SOLD at $3,450,000



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This remarkable home was designed and built in 1951 by Roscoe Hemenway, one of Portland's preeminent architects. Hemenway, known for his Colonial Revival homes, designed this for the Theodore Wilcox family, and it is considered his finest work. The Wilcox family bequeathed the home to the Catholic Diocese in 1961, at which time it became locally known as "The Bishop's House." The current owners purchased in 1993 and have lived in this house longer than any previous occupant. At the turn of the 19th century an interest in revival style architecture grew. This Colonial style home is a classic example. A gabled and columned front facade gives the first hint at the attention to detail both inside and out. There are pedimented cornices, paired doors to both living and dining rooms, extensive crown moulding and the winding stair features paneled wainscoting as well as turned and twisted balusters. Bullet shaped hinges and massive circular door handles are just some of the hardware to be appreciated. Original to the house, and subsequently upgraded, is an elevator serving three floors from the basement up.

There is a walk through video HERE and another at the bottom of this page. Try looking at them both as they are very different experiences!

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Upon entering the 40 ft long living room one is struck by the volume which manages to feel both stately and cosy all at the same time. The large fireplace is centered on the exterior wall and provides much of that comfortable appeal. Two sets of french doors give out to the rear patio. The room is lit by wall sconces at each end matching those in the dining room and the chandelier hanging in the foyer, there is elegance everywhere you look. The dining room has been known to seat 36 for dinner, although 12 is certainly more comfortable! This room also boasts two sets of french doors and a bay window at one end. An ample closet will comfortably hold all the bone china and glassware ever needed.

Walking through the swing door to the kitchen/family/sunroom is a delight in space and warmth. The sunroom was added in 2008 and is a pleasure to sit in, what ever the weather. With its own dedicated air conditioning it is cool in the height of summer and the radiant heat (throughout the whole house) keeps it perfectly warm during the winter months. The stairway turns on a deep landing where there are bookcases and plants and spot to sit and read or have a giant jigsaw puzzle going for days. All the bedrooms are on the 2nd floor. The master suite shares a balcony with the bedroom at the other end, and there is a hot tub in the middle! Large enough for a king size and a considerable seating area, the room has an en-suite bathroom and dressing room.

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Three further bedrooms, all except one with its own bathroom are just up the hall. In the original configuration, there were “his and her” suites of identical size. At some point in the past ‘her’ suite was converted to two bedrooms. Continuing down and around you encounter the original servants quarters - two bedrooms sharing a bathroom at the end. A stairwell is here, bringing one back to the kitchen. Up on the third floor there is a library with wet-bar, a fully equipped theater and powder room. Finally, downstairs in the largely unfinished basement, there is a games room with pool table, a large safe, the elevator and 5 or 6 store rooms. Built in 1951 for Theodore Wilcox Jr

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8,512 sq ft finished / 3,576 sq ft additional in basement

6 bedrooms / 5 full baths, 3 powder rooms

Formal living room with wood burning fireplace

Formal dining room

Large gourmet kitchen with family room & sun room

3 fireplaces - living room, master bedroom & family

3rd floor library with wet bar and home theatre

Radiant heat throughout.

Air conditioning in most bedrooms and sun room

Fenced back yard with fountain feature and stone patio

Two car detached garage

Ainsworth, Sylvan & Lincoln Schools

2017-18 Property Taxes - $58,190 RMLS #17439607