Expanded and Updated in Turning Mill

8 Gould Road. [Sold $1,060,000] Offered at $899,000.  Contact us for showings or questions. 

Photos by Lara Kimmerer except the twilight shots, taken by John Tse. Click any photo to enlarge and watch as a slide show. 

What a value! Updated five-bedroom Peacock Farm-style Mid-Century Modern with an expanded chef’s kitchen addition with quartz counters; a huge kitchen island with sink; gas (propane) stainless Jenn Air range and refrigerator; and out-venting range hood. All the great features of the original Walter Pierce-designed home: soaring ceilings; walls of windows; open-concept floor plan; and post-and-beam construction. Thoughtfully sited on a wooded lot on the corner of a cul de sac. Gleaming hardwood and cork floors. Two bedrooms and full bath on the walk-out first level. Three more bedrooms upstairs, including master with an en suite bath, as well as shared bath. Two other additions: a family room + heated sun room help set this house apart. Bonded membership in the refurbished and heated Paint Rock Pool and in the same neighborhood as the highly lauded Estabrook Elementary School. Come see why the architecturally consistent Turning Mill Neighborhood continues to be one of Lexington’s gems.

  • Kitchen addition with stainless professional quality Jenn Air refrigerator and propane gas range
  • Quartz counters
  • Reverse osmosis water filtration
  • Forced hot water baseboard heat filed by oil, three zones
  • Multiple outdoor spaces including an inviting patio
  • Recently repainted exterior and some interior
  • Newer storage shed
  • Family room and sun room additions
  • 2,543 of living area
  • A private corner .70 acre lot (30,436 s.f.)
  • 200 amp electric
  • 2007 roof

The architecture and the neighborhood

The house was originally in 1958 and is an expanded version of the Peacock Farm style house, designed by architect Walter PierceRead more here about the origin of the “Peacock Farm” house via the development of the neighborhood that gave it its name.

The land for the Turning Mill neighborhood was purchased by the Techbuilt Corporation. Most people in Lexington know the area as Turning Mill, but it started out being referred to as Middle Ridge. Though it is now a large area of eight or nine streets, it started around Demar Road, with Techbuilt houses designed by Carl Koch, before growing further north and west and incorporating other modern designs, most notably, the Peacock Farm-style house plan designed by Walter Pierce, who along with Danforth Compton founded Lexington’s Peacock Farm neighborhood on the other side of town. This design was licensed out to other developers, as was the case here in Turning Mill. There have also been some Deck Houses built. The expanded part of the area is now referred to as “Upper Turning Mill.

Residents love the area due to its proximity to the 2015-built Estabrook Elementary school (adjacent) and because it offers membership in the country-club-like Paint Rock swimming pool. It also borders the vast Paint Mine conservation area, with beautiful walking trails. The Lexpress bus runs through. And a quick zip takes you down backroads to Whole Foods, Staples, Super Stop & Shop, Marshall’s, and so on in Bedford, or back the other way into the center of Lexington. And it is not far from Route 128.

Here is the swimming pool from 2012:

Research in part via Lexington Historic Survey, which notes:

The fourteen houses constructed as part of Section IV, are all located on Turning Mill Road. The dwellings were for themost part constructed in 1960 and 1962 with three houses constructed in 1965-6. Building department records indicate that the houses were all constructed by Eugene C. Roberts of Wayland (also known as Holiday Homes). The houses in this area were built according to several basic models, designed by Architectural Planning Associates (152 Newbury Street, Boston).
Several of the houses in this area, including 19 Turning Mill Road and 26 Turning Mill Road are chalet-like dwellings with symmetrical gablefronts, sheathed in vertical red cedar siding with second story balconies. Building plans describe this as “Turning Mill House No. 3″. Many of the houses in this section consist of elongated Raised Ranch-style dwellings with overhanging eaves and cantilevered canopies suspended over the entrance. Several houses within this area were designed by other architects including 18 Turning Mill Road, a cedar and concrete residence designed in 1960 by Henneberg and Hejineberg of Cambridge… The house at 28 Turning Mill Road was built according to plans by Scholz Homes of Toledo, Ohio… The plan is dated 1957 and is described as a California Contemporary, plan 11063. The…house at 30 Turning Mill Road was designed in 1961 by Lucy Rapperport of Lincoln.