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We are proud to present this exceptional home. A true estate property located in the heart of Lexington! This grand, elegant, and updated Meriam Hill Colonial Revival mansion with Mediterranean accents is situated on a 39,000 s.f. lot that spans two of Lexington’s most admired streets, Somerset Rd. and Hancock Street, in Lexington Center. A gracious formal foyer is filled with light from both sides. Formal living room and library, each with a fireplace. A voluminous step-down solarium is the perfect place for morning coffee and evening cocktails. The kitchen has a professional grade Viking range, granite counters, cherry cabinets, and an eat-in breakfast room. A wet bar area transitions to a family room with a stone gas fireplace and a suite that could be an office or au pair. Two-car garage and a full basement with potential to be finished. Lush and professionally landscaped grounds with one of the biggest weeping hemlock trees in N. America. Old world artisan tile work and architectural moldings throughout.  Four fireplaces. A breathtaking property for those who value true craftsmanship + location, location, location!

Offered at $2,400,000. Private showings by appointment. Please use contact button. We will have public open houses Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, from 1:00-3:00 each day.

Meriam Hill

With a central location on a hill just behind Lexington’s historic center, steps from the Battle Green, Minuteman Bike Path, shops, and restaurants, Meriam Hill’s siting alone would make it a desirable neighborhood in which to live. However, couple that with any of the finest homes in town, and you understand why this beloved area is so coveted. Willard Brown (who designed the Cary Memorial Library), E.A.P. Newcomb, Allen & Kenway, and Walter Paine are just a few of the noted Boston and Lexington-area architects whose work is represented here. Indeed, a few of them lived here themselves.

Oakmount Castle (torn down in 1941)

The bike path, of course, used to be the train track, and the old Lexington Depot is located just at the bottom of the hill. Restored and used by the Lexington Historical Society today, the proximity of the Depot was a main selling point in the early days. As noted at the Lexington Historic Survey, Meriam Hill was developed in the late 19th century, and was:

…home to many of the influential citizens who helped to transform the town from a rural town to a prosperous suburb. Proximity to the depot made Meriam Hill a desirable place to settle for many Lexington professionals who worked in Boston. Most of the neighborhood residents knew each other from financial clubs and many had first come to Lexington as summer residents. A number of the buildings in the neighborhood are architect-designed. This area includes one property, the former Merriam Factory at 7-9 Oakland Street, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The names Meriam and Merriam are often confused. As the Survey goes on to explain:

The area takes its name from the pre-Revolutionary Meriam family who owned much of area in the 19th century. The hill was first divided into thirty-three house lots in the 1870s although construction did not take place until the 1880s. One of the first to buy was Matthew P. Merriam (no relation to the earlier Meriams) who purchased eight lots and established a shoe findings factory at 7-9 Oakland Street in 1882. The factory employed approximately thirty workers at a time, most of whom were women. In the late 19th century this was the largest manufacturing facility in Lexington. The building was later home to the Adams Press and later, the Lexington Press. In recent years the former factory was renovated for housing for victims of brain injury. At the age of 60 Matthew Merriam had a new house built across the street from the factory at 2 Oakland Street, designed by Boston architect Walter Paine who also designed the Hancock Church.

An old view of Stetson Street

 

The neighborhood is roughly contained within Adams Street, Hancock Street, Grant Street, Colony Road, and Massachusetts Avenue: