$3.6-Million Greater Boston New Build Draws On Colonial Roots

4 Wedgwood, Wellesley, MA
Dean Behrend, the third-generation luxury home builder, harkened Old-World craftsmanship and blended modern construction techniques to create this storybook home with interior architecture designed by Mike McKay of McKay Architects. (Bassick Real Estate Advisors)

Dutch Colonial homes are so called because the style originated from American settlers hailing from the Netherlands in the early- to mid-1600s.

The giveaway feature is the broad, double-pitched roof that changes angles midway to slope nearly straight down. This gambrel or barn roof allowed attic to be used as living space.

newly constructed home in Wellesley, Massachusetts, may have you doing a sextuple take. The distinctive roof line is repeated on the front, back and sides.

The kitchen.

Recessed paneled ceilings enhance the feeling of spaciousness throughout the house. (BASSICK REAL ESTATE ADVISORS)

Dean Behrend, a third-generation luxury home builder based in the area, drew on Olde World craftsmanship and modern construction methods in creating the shingled-facade Dutch Colonial Revival.

Set on more than half of an acre, the 6,000-square-foot home is entered through a Colonial-style front door framed by sidelights.

Ten-foot ceilings and four-inch oak plank hardwood floors add an airy feeling to the interiors by Mike McKay of McKay Architects.

The primary suite has a fireplace and sitting area.

The expansive primary suite has room for a fireside sitting area. (BASSICK REAL ESTATE ADVISORS)

Built-in shelving flanks the fireplace in the living room, which has an adjoining office nook.

A bank of windows set into wainscoting brings light into the formal dining room.

The open-plan kitchen features a farmhouse sink, quartz countertops and a walk-in pantry. The center island has both bar seating and prep space.

the yard

The more than half-acre property is in an established neighborhood with mature trees. (BASSICK REAL ESTATE ADVISORS)

Glass walls at the back of the home overlook a patio.

A tiled mudroom, with built-in storage, adjoins the two-car garage.

Upstairs, the vaulted primary bedroom includes a fireplace and a seating area. Double sinks, a soaking tub and a glass-enclosed shower are among features in the primary bathroom. Three more bedrooms are on this floor.

The finished basement contains a great room, another bedroom and a full bathroom for a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Catherine Bassick of Bassick Real Estate Advisors is the listing agent. The asking price for 4 Wedgwood Road, Wellesley, Massachusetts, is US $3.595 million.

Wellesley, part of the greater Boston area, is about 15 miles from Boston Logan International Airport.


During four decades of covering luxury and celebrity housing, I’ve looked into people’s homes, lives and property records through many lenses. I was the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section editor for eight years, the Hot Property columnist for six and did stints as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and page designer. My work for The Times Business, Home and Real Estate sections has garnered in-house and national awards for blogging, editing and feature writing.