1921 Colonial Revival – Lunenburg, MA

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Posted September 2016. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 9/21/16   -   Last OHD Update: 11/4/18   -   30 Comments
Lunenburg, MA 01462
  • $499,800
  • 5 Bed
  • 4.5 Bath
  • 5758 Sq Ft
  • 3.5 Ac.
Welcome to The Grado Estate home, located in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods available! This one of a kind retreat has been in the same ownership for over 50 Years! This grand estate offers over 5800 square feet of living on 2 levels with an additional 1,300+sf in the walk up 3rd finished living level! This exquisite home has 7 fireplaces, all rebuilt with NEW liners!. Sited on 3 1/2 acres of flat usable land and set back over 100 feet off the road! Be prepared to be amazed upon entering through the centrally located front door into the grand foyer with the winding staircase! Off the foyer is the sunken living room with a fireplace and classic Italian woodwork that spans the full depth of the home. The solarium offers an excellent opportunity to naturally maintain any indoor plantings and herbs. Rear patio, spanning the length of the home offers clear views of the outstanding backyard with potential for in-ground pool! SO much character in this home at such a great price!
Last Active Agent
David Giannetta, Keller Williams Realty,
(978) 692-3280
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30 Comments on 1921 Colonial Revival – Lunenburg, MA

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  1. AvatarAnne M. says: 559 comments

    Wow, that’s some house! Is it me, or does some of it look a lot older than 1921? The landscaping is gorgeous as is that grand staircase.

    • AvatarDon Carleton says: 249 comments

      I agree with you that this is a great house, but the features shown look pretty spot on to me for an ambitious colonial-revival suburban/country residence or clubhouse of the 1920s.

  2. JullesJulles says: 532 comments

    What an incredible house. The Colonial elements are well done without being overpowering. The house looks like it is has been kept original. It is large and grand without being ostentatious. It is a home not an estate. I’m still trying to figure out what the stone projection is in the round sunroom/greenhouse. Any guesses?

    • Avatarmtmslg says: 6 comments

      Looks like it might be a waterfall!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4558 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      That is weird.

      • AvatarMrsrr says: 3 comments

        When the conservatory heats up the waterfall provides the moisture for the plants. Genius really.

  3. AvatarChrisICU says: 557 comments

    Nice house. Wondering what’s the monthly heating bill though.

  4. AvatarDaystar says: 48 comments

    OMG! I TOTALLY love this, and I don’t normally like homes like this….I really want to know what the stone projection in the round conservatory is, fountain? Anybody know anything about this girl? And what is the stone fence in the pictures around? Beautiful staircase, can totally see ladies in big ball gowns just gliding down

  5. AvatarZoomey says: 501 comments

    Beautiful house. It does look original. I love it just as it is! The bathrooms are amazing! I love those old toilets with the huge tanks! Can’t see the sink, but it looks like one of those old curved front ones, which I also love. There’s something extra in every room: fireplaces, dressing table, old beams, beautiful paneling, closets, bookshelves, the beams in the kitchen (those look really old, I wonder if there’s an older section of the house?). That big stone thing in the sunroom is mysterious. I’m guessing fountain? I could sure use all those closets in the third floor!

  6. JimHJimH says: 4204 comments
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    A fine house associated with interesting owners. It was built for Arnold C. Dickinson (1887-1964), who was involved in his family’s wholesale grocery and real estate businesses and invested in aviation in the 1920’s. With his father, he built a dam on property behind the house which formed the 200 acre Hickory Hills Lake, and the lots sold around it became a successful real estate venture. He built an airfield and invested with Igor Sikorsky in the world’s first successful helicopter company, and he served as president of Sikorsky Aircraft, now a huge defense contractor.
    The more recent owners were John Grado Jr. (1927-2014), a successful industrial engineer and executive with Fitchburg Paper, and his wife. Kay Grado (1935-2016) was an energetic woman who, among many other things, managed the restoration of the fabulous Fay Club in Fitchburg.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4558 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Dickinson had great taste on top of remarkable success. Cool. Thx Jim.

  7. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 263 comments

    I was born to live in a home like this. 😀

  8. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 793 comments

    Kelly, what a treat you had in store for us with this listing!

    That bathroom! The conservatory! That kitchen!

  9. AvatarDevon Hoerner says: 58 comments

    I love this!! Not crazy about how low the beams in the kitchen are though.. What a great place to hold weddings and parties though.. I’d do a B&B…

  10. Avatardreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1260 comments

    Picking my jaw up from floor, I need to win a lottery … it’s one thing to purchase this grand old lady, but another to run it … WOW

  11. AvatarBethany says: 2661 comments

    Ditto everyone else’s comments, plus: how is this so affordable? Lower asking price than my average family residence here in SoCal.

    • AvatarJosephFortHill says: 314 comments

      I think you answered your own question. It’s not in SoCal.

      • AvatarBethany says: 2661 comments
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        Escondido, CA

        I know, I always figure in the “weather tax” but even so, this seems like a million dollar property to me! Amazing!

  12. AvatarLeslie K says: 1 comments

    My dream bathroom!!

  13. AvatarCandi says: 30 comments

    Pictures 12, 13 and 14 just seem like they should be to a different house, I don’t know why but I kept going back to them. I was thinking “that’s the kitchen for this house?” I think my favorite thing about this house is the stone wall outside, I just love that. There are many features in this one I like but again “that’s the kitchen for this house?”

  14. SueSue says: 1175 comments
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    1802 Cape

    When I was a nanny I ended up in many houses like this that were summer residences for those that lived in the city. Most in the family for decades. What a treat it was to explore them. Often these houses stay the same over the years because the philosophy is never to replace anything that isn’t broken. Even the grand furniture had holes, worn places, scratches and chips. All of that kept the houses as homes and not cold mansions. I wouldn’t change much in this beauty either.

  15. AvatarNan says: 15 comments

    This home is affordable because it is in a rural part of Massachusetts, not really accessible to any major metropolitan area. In Boston proper, this home would be selling for over 7 million easily.

    Additionally, imagine the heating bill for this home and the cost of the lawn up keep? A home in SoCal would be on a postage size lot and may not even require heating beyond a month or so…

    • AvatarBethany says: 2661 comments
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      Escondido, CA

      Even for rural, it seems like a steal to me! 🙂 So jealous! As long as my husband’s job keeps us out here, I will never get to have a house like this. Insert sad face! I want to correct some misconceptions people may hold about SoCal however: We have a couple acres of land, not every house has 0 lot lines. It’s a big state with plenty of property, just not in the “city.” We are about a half hour from downtown San Diego. And, we use either the AC or heat for at least 7 months of the year. Thank goodness for solar!

      • AvatarJosephFortHill says: 314 comments

        I go through the area at least a couple times a month. I wouldn’t describe it so much as rural,as it is small town. While it is accessible to Boston – and even the commuter rail isn’t too far away,it is not a “status” town. So many of these “nicest house in town” places belonged to the local mill owner, bank owner or other local bigwig. Now the money that would purchase and support a place like this is not going to come from Lunenberg, but from a Boston area investment banker, etc. And you are unlikely to find one that wants to own the grandest estate in a less than premier location. Another issue with these singular homes is that people want to be among their peers; that would be unlikely here.

  16. RosewaterRosewater says: 4558 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Stunning Master bath.. O —- M —- G………..

  17. AvatarMatt Z says: 87 comments

    This home’s design totally reminds me of the house from The Money Pit! Even the circular staircase! Beautiful place.

  18. AvatarJennifer HT says: 796 comments

    THAT BATH! I need a fainting couch after that. This is a beautiful home.

  19. AvatarSusan S. says: 55 comments

    I agree with you, Candi– I love everything in this house but the kitchen. Looks like you would hit your head on those beams and it’s so dark and claustrophobic!

  20. AvatarKrystal says: 60 comments

    Wow. I want to have so many lawn parties on that property. And decorate that staircase/entry way for Christmas. Those were my two immediate thoughts from this house, lol. This listing is just beautiful! I hope it goes to someone wonderful and appreciative!

  21. AvatarK9 says: 2 comments

    Wonderful home. Hope the next owners keep with the understated colonial elegance and not redo in the 2017 mcmansion-modern-eclectic fad.

    Tax assessment is high. Probably heating bill as well.

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