Tuesday, January 4, 2011

99 Walpole Street in Dover

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Contact Bill Janovitz at 781-856-0992 or John Tse at 617-851-3532 or both of us at janotse@gmail.com

Paul O'Connell is a builder who was first referred to us a few years back when he was doing a project in Lexington. He was working on a combination of general contractor work and his own development projects, mostly restoring and expanding older homes. We ended up as Paul's marketing team on two of his projects in Lexington, a gut renovation and expansion of a Cape priced in the mid-high $800,000s, and a much larger gut reno and expansion of a classic Lexington Center Colonial Revival that sold in the high $1.6 million range.

On this Dover project, Paul got wind of some reasonably priced land on Dover's lovely Walpole Street, across from an equestrian meadow. A breathtaking approach starts at Route 109 in Westwood. A driver takes Dover Rd. down a rolling, curvy country road, as it turns into Powisset Street in Dover until it delivers you almost to the doorstep of Paul's latest project, this completely new construction, the best value for a new house in Dover, priced, at $1.25 million.

Just as in his higher-end restoration work, Paul takes meticulous care for just the right materials, from foundation to finish. Whereas many builders want to build the most vanilla product to theoretically appeal to the most amount of buyers, Paul wishes to picture the buyer of the house actually living in it, not having to upgrade anything or repaint plain, off-white walls. He and his wife, Mia, meticulously pore over tile choices, fixtures, appliances, and so on, to come up with the perfect combination to suit the particular house. And Mia tops it all off with creative staging to make the house feel like home -- if your home was perchance featured in a fine living magazine.

Of course, before it gets to all of this fun stuff, Paul has conceptualized the house starting with the siting. In this case, there was the care taken to position the house far enough back off of the street and away from the second lot he bought (which has been sold and built for a buyer that has already closed). The house gets the right amount of light and the siting affords stunning year-round views of the seasonally changing woods in the rear. An expansive deck takes full advantage of this woodsy setting.

Just the right blueprint plan was chosen to suit this lot in this particular town. For the interior floor plan, careful attention was paid to a comfortable combination of open-concept and intimate spaces. There is a bedroom and full bath on the first floor, with a private entrance for the bedroom -- perfect for guests, in-laws, or an au pair.

Since there was no natural gas available on this street, a propane fuel (for the high efficiency HVAC) and cooking system has been installed. The details of the systems can be seen below.

The house is highly efficient and one can enjoy the soaring limestone fireplace (another unique feature) for added ambiance.

A Few Notable Features of 99 Walpole Street:

Stylish newly constructed home in the heart of Dover. Five bedrooms; three full baths. The open floor plan flows from kitchen (stainless Thermador; Viking; GE Profile; black-honed granite; pantry; and desk nook) to family/great room with just the right amount of architectural drama:a limestone fireplace draws the eye upward to soaring ceiling. First floor guest bedroom with a private entrance. Formal dining, living rooms and a full bath round off first floor. Stunning master suite with a sitting area, dressing room, and spa-like bath. 3054 sq. ft of living area.Walk-out lower level can be finished for additional living area. 87568 sq. ft. of land (about 2 acres).

Contact Bill Janovitz at 781-856-0992 or John Tse at 617-851-3532 or both of us at janotse@gmail.com

Four-foot Viking Refrigerator
Thermador six-burner stove
GE Profile dishwasher
Thermador vent hood
Black-honed granite counters
Desk nook area

Family/Great Room
Open floor plan flows from kitchen
Old World Stonework wood-burning fireplace
Double French doors open to deck

Between kitchen and garage

Formal Living Room

Dining Room
Chair rail
Window seat

1 Full Bath on first floor -- subway tile
2 Full hallway bath on second floor -- Carrera marble vanity top and subway tile
Master Bath (details below)

Master Bedroom
Sitting area
Walk-in closet and dressing room

Master Bath
His/her sink
Silestone vanity top
Claw-foot soaking tub
Walk-in shower with Guinevere Total Body Spray system
Glass tile

First floor bedroom with private double French doors to deck

Full, walk-out, opens to great concrete area under deck and wooded backyard beyond
With full double-hung windows
Plumbed for potential future bath

Laundry Room
Tile floor

High-efficiency furnace by propane

Wolfer’s designed lighting throughout
Crown molding throughout
Hardwood maple floors throughout
Kohler fixtures
Solid front door with side lights

Two-Car Attached Garage
Single large garage door
Extra-high ceilings

10 X 30 deck

Contact Bill Janovitz at 781-856-0992 or John Tse at 617-851-3532 or both of us at janotse@gmail.com

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