A cluster of conveniences greets you right at the door of the 3,702-square-foot house-like triplex at Willowbank, a pond-side condominium village, built in 2007-2009 by Maple Hurst Builders of Roxbury Crossing with the style and the spatial economy of the early 20th-century Craftsman movement.
“A house on the lake” was the ultimate goal of a hopeful member of a job-hunters’ support group long ago. If you, too, are searching for “a house on the lake,” a variation on his American dreamboat awaits you at Residence K, 79 Burroughs St., Jamaica Plain, where sparkling views of Jamaica Pond enrich multiple rooms, and a convenient layout and location make your lifestyle as smooth sailing as a cruise on the water.
A cluster of conveniences greets you right at the door of the 3,702-square-foot house-like triplex at Willowbank, a pond-side condominium village built in 2007-2009 by Maple Hurst Builders of Roxbury Crossing with the style and the spatial economy of the early 20th-century Craftsman movement. This puts everything close to everything else in your home with room to spare for storage, laundry and living-space expansion. It offers tasteful architectural details to refine your routine.
A broad, roomy porch with Spanish cedar columns and a sweeping pond view shelters your entry into the vestibule, where Italian tumbled tiles - handy for snowy shoe/boot removal to protect your hardwood floors - proceed into a powder room with a wooden vanity. Beside this is a walk-in coat closet – a rarity in even the grandest of homes – followed by the central Craftsman stairway to all levels of living.
The adjacent living room lets in the light from southwestern and northwestern window banks, not to mention the pond panorama, which you can enjoy more fully in warmer months by opening the French door to the porch. Sound insulation muffles Pond Street traffic, bringing placidity to the vista. Heightening the drama with simple elegance are a double crown molding with frieze and a stainless steel ceiling light/fan with airplane wing-like blades.
A dual-sided gas fireplace with paneled pilasters warms the living and dining rooms simultaneously, surrounded by slate-like tiles on the living side and soapstone-like panels on the dining side. The freestanding fireplace allows passage between the rooms for large-scale entertaining convenience.
The dining room’s French door with a matching window, flanked by china/curio cabinets, opens to the private brick-paved patio for outdoor dining. The patio is fenced on two sides for open connection to the common brick walkways for neighborly visits or ventures toward the pond.
The contiguous kitchen begins with a peninsular granite counter/bar with a sink and dishwasher for food service and cleanup convenience. Paralleling this is a granite wall counter, divided by a Wolf four-burner gas range with a Miele stainless vent hood.
A full-wall backsplash of thin horizontal black, off-white, gray and beige tiles creates a variegated effect of movement across the space.
At left is a cherry-framed Sub-Zero refrigerator.
The custom cherry cabinetry conveniently clusters multipurpose storage: an appliance garage with roll-up door, silverware drawers, a glazed china/cookbook/liquor cabinet, wine-bottle cubbies, another granite counter for preparing drinks and an open shelf with lighting.
By the kitchen, a floor-tiled mudroom with shoe-shelved coat closet exits to a shelter that steps down to a common passage to your deeded garage and outdoor parking spaces. This lets you park, enter, remove your footwear and dive right into dinner.
The central stairway ascends to one-level work/study/sleep/wash convenience for parents and offspring alike. Right by the stairway is an open office with a wide workstation alcove. Ahead is the spacious master bedroom, where you wake to a picturesque pond view and corner exposure. Its marble-floored en suite bath boasts a Clearwater soaking tub with cradle-like wooden legs, a glass-enclosed brown marble shower with handheld and rain showerheads, a streaky green granite vanity with two sinks and maple-framed mirror-door medicine cabinets, maple cabinetry and a private water-closet.
The adjacent walk-in closet has a wall of built-ins and a window. The left-hand laundry room comes complete with a Maytag stacked washer/dryer, linen/detergent cabinets and sorting counter - a full-service alternative to the typical laundry closet. Down the hall are a linen closet, a full bath with a Kohler pedestal sink and subway-tiled tub/shower, and a second bedroom with double-door closet.
As the family grows, the space grows with them. The two top-floor bedrooms have a shared linen closet, full bath and an open sitting loft. The bedrooms are virtual mirror images of each other: roof-gables give them quirky ceiling angles and windowed alcoves, and each bedroom has a built-in maple bookcase and a closet of built-ins. The northwestern bedroom has a stunning bird’s-eye view of the pond. The bath boasts a subway-tiled tub/shower with skylight, a rock-aggregate granite vanity and a beige marble floor.
The storage room not only doesn’t feel like an attic, but also has multiple storage options: two sets of open-ended built-in shelves and a long coatrack with an upper shelf. Much more storage is handy in the unfinished basement, where a smooth concrete floor readies it for renovation such as a home gym, crafts room or den.
Jamaica Pond isn’t just for viewing from your perch. From mid-April through October, you can capitalize on your “house-on-the-lake” privilege by renting a sailboat, rowboat or kayak at the Jamaica Pond Boat House across Pond Street, administered by the Courageous Sailing Center that offers programs for Boston youth. With a Massachusetts fishing license, you can also cast a line for a good catch in the pond, which is annually stocked by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
A walking/running trail encircles the pond. Burroughs Street connects directly to Jamaica Plain’s main retail/restaurant district along Centre Street, where bus service to three subway lines, the Longwood Medical Area and the Museum of Fine Arts is frequent.
Offered at $1.95 million, Residence K at 79 Burroughs St. offers lakeside luxury in a context of close-knit convenience.
For a private showing, contact The Moran Group of Gibson | Sotheby’s International Realty: Michael Moran, 617-733-7660 or Michael.Moran@SothebysRealty.com, or Mark Ruane, 508-612-6217 or Mark.Ruane@SothebysRealty.com.
- “Jamaica Pond,” 2006, www.jamaicapond.com
- Maple Hurst Builders website, 2012, www.maplehurstbldrs.com/portfolio