Have $24.5 million? Weston mansion is an abode above all

Kendall Hatch

Looking to relocate? A nice home just hit the market in Weston.

If you long for a quaint, small place to put your feet up, relax, and never have to worry about getting lost in your own home, this abode might not fit your style.

Those who want their new digs to include a hair salon, private spa, home theater and a waterfall, however, can step to the front of the line. Interested buyers should also be prepared to have their wallets become $24.5 million lighter.

The house, located at 5 Willow Road, is one of the most expensive homes for sale in the state. The 33,000-square-foot, six-bedroom mansion sits on the site of the former Cabot Estate, home of the late Thomas D. Cabot, a Massachusetts business mogul and philanthropist.

The house was designed by Boston architect Jeremiah Eck, a former lecturer in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Construction of the first phase of the house was completed in 2003 and the basement was finished last year, said Beth Dickerson, of Sotheby's International Realty.

According to the Weston Assessor's office, the property is owned by the Grace & Harwood Nominee Trust - with venture capitalist Christopher Grace and Kelley Harwood named as trustees.

Eric Berman, the communications director at the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, said few home sales in recent memory have even approached the asking price for the Weston estate, citing a sale of a Brookline home in 2007 for $14 million as the highest he could remember.

Berman said that over the past five years, 11 homes sold in Weston for between $5 million and $9.9 million. During the same time period, only one in town sold for more than $10 million, and only seven statewide.

Even in the sour real estate market, sales in towns like Weston, Wellesley, Sherborn and Natick have fared well, said Dickerson, who, along with Julie Harrison, is the broker for the listing.

"We have seen no negative effects on the high-end, upscale sales since many homeowners are currently building $20 million-plus homes in neighborhoods as we speak," Harrison said.

She added that the home in Weston is actually a pretty good deal - the math comes out to about $750 per square foot. She said that to build a similar home would run the buyer in the range of $1,000 per square foot.

Dickerson said she could only think of two properties on the market in the state in the same price range as the Weston home - both in Brookline with price tags of around $15 million and $25 million, respectively.

The median price for single-family homes sold in the state from January to November was $289,000, Berman said. By comparison, the median price for the same time frame in Weston was $1,250,000.

Touring the behemoth home and the surrounding property can easily take hours. The 33-room Arts and Crafts-inspired house sits on more than 13 acres adjacent to the Weston Country Club.

Inside the home, mahogany floors span the rooms that aren't wall-to-wall carpeted. The house contains 13 bathrooms - seven full and six half.

The mansion has a slate roof and a stone and mahogany facade, along with a three-story gallery in the center of the home, complete with wall-to-ceiling windows.

In the basement the visitor will find a bar, arts and crafts room, walk-in vault, staff locker room, pet grooming room and 846-bottle wine cellar.

Off the underground tunnel leading to the pool house there is a sauna, hot tub, gym and snack bar.

The house has an assessed value of $16,711,800 and a buyer could expect to pay about $184,000 in annual property taxes, according to the home's listing. More information on the home can be found at www.5willowroad.com

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