124 Goden Street Belmont, MA 02478
A Timeless Home Welcomes Every Generation
In 2008, an inspired middle-schooler drew a Middle-earth-esque map of Belmont and labeled 124 Goden Street “The Shire.” In J.R.R. Tolken’s Lord of the Rings series, the Shire is described as a beautiful and fruitful land, beloved by its inhabitants. It is a gathering place, the place to which you always come home after every adventure.
When they bought the house – an antique farmhouse with a large wing that had been added in the 20’s - their kids were no longer babies and not yet adults. They wanted a place for them to come of age and to ground them as they set out in the world. A stable place where seasons come and go: a place of continuity, and a place of joy. And 124 Goden Street has been just that.
With its four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, it gave everyone their space and had the right balance of old and new. Much of the original farmhouse built in 1850 remains to warmly welcome you as only an antique house can. The architect owner has transformed the back wing into a beautiful modern kitchen and great room that accommodates all of today's pleasures: young people “hanging out,” playing games or watching sports; and their family cooking together and sharing the meal once it was done. In addition, they re-worked the master bedroom to have a private sanctuary far enough from the center of activity but close enough to keep tabs on the goings on, and they added a dreamy dressing room and spa bathroom… oh, that bathroom.
The inside and outside have always flowed seamlessly together in this house. For years, the yard was full of soccer or lacrosse goals, zip lines, a chicken coop and a raspberry patch, and make-believe worlds under the stand of evergreens and in the tree house. In 2013, they added a salt-water pool with a natural edge of stones and native plants, a gathering place for family and friends. It might just be the part of the house they will miss the most. People of all ages gravitate to the pool over the lazy days of summer, without having to travel anywhere.
The kids are now launched and the house feels too big for a couple ready for their own next adventure. It is time for someone else to embrace the magic and build their life in The Shire.
Size: 3,646 sq. ft.
Bathrooms: 3 full and 1 half
Lot Size: 14,487 sq. ft.
Roof: Asphalt/fiberglass shingles (2010 & 2015)
Outdoor space: Terrace, fenced yard, gardens and saltwater pool
Parking: Multiple cars in the driveway
Heat: Forced hot water radiators (6 zones)
Electrical: Circuit breakers - 200 amps
Hot Water: Tank
Laundry: In the lower level
Year Built: 1850 & 1920 - Renovated rear wing in 2015
Elementary School District: Roger E Wellington School
Contact school department to confirm elementary school placement.
Dining room light fixture
Fixture in the back hall is negotiable