About This Listing
(website hidden). Artistic Sanctuary surrounded by meadows and woods yet a mile from Concord center,once the famous Hallowell farm, a site briefly owned by Thoreau. The home has breathtaking views
A spectacular and rare rental opportunity while this house is on the market.(*30 day or longer rentals asked by Town of Concord). This New England home is surrounded by brilliant colors reflecting off the Sudbury River, meadows and woodlands abound, and a spot to be enjoyed whatever the season. This is one of the most spectacular spots to see the New England leaves, the winter snows, or the spring colors.
Located in Concord Ma, 20 miles west of Boston and Cambridge it has easy access to schools and other towns.
One mile to the train, twenty minutes to Alewife station. This is one of the most beautiful and affluent historic towns in New England. There are so many biking and walking trails, historic sites and the home of Thoreau, Emerson and the Alcotts with near-by Walden Pond. The September issue of Boston Magazine highlights it here: (website hidden)
This estate, sits atop 40 acres adjoining the river and is surrounded by another 40 acres of conservation land behind it .While you experience a quiet area in the midst of nature, it is one mile to the historic Concord, filled with history,private schools, sites, and shopping opportunities.
The "rustic eclectic", 1905 home is perfect for a large family where family reunions or other holiday gatherings become the setting for entertaining and long term living.
Each one of the five bedroom suites is spacious with its own bath and often fireplace. There is about 7,500 sq. ft of living space plus balconies and screen porches, patios etc..
The first floor living area flows easily from a large living area and adjoining screened porch, to a formal dining area, to a large state of the art kitchen where several people at once can cook or hang out and chat.
There is river access and the ability to ride the pontoon or canoes over from the North Bridge Boat House. Walking trails abound. Bikers peddle all over this area and in winter the cross country sking is everywhere.
This is a wonderful comfortable artist's home – a weekend country house and getaway or can be used as a main home with nearby schools and restaurants.
Prices are negotiable depending on length of stay and numbers of people. Looking for the perfect buyer or short term renter who might convert to a long term renter....with proper permitting events are available as well.
Everything any family who lives there would...the joys of a town in the woods with all the conveniences of history and affluence.
Interaction with Guests
By email and phone quite a bit before they arrive. My caretaker and cleaner are available throughout the stay.
If you are able to get to the train one mile away. It is sidewalk all the way.
Other Things to Note
The town is very clear about rentals being for a minimum of thirty days...so there is as little disruption to the neighborhood as possible. Every effort should be taken to ensure the rental will be quiet with a minimum of activity and an awareness of the neighbors needs as well. Obviously no smoking, no large cars such as buses, loud things like motorcycles etc...things that might be seen as disruptive or loud, fireworks .
The town of Concord requires a minimum of thirty days rental at a time. No events allowed without obtaining a special event permit from the town of Concord. Tents should always obtain a permit and call Dig Safe.
Our group of former high school friends had a reunion in New England and used Karen's house as our home base. We fell in love with the house - the views from different vantage points were spectacular, ample and huge bedrooms for everyone, comfortable beds to sleep in, huge kitchen where everyone invariably (website hidden) and eating meals here gave us more time with each other with the added bonus of working together to prepare the meal and wash up afterwards.
The camaraderie that being in this house fostered can not be measured.
The awesome views served as backdrops to pictures we took that will remind us later of the wonderful reunion we had at this place.
The listing description was spot on and the host Karen made renting this property very easy and welcoming.
Amazing Location, Views, Locale….Amazing hospitality and communication. I would recommend this estate to anyone looking fore a relaxing spot to spend a few days…or whole month!! Thanks again Karen!
Karen's home is spectacular. I was truly sorry to leave and can't wait to have an excuse to return. It is obviously the home of artists and world travelers with a keen eye to detail, charm and beauty. Furnishings are extremely comfortable while simultaneously one feels they are living in a museum. My only regret was not having time enough to invite friends and family to enjoy the experience. Karen is lovely and an excellent communicator. Anyone with an opportunity to be a guest in this house should consider themselves quite fortunate.
Fantastic place!! We had a wonderful time at his beautiful property. It definitely lives up to the photos and is spacious, historic, and charming with abundant character. The setting is incredible and we enjoyed exploring the grounds and walking to the river. Concord is nearby and has fun shops and historic places to visit. Karen was very easy to communicate with and worked with us on a flexible check-in and check-out. I highly recommend this property.
Karen is the best landlord you will ever have. From the very beginning, she is responsive, reasonable, helpful, and reliable! We spent one month in her Concord house and estate, a wonderful place to spend the summer with family and friends! Things went well during our stay with the only glitch, a short-term breakout of WIFI in the house. Karen offered immediate solution and was very responsive in follow ups as well. We will definitely come back and recommend the house to our friends!
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About the Host, Karen
Lauren Walters is an entrepeneur- He grew up in Missouri - worked in the US Senate, lived in Concord Ma. for 25 years - chairs a few boards, Education and Technology , Consensus Building etc. - and is now the founder and ceo of 2 Degrees Food - a social impact venture based in SF (website hidden). He loves travel, and spending time with his wife and two sons. He collects dots of information and people, curious about everything, but new ideas, frontiers in medicine as the son of two doctors are always interesting!
We have moved to the Mill Valley area and -have two sons, Ed and Peter. They often help manage these properties so we will mention them here. Ed is working in Cambridge, having just left DC and Brookings. Peter, more recently graduated from Trinity College, was working with 2 Degrees in business development and is a tall ship sailor! Currently Peter is traveling the world, having been to India and sailed to South Africa, just leaving Thailand for Nepal to trek for five weeks! Ed is now mid way through HBS and helping out with east coast properties.
Karen Cadenhead is currently a sculptor and was previously a professor of Art Therapy.- She hails from Oklahoma. (she is pinch hitting with Two Degrees when needed in art and account management )
As a couple we love to travel, meet new people and explore new ideas. We would be called early adopters. We spent the first years of our married life renovating and creating spaces..love to collect architectural salvage and make it into something.
Now we are exploring innovative ways to have social impact.
While network seems a trivial term, we not only know a lot of people but love to connect them in useful ways. We have found this site an unexpected way to discover like minded people and in some cases, have become friends.