Highlights

$2,990,000
  • 10,000+/- SqFt in Main House
  • 23 Rooms, 11 Fireplaces, 9 BRs
  • 6 Full Baths & 2 Half Baths
  • 6,000+/- SqFT in Carriage House
  • 6 Car Garage Parking
  • 2 Apts for Live-in Help
  • 40ft Grecian Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • 11.84+/- Acres

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Details

  • Price
    $2,990,000
    Bedrooms
    9
    Fireplaces
    11
    Bathrooms
    6 Full & 2 Half
    Living Area
    10,000+/-
    Primary Lot
    7.33 Acres
    Additional Lot
    4.55 Acres

Features

    • LIVING ROOM | Soaring ceiling height. Abundance of light. Intricately carved, painted & gilded boiserie style paneling and quarter-sawn oak parquet flooring. French style fireplace of carved marble, reclaimed from 5th Ave NYC mansion of W.H. Vanderbilt

    • DINING ROOM | Fielded wood paneling. A brass and crystal chandelier. Raised gilded wall molding. Three sets of French doors & butler's door. A veined green marble buffet and carved veined green marble fireplace, both from Vanderbilt's NYC mansion.

    • LIBRARY | Boasts a barrel vaulted ceiling, hidden cabinets, a marble fireplace and features hand painted recreated frescoes of painters Fragonard and Boucher.

    • FOYER | Inside the lower level, you are welcomed by a gracious foyer with marble flooring, raised paneling, many wall sconces, and a sweeping wrought iron and gilded staircase leading upwards three stories and topped by a stained glass skylight.

    • CARRIAGE HOUSE | Approx. 6000 Sq Ft. With 6 Garage parking spaces, 2 horse stalls, and 2 spacious apartments with multiple bedrooms for live-in help.

    • LANDSCAPE | The 11.84 acres includes multiple parcels and is believed to be home to the oldest Willow Tree in New England. Included is a 40ft swimming pool, entertaining sized patio, a tennis court and wonderful park-like views.

Description

88 Milton Street is the work of the prestigious Boston firm known as Bigelow and Wadsworth, the 'Gilded Age' architects of choice for the wealthy in Bar Harbor, the Hamptons, Manchester by the Sea, and Newport.

Built in 1912, this magnificent estate draws on both the rage for Colonial Revival architecture in the early teens and later, in the 1940s and 50s, drew on the plans and arrangement of the famed Petit Trianon at the Palace of Versailles. Designed with the traditional five bay width, constructed of brick with carved marble detail, and augmented in the 1940-50s with museum-quality, antique fittings and fixtures attributed to the 5th Avenue NYC mansion of William H. Vanderbilt.

Instantly apparent is the home's meticulous detail, from the soaring ceiling height to the exquisitely executed, carved marble fireplaces and millwork. Adorned with priceless chandeliers, marble fireplaces, and painted frescoes, this 10,000+/-c SqFt residence offers an opportunity like no other.

Rarely does a property of this architectural significance come on the market. Rarer still is an historic property attached to so much acreage available, and so close to the very finest of educational institutions in Massachusetts. To combine the two and place them in this enviable setting presents us with a once in a lifetime opportunity. This exceptional residence is truly the finest metropolitan Boston has to offer.

The house, is believed to have been built for Charles Sedgwick Rackemann, among Boston's most prominent lawyers in the early 1900s. A descendant of Robert Sedgwick, leader of the Charlestown militia in 1630, C. S Rackemann was the author of a 1908 law that improved land and title transfers in Massachusetts. He also served on the Milton Warrant Committee.