Enjoy fine suburban-style living in Jamaica Plain home

BY BARBARA FORSTER/CORRESPONDENT
This dining area offers plenty of seating plus the opportunity for enjoying meals by the fireplace and watching a jumbo TV.

If your image of “home” includes a white picket fence, forget the notion that the dream means moving to the ‘burbs. Check out this once-traditional ranch on a corner lot in Jamaica Plain with curb appeal to spare.

A 2015 gut renovation/addition project (inside and out) – with supplementary upgrades since then – transformed this classic 1947 house into an extraordinarily spacious home with a decidedly contemporary vibe (including a surround sound system and irrigation system) that exceeds today’s lifestyle preferences.

The package includes a one-car garage, a manicured front lawn and a large fully-fenced backyard with a huge paver patio plus terraced green space. Yes, this is a city property.

Josephine Tsui of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has listed the exceptionally move-in-ready 2,600-square-foot residence at 20 Lila Rd. with four bedrooms and two bathrooms for $1,290,000.

Richly stained oak flooring that begins at the front door and continues throughout the home is a cohesive element that blends with any decor. Although smallish, the front entry has all the necessary prerequisites: a place for keys, mail, etc., and a sizable coat closet.

A gas fireplace with a contemporary granite surround and mantel is a striking focal point in the spacious living room. This well-proportioned room makes furniture arrangement easy.

The L-shaped kitchen, which is fully open to a massive dining-family room, is a stylish beauty of a space. White cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting showcases the backsplash of extra-long subway tile.

With stainless steel Bosch appliances (dishwasher and French door refrigerator with a freezer drawer) plus a GE oven and Bertazzoni five-burner gas range under a stainless steel hood, skilled chefs will be comfortable, too.

A step-down center island with a Kazza stainless steel sink topped by a quartz countertop provides additional prep/serving space and seats four.

Additional cabinetry that includes floor-to-ceiling cupboards/pantries with frosted glass inserts also incorporates server (and/or more prep) space for the nearby dining area and access (via a full glass pane door) to the very private yard.

A gas fireplace with a stunning stainless steel and quartz tile surround at the other end of this huge area has space above the mantel for a television. Open and closed shelving is on each side with one end wrapping around creating a “dry” bar and/or mini-server area.

Four large casement windows on one wall are installed above a four-foot display ledge, allowing in ample natural light without eliminating usable wall space. The soaring cove ceiling, which is at least 15 feet high, adds drama and grandeur.

The new floor plan addresses (and insures) personal privacy by creating bedroom wings on each side of the house. Two bedrooms and a full bathroom are in one wing; the master suite is in the other one.

The master suite, which is off the living room, has a huge sleeping chamber that easily accommodates a king-size bed, the prerequisite bedroom furniture and seating. The nine-foot-plus-high ceiling highlighted by double crown trim adds extra splendor. Even the massive walk-in closet with custom inserts has a high ceiling.

Double crown molding is also in a very generously-sized en suite bathroom with a very large step-in shower that has a built-in bench and a frameless glass door. Two sinks in a long vanity and an American Standard commode are practical features while 12-by-24-inch floor tile are stylish ones.

Maximizing space (with a unique touch or two, of course) is another outstanding feature of this home. The combination laundry/mudroom is an excellent example.

Just beyond the living room, past a sliding barn door that opens to reveal a tiled area with a full glass pane door to the yard, and on the way to the bedroom wing are the laundry facilities that include a full-size washer and dryer topped with a “folding” shelf, overhead cabinetry and a three-drawer built-in chest. A double closet for outerwear and accessories allows this area to do double duty as a mudroom.

The remaining two bedrooms have all the same finishing touches as the rest of the house: double crown molding, good-looking bump boards and lighted closets with custom inserts. The larger bedroom with windows on two walls – Yankee cross-ventilation ingenuity at work – has a large single closet while the smaller room that overlooks the yard has a double closet. Bringing in a Murphy bed and using this as a guest room/study is another option.

A glass subway tile surround is a sparkling accent piece for the tub/shower combination in the shared bathroom. Two sinks increase function, double crown molding adds character and a deep linen closet provides substantial storage.

More living/play/storage space is downstairs in this finished basement. A sizable bonus room has a flush-mount fireplace on a striking stone-front wall that stretches to the ceiling. Tile flooring insures that however this space is used – second family room, game space or media center – maintenance is easy.

In addition to a huge dedicated storage room, this level has an enormous amount of regulation “basement” space with a concrete floor and excellent ceiling height. Let’s not forget direct access to the garage.

Address: 20 Lila Rd., Jamaica Plain

BR/BA: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms

Size: 2,600 square feet

Price: $1,290,000

Taxes: $11,355.47

Year built: Originally built in 1947. Gut renovation plus two additions in 2015. Other updates since then.

Features: Spacious single-family ranch on a quarter-acre corner lot in Moss Hill. Besides a 2015 addition, the home underwent a gut renovation plus additional upgrades that includes a surround sound system. The main family room with a cove ceiling and gas fireplace is fully open to the dining room and chef’s kitchen with quartz countertops and Bertazzoni five-burner gas range. Master suite with high ceiling, walk-in closet and step-in shower with frameless glass door. Mudroom/laundry room with full size washer and dryer plus cabinetry and double closet. Two bedrooms and full bathroom in a private wing. Fully finished lower level has a bonus room with stone-front gas fireplace and abundant storage. Attached garage plus beautifully landscaped and fully fenced yard with huge paver patio and terraced green space.

Nearby: Equidistant between the Manning School and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and less than five minutes to Centre Street with countless services, shops and restaurants. Approximately 10 minutes to Arborway, Franklin Park Zoo and William J. Devine Golf Course.

Contact: Josephine Tsui of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 713 Centre St., Jamaica Plain

Phone: 617-816-6900

Email: Josephine.Tsui@NEMoves.com

Website: www.coldwellbankerhomes.com

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