The 8,448-square-foot mansion at 70 Heath Street in Brookline was once the home of the Lowell family. Patriarch Augustus Lowell, a noted businessman, and wife Katherine Bigelow Lawrence dubbed it Sevenels in the late 19th century because they had seven children (get it?). One of those children, Percival Lowell, became a noted astronomer; another, Abbott Lawrence Lowell, became president of Harvard; and yet another, Amy Lowell, became a famous poet. Their old home, which members of the family inhabited well into the 20th century, is up for grabs as of this week. The 12-room mansion includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and seven fireplaces; and throughout are reminders of its Victorian-era birth, including a sweeping staircase. And, while the estate unfolded over 10 acres when the Lowells reigned, it comes with 1.24 acres now, albeit nicely manicured. The whole shebang is asking $4,650,000.
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