Why fly all the way to England in search of your dream cottage when you can find it right in your own back yard?
And 82 Undine Road‘s spacious yard and English garden (not to mention the British origin of its village’s name) are not all that make this 1,764-square-foot Brighton single-family so distinctly European. Its half-timbered stucco skin, human scale, old-world woodwork and traditional details add to the English cottage charm — but also belie the expansive space inside, including 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 4 entertaining arenas.
The living room is rich with old-fashioned woodwork — vertical wood paneling, gumwood crown moldings and window/door casings, refinished hardwood floor — that give the large space cottage intimacy. As does the brick woodburning fireplace with paneled mantel.
The dining room is quaintly formalized with twin built-in china cabinets flanking one of two triple windows, which assure your dinner party ample light.
Unusually large for a country cottage, the eat-in kitchen has ample room for a sizable breakfast table and plenty of elbow room among the cabinets, counters and appliances. A built-in cabinet on one wall displays your fine tableware and/or cookbook collection with dignity, and the plantation shutters bring back the country charm.
The fireplaced family room is just as English Colonial as the living room, only it opens up and steps down to a contemporary sunroom with a splendid view of the back yard and the surrounding neighborhood.
The front shed dormer gives the master bedroom enough headroom so as to feel far from an attic, while preserving the cottage coziness that helps you sleep.
The fenced-in back yard is ideal for children’s and dogs’ play, gardening, or building a patio for summer cookouts.
The attached garage continues the cottage quality of the house itself, as does the picket fence around the English garden.
Not as far out in the country as it may first appear, 82 Undine Road is within walking distance of several rural and urban amenities: Chandler Pond, Newton Commonwealth Golf Course, Boston College, the Green Line trolley at BC, Dunkin’ Donuts, Flat Breads Cafe, St. John’s Seminary, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, etc.