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Carriage house renovated with style in Newton

By Jenifer B. McKim
October 16, 2011

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This historic 1905 West Newton home was once the carriage house and gardens for Boston philanthropist George Frost, who made his fortune selling undergarments and whose generosity helped start Suffolk University Law School. The four-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath house is located down a long narrow driveway off busy Highland and Chestnut streets and gives visitors a sense of quiet, surrounded by mature trees, a stone wall, and well-kept gardens.

The front door leads to a renovated kitchen that celebrates the old and the new: A double-sided brick baker’s fireplace built with the house as well as a Viking six-burner gas stove that would please most gourmet cooks. Granite counter tops, custom-designed cabinetry, and tile floors add to the luxurious feel. The open room looks over a family room that leads to a small brick patio perfect for grilling. The kitchen also leads to a comfortably sized dining room with a fireplace and additional cabinet space. The dining room is connected to a foyer that leads to a formal living room with oversized windows overlooking a generous landscaped lawn. The foyer also heads to a staircase leading down to a screened-in porch, level with the lawn. Upstairs, a master bedroom is brightened by ceiling-high triangular-shaped windows and accented by a large fireplace.

There is added space for closets and a tiled bathroom with a deep bath and walk-in closet. There are three more bedrooms, one currently used as a study with built-in cherry book shelves. Listing broker is Ilene Solomon of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Newton Centre.

164 Chestnut St. Newton Price: $1,379,000
Style: Carriage house
Built: 1905
Square feet: 2,901
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2 1/2
Sewer: Public

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