A Cottage of One’s Own.

I saw this heart achingly sweet cottage in the new Design New England and it reignited my desire for a house.  We’re in that “city vs. suburbs” debate right now as we put our place on the market officially, and seeing pictures of this place made me lean towards the burbs. But not far away burbs, more like the “hideously expensive 15 minutes from Boston” kinda burbs. But someplace I could find a cottage like this to renovate (with a little “summer house” behind it like this? Yes please). Ahh, to dream!


  1. What a fabulous place to call home! I also go back and forth between city and suburbs. Only wish I could afford to do both!

  2. E, Patience, patience, patience! I finally got my "rural near the city" dream (15 minutes from Charlotte,NC limits). I live in a small equestrian neigborhood,3 1/2 arces of land, creek around the property, lake in back, house on the hill, loads of windows, wood burning fireplace (real one) and more big trees and wild grapevines that you can imagine. Best of all, I have horses beside me and behind me that I get to see and listen to every day!! Your dream will come too!

  3. The thing I love about Boston is how close you can be to the city while being in fabulous burbs. Which my husband and I will likely never afford in the next 20 years :)

  4. Cottages just steal my heart. Especially when they have "summer houses". All I think is: LIBRARY. I wouldn't ever want to leave, though I would probably miss the city life.

  5. Erin, my husband and I are having that same exact debate right now! We are so picky when it comes to location and we can't bear the thought of being too far from Boston/Cambridge. If we're not in the heart of the city, the "ridiculously expensive 15-minute burbs" is the only place we can realistically see ourselves. This cottage you found is fabulous!

  6. Stay in the city! You're young and fabulous! This is a time in your life where you can be spontaneous – Take advantage of it!!! There's a freedom in being able to just walk out the door and have an adventure. No need for elaborate plans or designated drivers. There will come a day when the burbs will probably make more sense – big kids need more space, and Boston's one-way streets can be hard for carpooling. But for now, enjoy your independence and freedom from those kind of constraints!

    It can be tempting to dream about a big house and sweeping yard, but think about how expensive it will be to fill! Fitting out a small space with only things you LOVE is (in my opinion) much more rewarding in the long run. It's about quality, not quantity. Take this time to start small and buy those 'forever' pieces you'll keep with you where ever you move. Create a city jewel box that revolves around YOUR life rather than a big house that demands all your attention.

    Just a thought….

  7. What a fabulous cottage. It is equal parts romantic for two and quaint and comfy to raise a family. Great find!

  8. Love that cottage. We did that debate a couple of years ago and finally made the jump to Belmont. The location is fabulous. I can be at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge (ah, cheese!) in less than 5 minutes and downtown in 10-15. And with the housing market the way it is now, there are some great deals to be had!

  9. This place is adorable. I just moved to Boston but every time I drive through that sweet city, I think, chestnut hill? I always imagine having a sweet little place there. I just love that area…and it's not too far from Boston.

  10. I love the pics of your condo! If I may pry: where did you get your light fixture in your dining room? I've been looking for a similar one, but haven't found yet.

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