Where better to live than in a library? Completed in 1914, 16 Abbey Road #16, originally commissioned by William Bradford Homer Dowse, the Dowse Memorial Building was built as a gift for the Massachusetts town of Sherborn to house their free public library and historical society. What better origin story for your home than all of them? Or, perhaps, the ability to house all of them, and the time and leisure necessary to read, reflect, and ruminate upon your selections.
The exterior of the home is clad in substantial Jacobian-inspired brick with lime trimmings. How else does one house books, of course? This stable, stable environment not only conveyed the original builder’s desire to be remembered, but to also be the force behind such literary and scholarly endeavors—there is no better way to ensure eternal life than to impart it upon another. The exterior of the home is small-town-chic; there is a certain industrial nonchalance about the structure, a casual formality which allows for whimsy and indulgence as you grow into this home, which is fittingly located in a 55 plus community.
The light, bright interiors of 16 Abbey Road are quite the contrast to the stately, imposing exterior of this civic-building-turned-private-residence; instead of heavy wood paneling or wrought iron torchières, a comfortable schoolhouse simplicity enfolds to include vaulted ceilings, a crisp white kitchen, white wood half-paneling, windows everywhere. This is a home designed to constantly stimulate and interact with you while you are in residence—it welcomes and cherishes your presence.
The floor plans of the home reveal the enormous size and wonderful flow within the home; entertainment and engagement are the driving forces behind this plan. I can easily imagine tables of sweet and savory goodies, fluted glassware, and fine, special occasion china at the ready within this home. It’s charming, neighborly, inward facing pocket community design and integration only amplifies the delightful coziness and luxury this house exudes. This home would be an ideal place to spend curled up with a good book and a mug of tea at your elbow, always.
16 Abbey Road is a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, 4,300 square foot home with ample patio space located within the award-winning 55 plus community of Abbey Road. The home is currently listed by Teri Adler of Pinnacle Residential for $1,200,000.
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