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24 Cedar Road, Belmont, MA, 02474

 

Offered at: $1,895,000

 

6 Bedroom | 3.5 Bathroom | 3,686 sq. ft.

Noted architect, Victor Wigglesworth built 24 Cedar Road, also known as the Emory F. Chaffee House, in 1913 during the developmental infancy of the Walnut Hill-Waverley neighborhood. Designed in the Prairie style with Craftsman elements—a rare style in New England—No. 24 occupies a distinct niche among the Revivalist homes lining Cedar Road. The house represents an early example of the exquisite craftsmanship and original vision of architect-published plans for suburban homes around the turn of the century. Emphasizing the horizontal in its two-story plan, No. 24 features a slate roof with deep eaves and wood trim, styled with a stucco exterior and supported by a fieldstone foundation. A history of only minor renovations means that the house hews close to Wigglesworth’s original plan, which earned No. 24 its designation as a Significant Historic Building in Belmont. Original Carolina pine flooring upstairs and down marks the building’s history; over harvesting of longleaf pine stands down the eastern seaboard threatened this versatile tree, and its commercial use ceased, making No. 24’s floors something of a rarity. Though Wigglesworth constructed a number of homes in Belmont, mostly Colonials, the unique design of No. 24 makes it a notable gem. 

 

Property Details 

A beautiful foyer—outfitted in wainscoting—welcomes you to the home. At the foyer’s end, two elegant columns sheathed in molding frame the entry to the centerpiece of the house. French doors open to this generous double living room, brightened by a bay window over the central seating area and by additional windows over the secondary seating area at the east end. A handsome coffered ceiling compliments floor-to-ceiling paneling painted white. Bench seating flanks the fireplace in the northeast corner, making for a secluded reading nook. Varnished wood paneling outfits this cozy niche—also home to a relief of the mythical Greek King Oenomaus on his chariot. w Ample morning sun and the privacy of the trees and hedge make the solarium a perfect spot for your morning coffee. At the west end a set of decorative, small French doors connects the living room to a spacious dining room well-suited to entertaining. This room features a built in china cabinet and a closet. Two additional rooms occupy the southern corners of the first floor, also featuring wainscoting. The office to the east boasts its own screened-in porch that can open to the solarium. The room to the west has built-in shelves suggesting a library or children’s’ playroom. A powder room sits between this room and the dining room. The spacious U-shaped plan of the kitchen currently features a breakfast nook and capacious counters and cabinets. With some renovation this could expand into an eat-in kitchen with a family room. An unfinished basement provides generous storage capacity. 

 

Accessible from the foyer or kitchen, the second floor features six bedrooms with excellent lighting and large closets. The two-room primary bedroom suite includes a full bath that could easily expand via renovations to the small laundry room next door. Two additional full baths, one with a freestanding tub, serve the other four bedrooms. The elevated hillside vantage of the north-facing windows offers a scenic view of Belmont. A staircase leads to a large unfinished attic ripe for expansion. Full-canopied tall trees border the property, which is also bounded by a tall hedge in the backyard. A garden featuring a stone path that winds through a plethora of perennials, shrubs, and small trees enlivens the front façade, which faces south. 

 

A large two-car garage abuts the back yard on its west side. Built in a matching style at the same time as the house, the garage complements the property and offers good space for gardening materials. A long driveway provides ample parking capacity for your guests. 

 

Situated on the corner of Cedar and Highland, No. 24 sits on an 11,492 square foot lot in the desirable Fairmont-Cedar-Hillcrest neighborhood. The new Wellington elementary school and the Chenery middle school are each within four blocks of Cedar Road, with the nearly- completed high school just one block past the Wellington. Half-way between Belmont Center and Cushing Square, the environs provide a variety of restaurants, recreational facilities (including a yoga studio, gym, and community pool), a library, book store, drug store, shops, and other services. A Commuter Rail train stop in Belmont Center and two bus routes make Boston and Cambridge easily accessible, as is also Rt. 128 with a convenient car ride. Bike lanes offer invigorating alternate paths to the city.  

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Features & Details

First Floor

  • An entry foyer with elegant columns frame the entry to the home.  
  • French doors open to a double living room with coffered ceiling, floor-to-ceiling white paneling and fireplace with bench seating.  
  • A solarium abuts the great room to the east, overlooking backyard with lush, mature plantings. 
  • French doors open to a spacious dining room that is ideal for entertaining.  
  • On the southern corners of the first floor are two additional rooms. The office to the east flows to a screened-in porch that can open to the solarium. The room to the west would make a lovely library or children’s’ playroom.  
  • There is a powder room off the hall.  
  • The spacious U-shaped kitchen currently has breakfast nook and capacious counters and cabinets. With renovation this could expand into an eat-in kitchen with family room.  

 

Second Floor

  • The second-floor features six sunny bedrooms with large closets.  
  • The two-room primary bedroom suite includes a full bath and separate laundry room. 
  • Two additional full baths serve the other four bedrooms.  
  • The elevated hillside vantage offers a scenic view of Belmont.  
  • A staircase leads to a large unfinished attic for expansion.  

 

Basement

  • There is a staircase from the kitchen to a large, unfinished basement. 

 

The Grounds

  • Tall trees border the property as well as a tall hedge in the backyard. A garden with a stone path winds through the landscape of perennials, shrubs, and small trees that enlivens the south front façade. 

 The Grounds

  •  A large two-car garage abuts the back yard on the west side. Built in a matching style to the house, the garage offers good space for gardening materials. A long driveway provides additional parking for guests.

The Location

  • Situated on the corner of Cedar and Highland, No. 24 sits on an 11,492 square foot lot in the desirable Fairmont-Cedar-Hillcrest neighborhood.  
  • The new Wellington elementary school and the Chenery middle school are each within four blocks of Cedar Road, with the nearly-completed high school just one block past the Wellington. 
  • Close to Belmont Center and Cushing Square, there are a number of restaurants, as well as recreational facilities, a library, book store, drug store, shops, and other services.  
  • A Commuter Rail train stop in Belmont Center and two bus routes make Boston and Cambridge easily accessible, as is also Rt. 128 with a convenient car ride. Bike lanes offer invigorating alternate paths to the city. 

    Additional Detail

  • Electric: combination fuse box & circuit breaker panel. There’s evidence of knob & tube wiring 
  • Hot water boiler by gas (2019) on 2 zones – one for the kitchen and the other for the rest of the house. 
  • Water heater by gas (2014 with a 10-year warrantee) 
  • New dehumidifier  
  • Air conditioning on the second floor  
  • Slate roof  
  • Lot size: 11,492 sq ft  
  • Interior size: 3,686 sq ft. 
  • Taxes FY 2021: $27,036 (Town of Belmont assessment: $1,691,000 
  • Property is being sold “As Is”  

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