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Old Massachusetts 'Governor's Mansion' Slashes Price $501K

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When last we checked in on the Arthur Astor Carey House in December 2011, it was the only Cambridge listing of at least $5 million. Now it's not. A $501,000 price-chop last week drops the tag to $4,499,000 (it had already been chopped from an original asking of $5.5M to $5M). The 8-BR, 4.5-BA, 6,755-square-foot manse at 28 Fayerweather Street is being sold by Susan Roosevelt Weld, a great-granddaughter of Teddy Roosevelt and the former first lady of Massachusetts as then-wife of Governor William Weld for much of the 1990s. The couple, who have since divorced, lived in the house at the time.

In political circles, the Colonial Revival might be most famous as the site of a 1993 poker game hosted by Governor Weld, whereafter one of the players, Ron Kaufman, now an adviser to Mitt Romney, got pulled for drunk driving. Weld's defense of his friend immortalized the situation: “I did not observe him to be drunk at all. I saw him with one glass of an amber-colored liquid in front of him, and I remember saying to myself, ‘Ron is nursing that drink.'" The house was designed in part by Charles Brigham, who you might remember from earlier today.

· Listing: 28 Fayerweather Street [Zillow]
· William Weld’s Former Cambridge Home Up for Sale [Boston.com]
· Cambridge's Only $5M+ Listing Has Walk-In Inferno, Sad Clown [Curbed Boston]
· Back Bay Bombshell! Burrage Palace Asks Less Than in '04 [Curbed Boston]
· Our PriceChopper archive [Curbed Boston]

Arthur Astor Carey House

28 Fayerweather Street, Cambridge, MA