An ivy-covered brick mansion in Brookline

Want the feel of an English country cottage without having to leave New England? This house should do the trick.


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178 Ivy Street, Brookline
Price: $3,245,000
Cut: 2,556 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms : 2 complete, 1 partial

As we face another long gray winter indoors, it’s easy to fantasize about being… well, pretty much anywhere else. But if your daydream is to ride through the snowy season in a brick mansion worthy of the English countryside, you might find a taste of it here at Brookline. This colonial-style carriage house in the Cottage Farm area puts England in “New England,” evoking a quaint British village with its rolling landscaped grounds, stately exterior clad in creeping ivy, and elegantly designed bedrooms. inside.

Guests of this home will be greeted by a whitewashed lobby with a spiral staircase. It opens onto a large living space with floor-to-ceiling windows that welcome in the daylight and a fireplace that’s perfect for snuggling up next to when it’s chilly outside. This level also offers a tiled dining area with a dashing chandelier and built-in units for displaying knick-knacks, plus an adjacent kitchen, filled with light, space and a bit of charm served up via a blue tile backsplash. and white behind the stove. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, each with their own exposed beam ceilings that really look like something out of the setting of a period drama.

But most spectacular of all is the half acre of land that accompanies this home. Tucked away at the end of a small, private street and surrounded by protected land, this home offers the ultimate privacy so you can wander the grounds like a Jane Austen character in peace (although it’s close enough to the amenities of Brookline, Cambridge, and Boston that you won’t be totally without your modern pleasures). Come rain, snow or shine, the new owners of this home are sure to enjoy these landscaped grounds, making this home the dream getaway in the English country garden of your dreams (passport and UK citizenship not required).

For more information, contact Rachel Goldman, MGS Group Real Estate LTD, mgsgrouprealestate.com.

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