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Serves you right

The remarkable kitchens in these homes have butler’s pantries.

236 ISLINGTON ROAD / NEWTON

  • $2.275 MILLION

  • SQUARE FOOTAGE 4,086

  • LOT SIZE 0.47 acre

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 3 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $1.81 million in 2007

  • PROS Constructed circa 1870 with a 2007 addition, this former servant’s quarters isn’t cookie-cutter. The entrance is flanked by a sit ting room and a den that share a beautiful oak floor with an inlay design. The eat-in kitchen features a stainless Thermador double oven and gas stove top, a Sub-Zero fridge with a panel front that matches the cherry cabinets, an island with storage on three sides, and a butler’s pantry with granite counters and a wine fridge. The master suite offers a claw-foot tub with jets, a tray ceiling, dual vanities, and custom closets. CONS The fifth bedroom, on the third floor, doesn’t have a bathroom.

  • Patricia Baker, Keller Williams Realty, 617-872-0033, patriciasellshomes.com


Marek Biela

215 SOUTH AVENUE / WESTON

  • $2.995 MILLION

  • SQUARE FOOTAGE 7,580

  • LOT SIZE 2.58 acre

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 5 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $1.025 million in 1999

  • PROS Despite an extensive makeover, this 1907 mansion retains much of its original detail. The owner, a North End restaurateur, made the kitchen the focus: There’s a Wolf range next to a separate faucet ideal for filling pasta pots, a center island with a prep sink, a Thermador double oven, a stone fireplace, a walk-in pantry, and a Sub-Zero fridge. The butler’s pantry features a third sink, a second dishwasher, two more refrigerators, and granite counters. The master suite has four large closets, a sitting room, a fireplace, and a soaking tub, while three of the other bedrooms have en suite baths. The basement adds about 1,500 square feet of living space. CONS A floral-patterned toilet and sink look out of place in a bath off a billiards room.

  • Jared Wilk, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co., 617-817-3827, 215southavenue.com

  • — Eileen McEleney Woods

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