Photo: Up on “The Hll.”
A recap of residential properties sold in the past seven-plus days in the “Town of Homes”:
• 135 Radcliffe Rd., Classic brick ranch (1954). Sold: $620,000. Listed at $629,000. Living area: 1,441 sq.-ft. 10 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. On the market: 75 days.
When I saw the photos of the interior of the brick ranch on Radcliffe Road, I had a flashback of visiting my uncle’s house in Chelmsford back in the late 60s: the low ceilings, the rough wood paneling, the color scheme.
The town records show that the house never needed a permit to do additional work, and the house was conveyed to a trust in 1992. So it has been in the hands of the people who built the house in 1954 and their heirs.
The house has an almost museum atmosphere with the interior wonderfully maintained with many of the original fixtures and features untouched in more than 60 years: the stone fireplace, kitchen cabinets (although the appliances have been updated), the original 1950s-styled bathroom and a custom bar (!) right out of a 1960s television show.
And all this for a bargain: $620,000.
Radcliffe is a peculiar road in that it changes from being Scott Road at the point where your backyard has a “view” of Route 2. It’s like a demarcation line; you have the cars out your back door, you don’t. I wonder if the name change wasn’t a not-so-subtle way for the town to effectively “redline” the neighborhood?
All said, the neighborhood has the reputation of being a nice section of Belmont Hill with mid-range single families that counters the perception the value of every residential on “The Hill” must be in the seven figures.