uying a house that needed work wasn’t in the
plan. Neither was the winter of the damned
— ice dams, that is. But if challenges are the
stuff of better living, Chris Prokop and Mark
Battista are living well indeed.
Their house is a sweet Shingle Style Queen Anne Victorian with a
center entry and steep twin gables. It sits on a hill on a winding street in
a well-established neighborhood of houses of similar vintage and size
in a Boston suburb. Oh, and there is a pond worthy of Currier and Ives
across the road.
No wonder they succumbed to its charms.
“We were looking for the opposite,” says Prokop, a partner in a
real estate development company. “We didn’t want an old house, and
we wanted no work.” A circa 1890s ark was not on the wish list. They
the family poses in the living room with Lulu, their puggle (a pug/beagle mix);
(from left) Chris Prokop, Sophia and Ana Prokop Battista, and Mark Battista.
The painting is by Mike McGuire, a Provincetown, Massachusetts, painter.