It’s sometimes a surprise to learn that a particular home has been designed by lauded local architect Hugh Jefferson Randolph. It’s not because his work is interchangeable with that of others—quite the contrary—but that he works in so many different styles and eras of influence, taking a thoroughly unique approach to each one. When you explore a Randolph-designed home, you know that his choices were made specifically for that house.
Take this private Old Enfield estate, built in 2005, for example. From the outside of the two-story, red-brick home—basically a series of well-executed boxes—one might expect the dark-paneled walls and thick layers of light-killing curtains that are associated with traditional homes of much older vintage but similar style.
Those expectations will be thoroughly dashed if you stick around to look more closely. Set on a tree-filled corner lot overlooking the gardens of the Historic Pease Mansion Home, the home could be a storied country mansion in the woods rather than a fairly recent build in the middle of a busy city (being located above Pease Park helps). Since it is, in actuality, unbound from history, however, the welcoming interiors are free to be light, fresh, and contemporary
The home measures 5,421 square feet and has five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, as well as three fireplaces. Built-in shelves and cabinets, along with unfussy wood floors (as well as some ceilings), convey a richness that is always present but never overwhelming.
A bright, open kitchen with granite counters and Viking appliances faces a large, brick patio.
The upstairs of the house lets its mod flag fly a bit more, with vaulted, beamed wooden ceilings and banks of windows on both sides of the main room.
The master suite has one of those fireplaces, a huge, walk-in shower, and a clawfoot bathtub.
A large, fenced yard with courtyards, patios, and playscapes provides ample amounts of space for entertaining a variety of guests.
• 1600 Northumberland Road [Mike Hammonds, Moreland Properties]