The thought of Queen Anne Victorian-style architecture in concert with the Tuscan countryside seems incongruous, but seeing is believing, and in the Franklin Whitehead House -- a modernized antique house at 87 Maple Avenue South -- both styles combine to make sweet music.

Built in 1870, this 5,253-square-foot house sits on a 2.37-acre level corner lot with the main driveway on Maple Ave. South and a secondary driveway on Greens Farms Road.

The house is in the Greens Farms area within walking distance to the Greens Farms train station.

Relax in the gardens of this estate or the sizable bluestone patio surrounded by stone walls and attractive landscaping, play bocce or croquet on the sprawling lawn -- which is large enough to accommodate an in-ground swimming pool -- play a match on the tennis court that is delineated by a stone wall and stand of trees, barbecue in the grilling area, and work out in the Pilates or exercise studio with mirrored wall and dance barre.

Queen Anne elements of this house include the graceful covered, wrap-around front porch; fish-scale shingle siding; decorative roof finials and ornate frieze. The Tuscan features include the antique stone floor of the great room or solarium with Palladian windows, the terrace on the Greens Farms Road side of the house, reminiscent of an Italian villa, and the medieval gate, decorative wooden door and stone walls of the rustic 6,000-bottle, climate-controlled wine cellar and tasting room or dining salon.

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The reason it can be called a dining salon is because it is more spacious than the typical tasting room, it has antique wooden sideboards, and it would be a great place to serve guests or hold an intimate dinner for two.

This house is for people who want character over new construction, as one person put it during a recent open house.

The eyes will appreciate the palette of colors throughout this house including the lacquered cream hue in some rooms and the pale sea blue of the master suite from the Fine Paints of Europe collection while the palate will appreciate the wine cellar and gourmet kitchen, which features a walk-in pantry with walls of floor-to-ceiling, 9-foot glass-front cabinets and a butler's pantry that has a door to the rear patio.

Other kitchen features include two center islands, marble counters, and high-end appliances, among them Traulsen, Viking, Sub-Zero and Miele, including three dishwashers, which come in handy for all the entertaining that can be done in this house. The mudroom provides access to the half bath and the laundry room, which has two washers and dryers, deep sink, marble counters, and lots of cabinets.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Antique
ADDRESS: 87 Maple Avenue South
PRICE: $4,750,000
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11
FEATURES: 2.37-acre level property, corner lot, tennis court, walking distance to Greens Farms train station, 6,000-bottle wine cellar and tasting room, generator, bluestone patios, terrace, stone walls, two-car garage with Pilates/dance barre studio, carport, fully fenced property, butler's pantry, front and rear staircases, wood shingle roof, underground lawn sprinkler, five bedrooms, five full and two half baths
SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High
ASSESSMENT: $2,115,300
TAX RATE: 17.94 mills
TAXES: $37,948

The first floor also has a reception or sitting room off the foyer with a powder room, a library, formal dining room and first floor guest suite with a lounge. There is no formal living room in this house, but its many entertainment spaces make it unnecessary. The great room or solarium is probably the place most people would want to congregate. There is also a sunroom.

On the second floor, the master bedroom suite has its own separate wing, which includes a sitting room, a pass-through with built-in wall cabinets, his and hers marble baths and his and hers walk-in closets. Her closet has a boutique-style dressing room with nine-foot tall glass-front wardrobe cabinetry, mirrored walls, and large cedar closet.

There are two other bedrooms on the second floor, which share a hall bath with white marble flooring. One has a walk-in closet and the other has a wall of built-in bookshelves.

A fifth bedroom is housed on the third floor where there is also a full bath -- making it suitable as an au pair suite, as well as a storage area with built-in cabinets and a private reading alcove with built-in shelving.

For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house, contact Cynthia Melchiorri and Susan Vanech of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty; Melchiorri at 508-566-9495 or cmelchiorri@williampitt.com and Vanech at 203-685-2348 or svanech@williampitt.com.

ABOUT THIS HOUSE

TYPE: Antique

ADDRESS: 87 Maple Avenue South

PRICE: $4,750,000

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 11

FEATURES: 2.37-acre level property, corner lot, tennis court, walking distance to Greens Farms train station, 6,000-bottle wine cellar and tasting room, generator, bluestone patios, terrace, stone walls, two-car garage with Pilates/dance barre studio, carport, fully fenced property, butler's pantry, front and rear staircases, wood shingle roof, underground lawn sprinkler, five bedrooms, five full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

ASSESSMENT: $2,115,300

TAX RATE: 17.94 mills

TAXES: $37,948