Newton home blends new technology, period touches

59 Hyde Ave., Newton

photos by Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Charles S. Jacobs and his wife, Hope, have refreshed this late 19th-century home by drawing on what Jacobs calls his “aesthetic sensibility and an attention to critical details” flowing from a career in which he has restored antiques and created a management consulting business that brings brain science into the boardroom.

A living room alcove highlights the balance between preservation and technology: A curving window seat rests underneath a wireless sound system with recessed speakers in the ceiling and is framed by a Victorian-style window treatment. The living room contains
a marble-framed gas fireplace and French doors that lead to a sitting room with built-in bookshelves. Across the foyer is the dining room with exquisite leaded-glass cabinets, the perfect place to enjoy a vintage from the horseshoe-shaped wine cellar in the pristine basement.

The spacious kitchen offers a prep island with sink, high-end stainless-steel appliances, including a gas stove, and long-leaf pine cabinets, some of which have clear-glass doors.


The four-room master suite includes a walk-in closet with a window seat, a sitting room, a fireplace, a sun-splashed sleeping area, and a master bath with an oval soaking tub on a pedestal of cherry — a visual connection to the curvy railing in the second-floor foyer. The master bath also offers a separate shower and a dark granite counter atop white cabinets. Sharing the second floor are three bedrooms, the smallest of which is 180 square feet, a full bath, and a laundry room that boasts an oval window with leaded glass.

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The third floor is as distinctive as the rest of the house. Now an office/library/fitness area, the main space has 20 bookshelves, including many built-ins, with bull’s-eye rosettes. The bedroom on this floor is large and sunny, and there is a full bath. Also on this level: a walk-in cedar closet.

The updated carriage house, which contains a kitchenette and a half bath overlooking the rectangular in-ground pool and cabana, also holds a three-car garage.

Sherri A. Quist of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Jamaica Plain is the listing broker.

Price: $3.45 million


Style: Colonial Revival

Built: 1890

Bedrooms: 5

Rooms: 12

Bathrooms: 3 full, 2 half


Square feet: 5,010

Sewer: Public

Taxes: $26,681 (2014)

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