The former Stoneham East Elementary School, designed by renowned architect William B. Colleary, was constructed in 1938. This stately, brick structure is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood on Beacon Street.
It is surrounded by nearly four acres of town-owned open green space, Little League baseball fields and a children’s playground.
The school was purchased from the Town last year by life-long Stoneham residents, Larry and Bee Russo, and they are the redevelopers of this unique property. They have dedicated their personal resources and expertise to the thoughtful residential reuse of this historic community structure.
“One hundred percent of the front and side elevations have been preserved and restored to their original 1938 details”, said Larry Russo. “The rear elevation has been reengineered to accommodate private, underground parking, basement-level storage, first-floor decks and second-floor balconies which overlook the ball fields. The grounds will be re-landscaped and additional off-street parking is provided. Bee and I will be living in one unit and the other two units are available for sale”.
Jeanne Brian, sales agent for Century 21 Celli says, “each of the two available units have luxury appointments with five to six rooms of generous dimensions, three baths and flex spaces on all three levels. The flex space design allows for a dining room, office/study or den on the first floor and a second bedroom, office/study or den on the second floor… providing for a comfortable, multi-generational living arrangement”.
Interior architectural details and select high-grade finishes reflect the historic, school house character such as; ten-foot-six ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, wide doors and staircases with period-correct exterior classroom windows. Each unit has a fully-finished, private garage for two vehicles with additional, flex and storage spaces.