There was a time, not so many decades ago, when a large apple orchard grew along a section of scenic Nod Hill Road near Olmstead Hill Road. Back then itinerant workers would come into town to work in the orchard. A handful of those workers were housed in a guest cottage in front of the beige shingle Cape Cod house at 60 Nod Hill Road.
Although some of the orchard remains, it is not a large commercial agricultural business and there is no longer need for temporary workers to pick the ripened fruit. The guest cottage is being used by the current owner as an office but it would make a charming art studio. It has a full bath, and lovely views across street of meadows and the orchard.
It’s not just the cottage that is so charming. This entire property of just over half an acre has a magical feel to it which is palpable the moment one turns into the gravel parking area. It feels as if this property, the main house and cottage were once owned by or should have been the domain of a children’s book author and illustrator or a master gardener or a culinary author who grew their own vegetables in the raised and fenced gardens. And it could be still.
From the street view there is a long stone wall with a decorative wrought iron gate in front of the main house, which is set back from the roadway. Stone pillars, each topped with a lantern, mark the entrance to this enchanting place. The wide gravel area provides ample parking in front of the detached two-car garage of natural weathered wood shingles with white trim to match the cottage. A gate in the picket fence between the two opens to a flagstone path lined in Belgium block. The main path diverges with branches leading to the garage, the cottage, the main house, and straight ahead to a flagstone patio.
The main house is topped with a rooster weathervane, and both the main house and cottage are adorned with window boxes overflowing with colorful flowers. Lining the paths and throughout the property are beautiful gardens of perennial plantings including hostas, clematis, hydrangea, daffodils, and azalea and rhododendron shrubs.
Inside, the house contains eight rooms and 2,418 square feet of living space. It was built in 1923 and has since experienced updates that make it suitable for today’s lifestyle with its open floor plan, spacious formal living room, and eat-in kitchen with high-end appliances. The living room features a fireplace with a wood stove insert and built-in cabinetry with shelving. French doors separate the formal dining room from the kitchen. It features chair railing and an accent wall covered in wallpaper depicting stately birch trees.
In the kitchen there are ample marble counters, a farm sink, a center island/breakfast bar topped in Pietra Cardosa marble, eat-in area, open dish racks, white ceramic subway tile backsplash, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Wolf six-burner gas range. Open to the kitchen is the family room, which has a fireplace and French doors to the patio and park-like yard. A half bath in this part of the house has pebble-like flooring.
On the second floor there are four bedrooms. The master suite has a tall vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The master bath features a shower and claw-foot tub. In one of the bedrooms has two walk-in closets; one of them has a window and was cleverly converted into a homework or study space. Another bedroom, like the master, has a vaulted ceiling with beams.
The partially finished basement has a wealth of possibilities.
There will be a public open house on Sunday (May 19), from 1 to 3 pm.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Elizabeth Boscaino of Halstead Real Estate at 203-856-6238 or email@example.com.