By Grace Cassidy
A historic estate located just 20 minutes outside of Boston has hit the market for $7,750,000. Situated on over four acres of gated land in Weston, Mass., the majestic Ridgehurst Estate boasts an impressive history.
Built in the 1880s for Charles Townsend Hubbard, a local businessman specializing in fabric and rope making, the estate encompasses a sprawling 12,000-square-foot shingle-style mansion spanning four floors. The interior features six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, 11 fireplaces, hardwood floors, custom built-ins and an exquisite chef’s kitchen equipped with state-of-the-art stainless-steel appliances, dual ovens, a center island and a butler’s pantry.
Additionally, the finished lower level offers amenities such as a movie theater with plush individual seating, a bar, a wine cellar, and a workout space.
Originally, the property was part of the 214-acre Slack Farm, which belonged to the Hubbard family and extended all the way to the Charles River. During Hubbard’s ownership, the estate was subdivided, and a portion of the land was donated to the town for public and waterfront parks. Hubbard resided in Ridgehurst until his death in 1887.
The stunning exterior gardens transport residents and visitors to a bygone era. These gardens were designed in 1912 by the renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers. Frederick Law Olmsted, known for his work on New York City’s Central Park in the 1860s and ’70s, contributed to the design.
When Hubbard constructed Ridgehurst between 1881 and 1883, he invested $65,000, approximately $2 million in today’s currency. The most recent owners acquired the property in 1980.