On the Market a Modernist Home in Lexington, Massachusetts
December 9, 2016
Text by Maria LaPiana
The original residence built on the site of this rare Modernist home in Lexington, Massachusetts was featured in Better Homes and Gardens in March 1955, in an article titled “How to Stretch Space in a Small House.” The extraordinary home that sits on the property now—designed by architect Ben Olson and built in 2002 —does more than give the illusion of more space. It stretches the imagination.
Located in Five Fields, Lexington, Mass., the residence was inspired by the small, close-knit community of modernist homes established there in the 1950s by a few visionary local architects that included Bauhaus cofounder Walter Gropius. At 4,820 square feet, it’s certainly spacious enough. But it’s an abundance of natural light—from sliders and skylights and clerestory windows—and clean lines that are hallmarks of the gracious home. Its outdoor spaces (multiple decks and a courtyard patio) are true extensions of the interiors.
The floor plan includes formal, wide-open living and dining spaces and a fab kitchen (of course) featuring custom quarter sawn ash cabinetry and Indian granite countertops. Its five bedrooms and three and a half baths feature a secluded master suite with “Zen-like” bath and an extremely practical first-floor suite with sitting room and exterior access (perfect for an in-law or au pair).
The exterior’s multi-level, standing seam copper roof lines, glass walls, and vertical wood siding stained “Gropius grey” are evidence of its modernist pedigree. There’s a separate portico outbuilding off the garage, and the home is ideally suited to the natural landscape surrounding it, which includes wooded conservation land with a pond. (Five Fields yearly dues are $323 for common areas and about $500 for the pool, according to listing agents.)
The property is listed for $1,995,000 by Bill Janovitz and John Tse with William Raveis Real Estate in Boston. For more information, visit the property website or call (781) 856-0992 or (617) 851-3532.
Please note this home is no longer for sale.