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Details Matter

A Lincrusta wallcovering pattern

A Lincrusta wallcovering pattern

It’s a slow time of the year for new real estate listings.  Many sellers wait until after Labor Day to bring their properties on the market.

So it was a pleasant surprise to have some really super listings on our office tour this Wednesday. 

One property was the star of the day for me.  It’s a truly magnificent townhouse condo at 52 Wendell Street just listed for $1,665,000.  One of two units in a large 1880 house in the Agassiz neighborhood, the condo is a splendid mix of original detail and fabulous updates.  It’s very spacious – over 3,000 sq.ft. – and opens from the kitchen /family room to a very nice private backyard.

We see so many renovated places that all look alike that it’s hugely refreshing to see a place renovated with real style and attention to detail.  At every turn, 52 Wendell offers finishes, fixtures and details that delight the most discriminating buyer – or agent!

I was really happy to see that the renovation included – in a kitchen with gorgeous, high end appliances and fixtures – real linoleum floors.  Linoleum is a green choice – it’s made of materials that include linseed oil and crushed cork – and a comfortable one for a kitchen.  It makes so much more sense than wood that won’t hold up or tile that’s hard on your feet and back.  It was great to see it used in this setting. 

Linoleum is still manufactured and can be obtained from companies that include Armstrong and Forbo.  I’ve had the Forbo linoleum samples for years with the idea that I’ll install it in my next kitchen redo.  My only wish is that they would bring back some of the wonderful, vintage colors.  I visited a house in Melrose recently that had the most scrumptious minty green linoleum floor – still in perfect condition some 70 years after it was installed.

The other finish that caught my eye at 52 Wendell was the Lincrusta or Anaglypta wall covering that’s used in a half bath and a hallway. It’s another old-is-new-again touch I’ve meant to use in my home. 

It’s the details that make a property stand out.  Hurrah for a renovation with real style!  Here’s more info about 52 Wendell Street and a link to a photo gallery.   Believe me, it’s even better in person.

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