Manchester’s Historic c.1908 Sydney Allen Estate Lists for $6.5M (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Manchester’s Historic c.1908 Sydney Allen Estate Lists for $6.5M

$6,500,000 | Built c.1908 | 10 Beds | 9.5+ Baths | 17,808 Sq. Ft. | 5.37 acres
1 Dexter Lane, Manchester, Massachusetts, United States, 01944
Boulderwood, built in 1908 and commonly referred to as the Sydney Allen Estate, is an unparalleled residence filled with architecturally significant details, with materials and fixtures meticulously hand selected and sourced from around the globe. It was built for finance attorney Philip Dexter and sits on a sprawling 5.37 acre estate with views toward the Boston Skyline. The 17,808 square foot manor took two years to build and includes a total of ten bedrooms, nine full and three half baths, two kitchens, formal entertaining rooms and thirteen fireplaces. The property has an interesting history when it came to the prohibition era. revealed, “After the Volstead Act went into effect, Dexter had large steel and concrete vaults similar to the ones seen in banks constructed in his basement to safeguard the liquor. The booze was brought in by boat at night, carried overland to the house, and delivered into the basement through a small manhole in the driveway, according to newspaper clippings the town’s historical society provided. Armed guards kept the cache safe around the clock. After liquor was stolen from a neighbor’s home, Dexter had a siren installed on the roof. It sounded each day at noon to signal all was well. If it went off at any other time of day, the police would respond immediately. When Prohibition ended, the siren was donated to the town for air raids, but the vaults remain.” Timeless mouldings, European hardware and grand spaces contribute to this magnificent estate. The property remains private and offers serenity on over five acres of manicured grounds with undulating lawns, stone walls and boulder outcroppings. The Sydney Allen Estate is on the market for $6,500,000 with Julie Gamble Smith of Engel & Volkers By The Sea.

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