Nestled among the trees atop Buttrick’s Hill at the end of a cul-de-sac, Turtle Hill enjoys views of the abutting Concord River and overlooks the huge expanse of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. This private estate was designed in 1998 by Stephen Hart of Hart Associates Architects and built by Thoughtforms. The approach through an electronic gate down a long gravel driveway past an apple orchard leads to the large cherry front door that opens to a welcoming front entry hall with limestone flooring and custom hand-painted Gracie wallpaper and faux finish woodwork. The room has a view through the living room to the incredible year-round views of Great Meadows. The estate derives its name Turtle Hill from the many turtles that use the river banks for nesting and laying their eggs. That is just one of the species that inhabit the property and riverfront to create a truly natural wonderland.
The house offers five bedrooms, six full baths, and six half-baths. There is a substantial guest or in-law apartment, indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The stately living room has a sitting room with wood-burning fireplace and a cherry library with gas fireplace on one side. The elegant dining features a hand-painted mural that wraps around the room and depicts Concord ‘s Walden Pond, Buttrick Mansion, The Old Manse and the North Bridge. The cherry butler’s pantry has storage drawers and silver cabinets with antique glass, Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher and wine cooler and a large utility storage closet. The large well-planned kitchen has a six-foot cherry grain edge island, wide plank heart pine floors, Thermador double ovens and six-burner gas cooktop, SubZero refrigerator/freezer, instant hot water, microwave and dishwasher. The sun-filled breakfast room is a great way to start the day. The large family room with massive stone fireplace adjoins the kitchen and has a screened porch with gas grill vented to the outside and a side balcony. A dog’s room with sleeping cubby, deep washing sink and automatic outside door goes out to the dog’s enclosed stone terrace. The mud room has an entry door and access to the four-car garage. A long hall with lighted display cabinets and elevator entry and sliding pocket doors with custom leaded glass design leads back to the front entry hall.
On the second floor are the master bedroom with balcony to the outdoors, sitting room with fireplace, dressing room and large master bath with double sinks, tub and shower. There are three other bedrooms, each with distinctive designs and views to the Great Meadows. A full one-bedroom apartment with kitchen and laundry and outside entry. The third floor has a large office, full bath, telescope room with balcony and a cedar closet.
The lower levels has entertainment features too numerous to mention. The centerpiece is a 60-foot lap pool, sauna and steam rooms, two dressing rooms with showers, an exercise room with resilient flooring, ballet bar and a large stone fireplace, full kitchen, potting room with soapstone sink., media theatre room. The lowest level has the mechanical rooms, a complete workshop, wine cabinets and a manager’s office area. The outside gardens and terraces are accessible from the main and lower levels. The infinity pool with waterfall and natural stone walls all take advantage of the setting. The well detailed house is planned to showcase natural materials and is surrounded by stone walls. It features 10’ ceilings, millwork by Herrick & White, top appliances, custom finishes, faux painting, marble and granite countertops. The back of the house faces south for natural sunlight. A paved path leads to a rustic river cabin beside the Concord River. The sophisticated fully integrated network system and lighting design, security systems, full house sprinkler, heated garage, hydro-air heating, air conditioning all make the home the perfect place to enjoy all the seasons. The combination of the finest craftsmen using the finest materials in a spectacular Stephen Hart design make Turtle Hill one of the finest landed estates in the Greater Boston area.
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