19 Colchester St, Brookline, MA 02446
Built in 1865 and set in 0.6 acres with lawns and lush plantings. This French Second Empire style residence is approached by a semicircular gravel carriage driveway. A rarity for its era, the façade is clad in rough flatstone granite with sandstone quoins accenting the corners and framing the windows and the granite-stooped center entrance. Lavish leafy cast-iron cresting with end finials grace the top roofline. Of historic importance, this was the residence of real estate and insurance businessman and author Robert Apthorp Boit (1846-1919). Robert Boit published the novel Eustis in 1884 and his family history, The Boit Family and Their Descendants, in 1915. Robert was a brother of painter Edward Darley Boit, whose daughters were the subjects of John Singer Sargent’s 1882 painting The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, which hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts. Resplendent in original architectural detail, the residence offers 8,124sf of living space with grand scale entertaining rooms, a library, modern kitchen, spa room, 8 bedrooms, 7 fireplaces, an elevator and an independent guest suite/apartment. A handsome detached barn with high gambrel slate roof provides a garage and workshop on the first floor and two rooms on the second floor for a studio, fitness facility or home office. This central location is near Boston’s Longwood Medical and Academic Area and the Green Line’s Longwood T station. Other area amenities include schools; Monmouth Street Park and Hall’s Pond Sanctuary; markets and numerous restaurants and coffeehouses. There is easy access to Boston’s Back Bay and all that the city has to offer.