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Eleonora R. Sears’ Mansion in Boston, MA (Listed for $22 Million)

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Eleonora R. Sears was one of the world’s best female athletes and considered as the most versatile with countless championship trophies on many different fields of sports under her belt as well as Hall Fame membership to different sports. Her mansion in Boston’s Gold Coast is now on the market priced at $22 million.

The mansion, named Rock Edge, sits on three acres of oceanfront land and is measured at 28,000 square feet with 11 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, ocean views, and fireplaces with original mantels. The house also has large slabs of white marble in its kitchen and bathrooms, large windows and French doors open to the terraces. Aside from the main house, the property also has a private beach and carriage house.

The listing agent for Eleonora R. Sears’ mansion is George Sarkis of The Sarkis Team, Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Upon entry into the house, you are welcomed by this foyer that showcases a grand staircase with a tall white pillar on the side that matches the white walls of the house interior. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a close look at the staircase that has wooden steps that match the hardwood flooring contrasted by the dark wrought-iron railings with intricate details on them extending to the indoor balcony. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The tall ceiling of the foyer is topped with a large crystal chandelier hanging from a white ceiling brightened by the large arched windows on the side of the indoor balcony. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The large spacious living room has large windows along with large French doors that bring in natural lighting for the bright white walls and ceiling. On the far side is the fireplace with a white intricate mantel. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the French doors at the side of the living room flanked with large windows. This leads to the outdoor terrace with an ocean view beyond its concrete railings. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The large kitchen has large slabs of marble and has enough space for two kitchen waterfall islands that match the walls and ceiling brightened by the natural lighting. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the kitchen with consistent white marble counters and backsplashes that go well with the modern white cabinetry and French windows that brighten the white walls. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the dining room with a spacious hardwood flooring, bright white walls and ceiling with multiple French windows on the sides flanking the fireplace on the far side. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the entryway to the primary bathroom with a hardwood flooring that transitions to white marble flooring after entering the white doors of the bathroom. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The bathroom has a consistent white marble tone to its floor, floating vanity sink and the walls of the shower area on the far corner. You can also see here the bathtub across from the sink. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the white porcelain freestanding bathtub of the bathroom with a French window on the side that has a view of the ocean. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is an interior of the house with a spacious room, hardwood flooring, a fireplace on the far side with white mantel and French door and windows that bring in natural lighting. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the fireplace on the far side of the room with a detailed and intricate white mantel paired with white marble on the sides. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This other interior fireplace has a detailed dark mantel that pairs well with the black marble siding of the fireplace. These are then contrasted by the bright white walls and ceiling brightened by the French doors. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a full view of the room showcasing the three French doors that open the interior to the exterior balcony that has ocean view beyond the concrete railings. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the terrace balcony just outside with concrete railings adorned by the colorful flowering shrubs on the sides. It also has a set of steps leading to the private beach. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is an aerial view of the house showcasing the private beach and the stone structures that build the foundation of the house with a textured mosaic stone wall supported by large natural rocks. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a nighttime view of the house showcasing the warm lighting of the multiple windows and doors that open to the ocean views. You can also see here the large terrace and the private beach. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is an aerial view of the property showcasing the large house by the ocean, the wide driveway, large grass lawns and the trees of the landscape leading to the house. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.

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Many of America’s Olympic stars of today can thank socialite Eleonora R. Sears, who in the early 20th century made women’s sports in the United States acceptable and popular. When she died in 1968 at the age of 86, Boston Globe sportswriter Victor Jones wrote, she ‘was probably the most versatile performer that sports have ever produced — not just the most versatile female performer, but the most versatile, period.’ She was a four-time national tennis champion, the first women’s squash champion, and an accomplished horsewoman, who was the first woman to ride a horse in a major polo match.

With her social standing and the wealth it provided, the home she chose was a glamorous Gilded Age mansion with 400 feet of Massachusetts Atlantic oceanfront and private beach, where she lived for 40 years until her death in 1968. Named “Rock Edge” due to its location above the rocky shore, the home has undergone a meticulous 21st-century update and is now for sale at $22 million.

As a socialite whose friends and frequent home visitors included the Prince of Wales, Harold Vanderbilt (to whom she was once engaged), Cole Porter (who played the piano at some of her gatherings), and Judy Garland, her oceanfront mansion was the perfect venue for everything from intimate dinners to fundraisers. Two years after Eleonora’s death, the home was purchased by a family-owned Boston construction materials company, Benevento Companies.

Built in 1904 on Massachusetts’ Gold Coast, the 28,000-square-foot mansion has 11 bedrooms and 13 baths sited on three oceanfront acres with a private beach and carriage house. All rooms have ocean views with most having fireplaces retaining the original mantels. Large slabs of white marble have been used in the spacious kitchen and bathroom updates. Large windows and French doors open to the terraces that fill the home with sunlight, creating an elegant beachy vibe.

A fearless pioneer of her day, Elenora was as comfortable at a society event as she was when she was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, and the United States Squash Hall of Fame. With her large fortune, she felt free to do whatever she wanted, including wearing slacks, smoking cigarettes, and riding horses astride rather than sidesaddle – all during an age when the acceptable activity of society women was not to stray too far away from the closest chaise lounge.

The listing agent is George Sarkis of The Sarkis Team, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Boston, Massachusetts.

Photo credit: Douglas Elliman

Source: www.elliman.com

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