Sunday, July 3, 2011

Video of 0 Lyons Hill Rd | Athol, Massachusetts real estate & homes - As you pass through these gates you will leave behind the world as you know it.  Every care, every stress will soon disappear as you ascend the mile long drive to your own private sanctuary.  Feel the anticipation build with every turn through the wilderness. Suddenly you have arrived in paradise.

Perched at the highest point in town this 4800 SF luxury chalet offers commanding views far beyond its 224 acres of undisturbed land.  Five eighths of a mile of frontage on Secret Lake provides for year round recreation.

The four year project began in the 90’s.  Designed with ultimate comfort and conversation in mind, this skillfully crafted post and beam villa offers casual and formal spaces.  Soaring ceilings add to the sense of grandeur.  Floor to ceiling walls of glass bring the outside in and drench the home with natural sunlight.

Every custom detail has been  carefully designed, all materials painstakingly selected using natural resources.  The two kitchens and butler pantry provide for the ultimate entertainment preparation areas and encourage participation by all. Corian countertops, stained glass cabinet fronts and Italian tile flooring will please the most discriminating gourmand.  While there is a gas stove for those preferring conventional cooking methods, the wood fueled Grand Herald Stove contributes to the rustic ambiance that makes this property so unique.

Off the kitchen you might find the hidden half bath defined by a wall of stone.  Another full bath on the first level offers the ultimate in luxury with its clawfoot soaking tub. Laundry is no chore  in the massive  laundry room featuring  skylights and two full-size windows with a view. One of four plus large bedrooms featuring large windows and skylights is also on the first level.

Food preparation in this open concept home never keeps the one from participating in the socializing. The majority of the first floor is designed for optimal traffic flow and intimacy.

Two gas fueled fireplaces provide for warmth and conversation. But the piéce-de-resistance is the sunken grand hearth gathering area that  is the true anchor of the home. This architectural masterpiece says “stay a while, play a board game,  make some memories.”  Hardwood floors throughout provide for elegant simplicity. Central vacuum ensures ease of cleaning. Walls of glass provide for everlasting panoramic views and an abundance of natural light.

After a long day, retreat to the other three bedrooms on the second level doesn’t mean the grandeur ends.

Two bedrooms connected by a loft area afford hardwood floors, beamed ceilings and endless views as all other rooms in this custom built manse.

Accessed by a spiral staircase, the private master suite has its own full bath with clawfoot tub and a “bridge” to an indoor sitting area and private balcony overlooking the professionally landscaped grounds.

Originally designed to be completely self-sufficient,  green features include  solar panels; 3 fireplaces;  Grand Herald Stove; private well and private septic.  Electricity was added later yet this is an extremely efficient home with low operating expenses.

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