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At $15.6 million, mansion sale sets Weston record

Posted by Leslie Anderson  April 15, 2011 02:05 PM

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A bird's eye view of 75 Doublet Hill Rd., Weston.

A 20-room Weston mansion has come close to shattering Greater Boston price records, fetching $15.6 million as the spring real estate market kicks into high gear.

The sale of 75 Doublet Hill Road, a 15,000-square-foot contemporary colonial perched on a 7-acre hilltop, is the most ever paid for a single-family home in Weston, which has a handful of sales over $10 million but nothing approaching $15.6 million, according to The Warren Group, the Boston-based real estate publisher and data firm.

It is also one of the highest prices ever paid for a single-family home in Greater Boston as well, falling just short of the $16 million that Red Sox owner John Henry shelled out back in 2007 for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt’s Brookline estate. (Henry later bulldozed the 1920s Georgian Revival and built his own, modern mansion on the site.)

“It is kind of encouraging we are starting to see some of these big properties sell finally,” said Jeff Morgenstern, sales manager for Coldwell Banker’s Weston office, which brokered the big sale.

Finally may be the operative word, with the Weston mansion atop Doublet Hill taking time to sell.

Balcony_View.jpgIt first hit the market roughly eight months ago, originally listed at $19.9 million, according to MLS Property Information Network. Built by a developer back in 1998, the Doublet Hill home offers views of the Blue Hills as well as its own basketball and tennis courts and pool.

There are also more fireplaces (eight), than bedrooms (six), according to MLS Property Information Network, not to mention 10 bathrooms and three half baths.

Still, while $15.6 million is certainly a lot of money to spend on the house, it falls short of setting a price record for Greater Boston.

That honor goes to the Quincy Adams Shaw House in Brookline, another Roaring Twenties manse which sold for $18.5 million in 2001, according to Terry Maitland of LandVest, which specializes in sales of luxury homes and who was the broker on that deal a decade ago.

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