A Victorian by the Charles River in Natick

Built along a languid stretch of the Charles River, the back of this house opens to views of the water, where blue herons, wood ducks, and geese are regular visitors. Windows line three sides of the dining room/family room on the first floor, looking out over a yard that’s more than an acre and has 200 feet of river frontage.

“Everything points toward the view,” said listing agent Bruce Hauck of Hauck Properties. The house is separated from busy Eliot Street by a tall wooden fence, and the front door opens to a central staircase, flanking a large living room, 30 feet long, on one side. The formal room has large windows and one of the house’s two fireplaces. On the other side of the house, a small den leads into the renovated kitchen, with a brick fireplace and cherry cabinets.

The second floor holds three bedrooms and a fourth room that could be another bedroom.

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The land was originally part of the Rev. Stephen Badger farm, and later bought by Curtis Broad, who built the two-story house. The house was later owned by a Wellesley College art professor, who built a studio in the attic. The attic studio has been turned into another floor of bedrooms, with a large playroom and the house’s fourth bathroom. The top floor is less formal, with many rooms covered in pine paneling.

KATHLEEN BURGE

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