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House of the Week: .35M Spencer home features mahogany floors and walkout great room – News –

House of the Week: $1.35M Spencer home features mahogany floors and walkout great room – News –

SPENCER — This one-of-a-kind “Grand Shake Manor” offers 9,000 square feet of luxury country living.

The 2 Buteau Road home is loaded with extras, said Donna Flannery of ERA Key Realty Services, who has it listed at $1,350,000.

“My favorite room is the walkout great room in the basement — it’s grand but relaxing,” she said, adding, “Inside, the detail in the woodwork and staircases is extraordinary and outside, the patio is surrounded by custom fieldstone walls that are just beautiful.”

Those who winter in New England will appreciate the radiant heat under the Italian porcelain tile and African mahogany wood floors throughout the home, which includes the staircase treads. The convenience of a thermostat in every room makes regulating the heat and central air conditioning a breeze, while whole-house climate control is at your fingertips on a central computer program.

Other perks include Bose stereo speakers in every room, the front porch, back deck and heated garage. The 900-bottle wine cellar will wow wine enthusiasts. And somewhere in the home is a hidden, temperature-controlled vault room with alarm and camera system.

Aesthetically stunning features include the Connecticut fieldstone that was chipped and chiseled onsite to form portions of the façade, stone walls and steps throughout the grounds, as well as accent walls and fireplace surrounds indoors.

Step through the 8-foot custom mahogany wood door with its wide brims of beveled glass into a large foyer paved in Italian porcelain tile with a mosaic center inlay.

The two-story living room with open-rail loft is accented by two feature walls of stone: one surrounding a gas fireplace, and at the opposite end of the room, a pass-through to the kitchen that also serves as a breakfast bar.

A timeless Tuscan flair and warm honey palette of the eat-in kitchen is inviting for family and guest gatherings. It features a two-tier center island with a wet bar and seating, professional grade appliances, and a wine chiller.

The dining room with coffered ceiling is banquet-suitable, and a cozy, half-octagon family room is a place for quiet escapes near a fireplace.

The first-floor master bedroom suite is reminiscent of an elegant spa.

Dual staircases lead to the second level with four bedrooms, baths, and two home offices over the garage that can be accessed by a separate entrance.

Michael and Debbie Lussier built the home in 2009.

Among his favorite features, Michael spoke of the entertainment space in the finished, walkout basement.

“It’s so wide open with all the amenities you can imagine, and it fits 40 people very comfortably,” he said.

The about 2,100-square-foot lower level has a great room with coffered ceilings, a curved bar that seats six, a gaming room, exercise room, media room and wine cellar.

While the pandemic has closed large movie houses, the full theater experience can be found in the media room where a 10-foot screen and two Bose surround sound systems entertain those nestled in five banks of plush electric recliners.

Adjacent to the wine cellar is a wine-tasting nook with an eye-height fireplace.

From the lower level, walk out through sliders onto a 40 x 40 paver stone patio, which is the largest among three tiers of patio and deck spaces.

The professionally landscaped property has 76 outside lighting elements that set the grounds aglow with ambiance at night. It also has a 17-zone sprinkler system and an automatic generator to keep it all going during a power outage.

The property is located within a five-minute walk of Stiles Reservoir, which is the third-largest recreational body of water in Worcester County.

The location is a one-hour or so commute from three major airports in Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; and Hartford, Connecticut.

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