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Behold! Brookline's Most Mind-Boggling Sale of 2012

Downton Abbey might be selling out to survive, but the magisterial manse at 333 Lee Street in Brookline won't have to: It remains one of that town's most achingly exquisite private prewar estates. And, having traded for $10,500,000 in August, the 16,703-square-foot spread on more than 3 acres is the biggest home sale in Brookline in the last 12 months (a.k.a. 2012 + the last two weeks).

The estate was first listed in December 2009 for $15,750,000. It went through three brokerage changes, finally landing with Campion & Company in September 2011, with an incrementally slashed tag of $12,500,000. It closed 16 percent off that final asking, though at a still formidable $628 a square foot.

So what's that get? Oh, 20 rooms; 10 working fireplaces; nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms; a museum-like gallery; and an Olympic-length pool with spa. Happy Monday.
· Listing: 333 Lee Street [Zillow]
· Our Big Deals archive [Curbed Boston]