Solar panels, a garage, and a Cold War holdover — an underground vault –

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Home of the Week

The Pepperell Cape, on the market for $850,000, has four bedrooms and three full baths.

The property features a screened in patio, a greenhouse, and a chicken coop.

By John R. Ellement

September 21, 2022 | 10:46 AM

27 Maple St., Pepperell


Style Cape

Year built 1993

Square feet 2,400

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3

Sewer/Water Private/public

Taxes $9,583 (2022)

Every home has its secrets, and this Pepperell Cape is no exception.

The 50-by-60-foot fenced-in garden should hint at the priority security is given on this 1.88-acre lot. Dear deer, you never had a chance.

The stunning find, however, is a Cold War installation: a 7,200-square-foot concrete underground vault once used to store essential papers for a bank. The contractor? The US Army Corps of Engineers. When? Around 1960. The entrance is a bank vault door.

The vault used to house bank files. Luxe Life Productions

The door to the vault is bank-grade. Luxe Life Productions

The current owners have maintained the vault — with its reinforced concrete walls and separate septic, electrical, and ventilation systems — in part by installing two heat pumps and a dehumidifier.

The subterranean vault has had multiple uses, but the current owners have sent their children there to burn off energy in the winter. The largest room is 6,000 square feet, a prime arena for bike riding. There is a bathroom and an office, but the bunker does not qualify as a living space because it doesn’t have windows.

The vault is 7,200 square feet. Luxe Life Productions

The main house, an expanded Cape topped with solar panels, more than qualifies. A walkway winds from the driveway to its front porch. The front door opens into a long hallway with stairs to the right and distinct flooring that runs through much of the home: wide-planked, knotty pine with hobnails.

The home, which dates to 1993, sits on 1.88 acres. Luxe Life Productions

The hallway ends in a T, a lowercase one. At the top is a full bath with a shower, shiplap, floral wallpaper, white ceramic tile flooring, and a single vanity with white cabinetry and a composite top and sink. A door connects to a mudroom with a soapstone sink and a door to the deck. The laundry room/pantry is off this space, and it comes with cabinetry and open shelving.

The main bath on the first floor features shiplap, a shower, floral wallpaper, and white ceramic tile flooring. Luxe Life Productions

Back out in the hallway and along …….


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