The impeccable six-bedroom colonial at 22 Barnstable Road in the heart of Wellesley’s prestigious Cliff Estates was built in 2008 and designed by Royal Barry Wills Associates. Renowned as America’s premier architects for nearly a century, the firm’s work remains the gold standard for New England-style architecture with its classic proportions, pleasing scale, elegant detail and sophisticated comfort.

The 7,105-square-foot home offers the modern amenities that rival brand-new construction and the added value of thoughtful, flexible design and rich finish work that comes from an estate custom built by a discerning owner and a consummate architect.

Lynn Donahue, Donna Maley and Stephanie Burns of Compass are marketing the 14-room house on a 0.46-acre professionally landscaped lot for $3,250,000.

The house has fine architectural details such as 12-over-12 pane windows, dormers, a columned portico with a lovely upper balcony and an elegant six-arch arcade side porch that adds to the graceful façade of this large and welcoming home.

The foyer is warm and inviting with views directly through the windows of a sunroom beyond a two-story back foyer where there is a gracious curved staircase. Rich millwork is featured in multi-layer crown molding and door casings, staircase spindles and paneled wainscoting.

The first floor has an excellent flow for gracious entertaining and family living with rooms that are both intimate and grand.

The front-to-back living room, to the left of the foyer, has upper and lower paneled wainscoting, a wonderful floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the backyard, and a wood-burning fireplace. A doorway from the living room opens to a sunroom with a wall of French doors to the patio and an entry to the foyer.

Pocket doors from the living room open to a butler’s pantry with two windows, a wet bar with a wine fridge, and to a study. The study is a corner room with sliding French doors to a brick patio, paneled wainscoting and a gas fireplace set in a wall of custom cabinetry.

The banquet-size dining room is to the right of the foyer and features dentil crown molding, paneled wainscoting and a doorway to a butler’s pantry with a wet bar that leads to the kitchen.

A deep entry from the back of the foyer opens to a hallway with a half-bath and coat closet and a pocket door to the sun-drenched family room which flows into a chef’s kitchen.

This heart-of-the-home space features a family room with a coffered ceiling and a gas fireplace set in a wall of custom cabinetry with doors that conceal a television, and a bank of windows with French doors to the backyard. An informal dining area is set by a picture window.

The kitchen has custom white cabinetry and tile backsplash, quartz countertops, and an oversize island with seating. A picture window above the large stainless steel sink overlooks the front yard and adds to the natural light which cascades into the front-to-back kitchen and family room. High-end appliances include a paneled Sub-Zero fridge and Bosch dishwasher, and a gas cooktop and double ovens by Wolf.

A well-designed mudroom opens from the kitchen and includes a pantry and multiple closets, a built-in work station, a half-bath, and cubbies and benches at a side entry to a covered bluestone porch. There is a door to the three-car garage and a staircase to the carpeted lower level which features a playroom, game room, half-bath and storage.

A staircase off the kitchen leads to a private guest bedroom and a full bath. The bath has a second door to a hallway which has four additional bedrooms that include a serene master suite, a laundry room, and a flexible room with built-ins that offers perfect space for a children’s homework room, reading area or study. Three of the four family bedrooms are en suite.

The master suite is sited off the landing of the main staircase and features a dramatic coffer-style beamed cathedral ceiling and a wall of low shelves. A hallway from the bedroom leads to a travertine and quartz spa bath with a jetted soaking tub and shower and pocket doors in this hallway open to his-and-her closets with windows and built-ins.

The third floor has a spacious carpeted bedroom and full bath that offers flexible use as an au pair suite, yoga studio or playroom.

The house has a gas heat and central air, and the professionally landscaped yard has decorative lighting and a sprinkler system.


Address: 22 Barnstable Road, Wellesley

BR/BA: Six bedrooms, five full and three half-baths

Size: 7,105 square feet of living space on a 0.46-acre lot

Age: 2008

Price: $3,250,000

Tax: $28,219

Features of home: This 14-room, sophisticated and comfortable home in the sought-after Cliff Estates was designed by Royal Barry Wills and offers a spacious, flexible floor plan and expansive windows that fill the house with natural light. The house has a fantastic flow for entertaining with a gracious living room with pocket doors to a wet bar and to a study with doors to a brick patio, a glass-walled sunroom with French doors to the patio, and a banquet-size dining room with a butler’s pantry. The spectacular chef’s kitchen and family room have French doors to the backyard and an informal dining area, and a well-designed mudroom has excellent storage and access to a side entry and three-car garage. A back staircase leads to a private guest suite with access to the additional second-floor bedrooms, laundry and study. The luxurious master suite has his-and-hers walk-in closets and a spa bath, and there is a third-floor bedroom with a full bath for flexible use as an au pair suite or playroom.

Close by: Upham Elementary School

Contact: For more information, contact Donahue Maley/Burns Team of Compass at 781-591-0671 direct or This house is shown by appointment.