Upton Cape impresses with custom woodwork throughout 158 South St., Upton; $599,900

By John R. Ellement GLOBE STAFF JUNE 11, 2015
It was an unusual decision that had a marvelous result. When the current owners had this oversized Cape built, they took on the task of finishing every room themselves. It took 5½ years, but the attention to detail and custom woodwork shows there is nothing amateur about what these “This Old House” fans did.

Off the main entry, a pair of French doors leads to the study and its built-in cabinetry, floor-to-ceiling wainscoting, antique reproduction sconces, and a fireplace mantel based on a design from Norm Abrams’s “New Yankee Workshop.”
Across the hall, the formal dining room is rich in tall baseboards and crown dentil molding.

The circa 1900 chandelier (not included in the sale, but negotiable) showcases the intricate “Arbutus” wallpaper by 19th-century designer William Morris.

The dining room leads to the eat-in kitchen, which features high-end stainless-steel appliances, custom birch cabinets with lighting above and below, a center island with room for two stools, and an accent wall of white subway tiles that mimics the backsplash.

From here, the ceiling height grows to nine feet in the step-down family room whose focal point is a handmade wood mantel that counterpoints Morris’s “Willow Boughs” wallpaper and is flanked by windowed nooks.

The flooring in the home is white oak, including on the second floor, which has the classic attributes of a Cape — the rooms are shaped by the roof lines and dormers — but none of its limitations.

In the master suite, the bedroom features two large dormers that channel sunlight into the space with dramatic effect, and it is large enough to easily accommodate a king-sized bed.

The full bath comes with a deep soaking tub, a double vanity with black granite countertop, a separate shower, and a water closet. The sitting room is conveniently located next to the walk-in closet.

The other two bedrooms offer good closet space and, like the master, are sunny and airy because the rear dormer runs the length of the second floor.

The basement is partially finished (but not by the homeowner) and includes a media room with a propane-gas fireplace, custom sconces, crown molding, aboveground windows, and laminate flooring. The bath with shower boasts a polished-marble floor. There is a large workshop space and an office. The home, set on a hill on 2.68 acres, has a two-car garage and an ipe deck.

Judy Leonelli of Millennium Realty in Mendon will hold an open house on Sunday, June 14, from noon to 2 p.m.


Style: Cape

Year built: 1999

Square feet: 3,469

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 3 full, one half

Water/Sewer: Private

Taxes: $8,905 (2015)


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John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe. Send listings to homeoftheweek@globe.com. Please note: We do not feature unfurnished homes and will not respond to submissions we won’t pursue.

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