There’s nothing quite like an outdoor space transformed into a serene oasis. In Massachusetts, we’ve found a home that sits “in the middle of a private arboretum full of exotic trees from around the world.” (It had us at “private arboretum.”)
On the market for $3.2 million, this marvelous home on 3 acres in Milton is located next to the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Nature Reserve. It’s a magical sanctuary filled with gorgeous perennial gardens and pathways to a nearby creek
The price has been reduced by 16% from the $3.8 million it was listed for in March.
“The secret garden in the backyard of this home is just a really cool space,” says listing agent Janice Bosworth, of Coldwell Banker Realty. “In the 1980s, the owner planted 250 rare and exotic trees. Over the years, some didn’t make it—while the others that remain have almost a Smithsonian-like cataloging.”
Though the property is priced above the town’s median of $449 per square foot, its museum-quality flora in the backyard makes it impossible to find a true comparable.
This property stands out among the traditional and Colonial-style homes in the area, and it’s just minutes from Boston.
The 4,700-square-foot home comes with a separate 2,250-square-foot art studio. Both were designed to blend in with the verdant setting.
“What’s really neat is there is just one TV on the property. They built the property around the land, so there are floor-to-ceiling windows around the back that offer just spectacular views of the garden,” says Bosworth. “The family spends all of their time enjoying the yard.”
The main home boasts a number of eco-friendly features, including a metal roof with conduits ready for solar panels, radiant floor heating, and a hydronic HVAC system.
“The outbuilding is really cool as well,” Bosworth adds. “The current owners are artists, so they use it as a studio, but you could transform it into a yoga studio or home office. There are industrial garage doors that open to a view of the backyard that is spectacular, and there is also heating and plumbing in the building as well as a stereo system.”
The current owners have geared the entire house around simplicity and nature, so Bosworth believes that will also be important to a new owner.
“The next owner will be someone who appreciates and is looking for that lifestyle,” she says. “It’s a place where you can feel completely isolated and far away from everything. It will be someone who appreciates simplicity, the beauty of the yard, and the convenience as well. You just open the back door and enjoy nature.”
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