When people think Lexington, they think history, and there is currently a home on the real estate market that gives homebuyers the unique opportunity to purchase a structural narration of the town's infamous past. Currently reminiscent of a South End townhouse, this quaint colonial still offers all the charm of its era, but has also graciously received very recent complimentary structural and sophisticated updates from its current owners to update its decor and standards to today's preferences.
Woburn Street was actually not the original site for this antique home, more commonly known as the Russell-Raymond Shop. This early 19th century former shoemakers shop was located at 1690 Massachusetts Ave., was renovated into a private home in the 1800's and moved to its current address in 1906.
Elegant stone walls envelope the entire property as a fitting introduction to the home's age and period architecture. The interior has also been well preserved to reveal its roots, but high end features and jeweled paint tones exhibit a designer 21st century home. The first floor consists of an 11 x 9 square foot living room, a 15 x 9 square foot dining room and a stylish 12 x 9 square foot kitchen that has been redecorated with granite countertops, cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a marble and glass floor.
The second floor boasts wide pine flooring in both bedrooms as a subtle mention of the home's historic memoirs, while the customized designer bath with a whirlpool, oversized shower, vaulted ceiling and artistic tiling transform the occupants into a personal home retreat. The third level expands the living space with a finished room, parquet floors and cedar closet and with the addition of a dormer, this level could become a wonderful au pair or teenager suite.
Other major benefits and reconstructions, including a second floor laundry, central air conditioning, a personal workshop in the basement and professionally-designed gardens all add to the appeal and fascination of this home.
The legacy of this home may have begun elsewhere, but its history still tells an important local story and there is so much to reveal. This property, as well as the town of Lexington, continue to preserve the past but has also progressed to accommodate its residents of today and the future.
Location: 78 Woburn St.
Living Area: 1,120 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 4,093 sq. ft.
Listing Agent: Julie Duncan, The Higgins Group REALTORS, 781-771-4282