This home feels like a giant dollhouse, with informal and formal rooms in a variety of sizes and shapes, and on multiple levels. Architecturally it is both antique and modern. Its history explains the patchwork of old and new: In 1996, the former owners, who ran a nearby nursery, relocated the original 1870 farmhouse from across a field and placed it on a new foundation. They then gave it a total makeover. The current owners purchased it in 1999 and updated it again recently.
The contemporary kitchen serves as the central part of the home, with antique rooms on one side and on the other modern rooms that keep unfolding. The front, older section includes French doors to formal living and dining rooms, multiple bay windows, built-in china cabinets and narrow hardwood flooring.
The newer areas include a spacious, white kitchen with modern appliances, and a family room with columns, fireplace, surround sound, and French doors to a large deck. Both the older and newer sections include crown molding and door and window trims. Upstairs, a 24-by-19 foot master bedroom suite with massive marble bathroom attaches to a sitting area large enough to double as a bedroom. Several other bedrooms are off a hallway that leads to a window-lined upper porch and playroom above the main wrap-around porch. There are front and back stairways.
Adding to the dollhouse affect are multiple designer paint colors, and wallpaper designs in the older sections. It is in perfect condition inside. Outside is a designer pool, hot tub, sculptured grounds with Japanese Maples and cherry trees, and three-car garage with a loft. Brokers Dottie Felch and Cookie Melanson of Century 21 North Shore will hold an open house today from 1-3 p.m.