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401 Edmands Road, Framingham

The driveway leading to 401 Edmands Road winds five hundred feet back from the street through a tunnel of trees, following the line of an ancient stone wall. The present owner’s parents designed and built this four bedroom, three bath home in 1959-60 and it has been in the family ever since. “It’s been built and maintained with loving care,” says the current owner, and the effort shows.

The front door opens to a small foyer with one double-sized closet, stairs to an attic storage area, and a striking view of the back yard and forest beyond through the large windows on the south wall of the living room.

The living room itself is a masterpiece. Vaulted ceilings and wooden beams combine with the window view to give an amazing feeling of space. The north wall has a Vermont marble fireplace, hued to slightly offset the blue wall-to-wall carpeting. Soft recessed lighting aims up from the wooden frame above and to the side of the mantelpiece, with built-in bookshelves taking up the rest of the north wall. The room is spacious without sacrificing coziness

To the side of the living room is a small dining room with a large picture-window view of the back. The room is carpeted in blue. From the dining room a swinging door gives access to the screened-in three-season porch, with access to the kitchen and stairs down to the back yard.

The large kitchen has a breakfast nook with skylight and attached laundry room. Hardwood floors offset the white corian and stainless steel counters. Every convenience is here: regular and bar sinks, double ovens, dishwasher, disposal, refrigerator/freezer, glass-cook range, and built-in countertop Kitchen Aid center for blending, food processing, etc. The ample cabinet space is painted in white. Here’s the kicker: the kitchen has a red brick chimney with space for a hibachi or other small barbecue grill. The chimney draws the smoke out of the house, and you can charcoal-grill all year round!

A hallway leads from the grill area back to the foyer, where another hall leads to the main level bedrooms. The master bedroom is done in white with hardwood floors and built-in drawer chest and desk units. Two pocket-doored double closets with built-in shelves take up one wall, while the window opposite views a magnificent dark-paint dogwood tree. A large picture window creates an expansive view of the forest in back, while new triple-honeycomb window shades block out the sun on hot days.

The large master bath is tiled in an off-white. It has two sinks, a large shower bath and a picture window with triple-honeycomb shades.

One guest bedroom lies on the right of the main hallway. It has a pocket-doored closet, a standard closet, hardwood floors and five vertical windows. The other guest bedroom around the corner. It’s secluded and quiet, with hardwood floors, one quadruple-sized closet with built-in shelves and four windows on each wall.

Two linen closets flank the guest bathroom. It is tiled in blue, with a double-sized curtained shower and built-in medicine cabinet.

Stairs lead from the kitchen down to the lower level, a great space for a teenager or use as a full-featured guest suite. The stairs open on a large family room with new carpeting and white-painted walls. A red brick fireplace sits on a raised hearth on the north wall. The south wall is all windows, with good views of the lawn and forest in the back. A small kitchenette sits on the side with a sink, small refrigerator and microwave. A door opens directly out to the yard.

The lower level has a bedroom with two windows, double pocket-doored closet, concrete floors and an acoustic ceiling. The room is the same size and proportion as the master bedroom above. A door leads from the bedroom to a full bath with cream-colored walls and a tiled stall shower.

A two-car garage is accessible from the first level, with additional parking available in front. The house has central air conditioning and oil heat, as well as an alarm system. All of the large windows on the south wall are covered in 3M insulation film to minimize heat loss.

The family room has access to a large workshop and storage area, as well as the furnace and controls for the 40’ x 20’ fiberglass/granite swimming pool. A grey stone patio flanks the pool.

Stone walls, terraces and flower beds are the standout feature of the back yard—every wall and level was designed and put in by the original owner/builder. Much of the current lawn was once a vegetable garden, and could be used that way in the future. The lawn is ringed by deciduous and evergreen trees, giving the space a feeling of serenity.

“The seclusion here is wonderful,” says the current owner. Luckily, said seclusion doesn’t come at the price of convenience: the house sits five minutes from routes 30, 9 and 495; shopping in Framingham is an easy walk. As an added bonus, the local school bus stops at the end of the front driveway.