Sudbury, MA: Hager House
“Paid for our taxes and then some,” Bill told us as we strolled through the landscaped grounds, featuring a beautiful in-ground swimming pool surrounded by old stone walls that, Bill pointed out proudly, remained undisturbed during the pool construction process. We also peeked into the carriage house, now empty of antiques, and admired the bell tower with antique bell atop the three-car garage.
We met Dottie, confined to a wheelchair some of the time of late, in the “great room,” as they call it, featuring four magnificent old fireplaces, each facing one of the four corners of the room. As you might guess, this one room was once four rooms, a fireplace in each. Off the great room, where tea and sandwiches were served back in the olden days, is a modern kitchen (with those popular granite counters), a dining room, and a comfortable family room with another fireplace. The master bedroom, with a large modern bathroom, is on the other side of the first floor, along with still another sitting room. On the second floor are three bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a half bath.
What particularly struck us as we walked through these various rooms was the exquisite condition of, well, everything. The floors are shiny, there’s been repainting throughout, no scratches on the ceilings …
Also, Bill told us, they’ve recently installed a new furnace, a new septic system, a new pool liner, and on and on. Let’s just say the whole place is in pristine condition. Plus, a spacious screened-in porch extends along the back of the house facing the pool.
“We sit out here or on our patio in the evening,” Bill said, “and enjoy hearing from a distance the fife and drum corps entertaining the guests at the Wayside Inn.”
Of course, we wanted to know why the Schirmers have decided to sell. (Their asking price: $880,000.) It was pretty much the usual reasons. Although Bill continues teaching at The Cambridge School of Weston, Dottie has, at least temporarily, halted her nursing career. The couple’s two children have now flown the nest, they’re no longer in the antiques business, a first grandchild is on the way, and so, all in all, they’ve decided “it’s time” to move on–perhaps to a nearby retirement community.
After saying our goodbyes, we decided on the spur of the moment to stay over that night at the Wayside Inn, listen to the fife and drum corps, and enjoy that lobster macaroni and cheese we’d passed on at lunch. Maybe even sample the “Coow Woow.”
Alas, it was not to be–the inn was filled. Popular place. Well, maybe next time …