Real estate

Home of the Week

Gold-leaf ceilings, footbridge distinguish Needham contemporary

82 Cutler Road, Needham; $2,999,000

Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe
This 6.888-square-foot contemporary in Needham has five bedrooms and four full and two half baths.

It’s posh. It’s chic. It’s ritzy and a little bit fun (case in point: the silvery Tuscan columns in the living room).

It all starts outside, where a sharply arched entrance leads into a foyer with 20-foot ceilings, an open space bisected above by a footbridge. The foyer flows into the sunken living room. Here, 20-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows allow in torrents of sunlight and complement the light-colored stone fireplace of equal height whose mirrors reflect the expanse. A wet bar stands unobtrusively in one corner.

Also off the foyer, the dining room, a space like no other, has textured wallpaper, gold leaf in the shadow box tray ceiling, and a chandelier made of small glass balls draped along black metal arms. Recessed lighting and a dark-stained hardwood floor help pull it all together.


The kitchen is large yet intimate, thanks to a cozy breakfast area positioned next to a slider that opens to a deck. Birch cabinets with granite tops and backsplashes line the walls, and high-end appliances — some stainless steel, others clad in wood — are nestled within. A multilevel island with glass-block accents offers seating for three, a perfect perch for chatting with the chef.

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An office that has built-in cabinetry with mirrored-back shelving, a family room with dark cabinetry, and two half baths (including one with a gold leaf ceiling) complete the first floor.

The master suite — which has a shadow box tray ceiling, a walk-in closet with a dressing area, a black vanity with dark granite counters and dual sinks, a marble floor, a separate shower, and a whirlpool tub with a view of conservation land — takes up a third of the second floor. This level also contains a laundry room and three more bedrooms: Two share a bath with dual vanities, and the third has its own en suite.

The lowest level of the home features lighted insets for displaying artwork, a second family room with a bar and French doors to a patio, laundry facilities, a kitchenette, and a bedroom with an en suite bath that has a changing room.

The backyard of this one acre lot abuts Needham Town Forest and features a heated in-ground pool.


The home’s three-car garage holds a surprise — a double oven, refrigerator, and freezer for the caterers.

Michael Shaffer of Century 21 Commonwealth in Needham is the listing broker.


Style: Contemporary

Year built: 1995

Square feet: 6,888

Bedrooms: 5

Baths: 4 full, 2 half

Sewer/water: Public

Taxes: $19,743 (2015)

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