House of the Week: Uxbridge property is a sportsmans paradise – Worcester Telegram

Posted: March 6, 2020 at 1:48 pm

Buyers looking to own a private, well-stocked fishing pond or enjoy the simplicity of a quiet paddle across 18 acres of tranquil water will find all of that and a 5,619-square-foot custom contemporary home at 355 Pond St. in Uxbridge.

Set back from the road on more than 56 scenic acres, the 10-room home, on the market for $1.1 million, offers unique upgrades such as cedar paneled ceilings and 14-karate-gold plated fixtures in the master bath.

The house also features a 2,400-square-foot, wraparound deck that overlooks Lee Pond.

Owner Dr. Charles A. Vacanti said his favorite feature of the property is its pond, which is stocked upstream along Emerson Brook by two fishing clubs.

Both of their ponds drain into our 18-acre pond, he said. It may be the best fishing hole in New England.

Listing agent Gary Smith of Mendon Area Real Estate called the pond and its surrounding property beautiful, while his favorite feature in the home is the spectacular family room.

The sunken combination family and dining room share a wood burning stove with a two-story stone surround. The cathedral ceilings are paneled in cedar and hold skylights and fans. Light from two panels of floor to ceiling glass brightens this room that gives access to the deck.

The modern, eat-in kitchen holds a center island, custom-built cabinetry, granite countertops and large pantry.

The upstairs hallway is an open loft overlooking the family/dining room.

The master suite offers scenic views through a wall of glass with a door that opens to a balcony. The master bath has marble flooring, a cathedral ceiling with skylights, custom built closet and cabinets, a spa hot tub, and large stall shower.

Also upstairs are an office and gym space.

Dr. Vacanti and his wife, Linda, bought the property in 1998.

Since then, the couple has replaced all 27 skylights, all external doors and windows, and the roof. The installation of solar panels, Dr. Vacanti said, has reduced annual utility costs to nearly zero.

Dr. Vacanti is widely known for his research work in stem cell and tissue engineering. While at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1996, he grew new cartilage in the shape of a human ear under the skin of a lab mouse. The Vacanti Mouse was part of research on organ generation and the first demonstration of growing new tissue from cells in a lab.

As for the property, Smith called it a beautiful high and dry pasture that just begs for equestrian use, a corporate retreat, Bed and Breakfast, or Rod and Gun Club.

The property is minutes from Route 146.

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