1 Fuller Place
Square feet: 3,114
Just a block from Brattle Street, behind the American Repertory Theater, this house sits in a rare quiet nook of Harvard Square. It was originally owned by Edith Davenport Fuller, a librarian at the Episcopal Theological School, and it is still filled with bookshelves. H.A. and Margret Rey, creators of the “Curious George” series, lived across the street.
The house’s entrance opens into a bright foyer lined with Italian tiles. To the right, the expanded kitchen – including a 1995 addition with skylight – is more than 20 feet long. The rest of the first floor is divided into a dining room and library, each with a corner fireplace, and a living room that looks out on Hilliard Street. The fireplaces in the house, three in all, are ornate carved wood and brick. The house has two staircases: the grand staircase near the entrance and a smaller back staircase from the kitchen.
The master bedroom is on the second floor, and an attached room has been turned into a dressing/sitting room, with three closets and a fireplace. The dressing room, which opens into the master bath, also has a laundry area. Another second-floor bedroom has wide pine floorboards. Two more bedrooms and a smaller room are on the carpeted third floor, which has a full bathroom.
The house has a private entrance and yard, though it is attached to another house with an entrance on Hilliard Street. The building sits in the Half Crown-Marsh Neighborhood Conservation District, which means some alterations must be approved by a local historic commission. The basement has an office, exercise room, and additional storage space. There is no driveway. This house, by custom, has three parking spaces on Fuller Place. Viewing is by appointment with listing agent Sandra Berke of Hammond Real Estate.