Grand, Historic West Newton Residence


  • Price: $2,499,000
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Full Bathrooms: 4
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Square Feet: 4,590
  • Taxes: $22,690

A rare opportunity to own the former home of Elizabeth Peabody and a fabled stop on The Underground Railroad in the ideal West Newton location. Meticulously restored and preserved, yet modernized for today’s families. Built in 1849 by Horatio King, Postmaster General of the United States under the Buchanan Administration, and used as a summer residence, this house was in the hands of the William Chase family from 1910 until the current owners bought it in 2002.It is interesting to note that the property stretched all the way to Sterling St. on the West and that Prince Street was a stream at the time!

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this five bedroom plus office/bedroom, four and one-half bathroom Queen Anne Victorian-era residence, with landscaped grounds and gardens, is situated on one of Newton’s prettiest streets. Rich in history, this grand home has been thoughtfully and extensively renovated incorporating modern amenities with the finest of materials while preserving old world elegance. The main level features a spacious kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, soap stone countertops, custom cabinetry, an original restored sink, and an eating area overlooking the yard; two butler pantries; a family room; a guest bedroom or office with a full bathroom; a living room; and a dining room, sitting room, and music room – each with a fireplace. The second level is comprised of a master bedroom suite with an expansive closet and an oversized custom bathroom with a Japanese soaking tub, double sink, and large shower. The master bedroom has access to a third-floor turret with a desk. Also, on the second level are four additional bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a laundry room with a Jacuzzi sink. High ceilings, hardwood flooring, original molding, radiant heat, air-conditioning, and gas systems complete this fine property. Conveniently located near West Newton Square, the Massachusetts Turnpike, Peirce School, Brae Burn Country Club, and the Neighborhood Club.

Photography by Greg Premru and Robert Umenhofer



Debby Belt

Debby Belt

Hammond Residential Real Estate
Brookline/Newton Office

Debby Belt, a native Bostonian, well-known for her responsiveness and perseverance, will zealously represent your interests to create the best financial outcome possible.

Debby, a skilled and savvy negotiator, has a strong marketing background and an extensive network with a strong knowledge of the metro Boston area, has been successful representing clients both buying or selling homes in the most competitive environments and will work with you to meet your particular selling and/or purchasing objectives.

Before selling real estate, Debby worked in human resources, marketing and public relations for many years for an international consulting firm and then a wealth management company. Debby is involved as a volunteer in her community and was formerly the PTO president of the Angier School and she is currently the Development Chair of Understanding Our Differences.

She has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Debby grew up in Newton and Weston and has also lived in Beacon Hill and Brookline; she currently lives in the Waban Village of Newton with her husband and three daughters.