Home of the Week: A former Swampscott firehouse complete with firepole

Year built 1903; renovated 2010

Square feet 4,312

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3 full, 1 half

Water/Sewer Public

Taxes $11,976 (2021)

Robin Sharma, a Canadian motivational speaker, once wrote “change is hard at first, messy in the middle and so gorgeous at the end.” And while Sharma was not focused on real estate, his thoughts apply to this former fire station transformed into a regal single-family home in Governor Charlie Baker’s hometown of Swampscott.

Built in 1903 to serve the Phillips Beach neighborhood, the firehouse closed in the 1990s and was the base for an ambulance company before general contractor Steve Hayes and his wife, Lisa, bought it in 2010 and transformed it into a home.

Back when the home was a firehouse.Jon Almas/Aeropex Media Creative

Among the surviving hallmarks visible from the street is the Rockport granite covering portions of the ground level and the curved stone archway leading to the left side of the home. Also extant is the wide driveway of red brick, imported from England a century ago, that flows to fixed garage doors that form part of a first-floor wall. On the upper level, the bay window at the center is a pretty holdover.

Passing through that stone archway leads to an impressive entry with a wooden barrel ceiling some 12 feet above the hardwood floor. The foyer opens into a formal living area bisected in the center with a half wall. The formal living area is pure elegance, with a dual cove ceiling pinned with drum shade lights, those windowed garage doors,…

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