own dock. Inside, the spacious living room has a large fireplace with wooden mantel and its own porch. The kitchen is rectangular and has honey blond custom cabinets of maple and plenty of counter space. Food is handed through a window into the formal dining room with glass-front built -in china cabinets. Dining can also be done outside on a wooden deck overlooking the backyard and the Charles, or in the enclosed sunroom. The sunroom also has an office with custom maple desk with river view and a half-bath.

The bedroom on the second floor is spacious and has a seating area, bath with shower, and a large deck. The updated main bathroom has a soaking tub underneath a bank of windows with river views. There is a separate shower. A second bedroom has a large closet. The final bedroom is in the rear and it has its own bath. Main floors throughout the house are oak. The house and grounds need some freshening. Rare for Newton, the house is on Title V-approved septic. There is a one-bedroom in-law with kitchenette and full bath in the basement. Listing brokers Ilene Solomon and Diana Haywood of Coldwell Banker in Newton are holding an open house Sunday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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