Sold: Expanded Mid-Century Modern in Turning Mill Lexington

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2 Partridge Road, Lexington UNDER AGREEMENT

The promise of the undeniable curb appeal is fulfilled in this large, lovingly maintained mid-century modern in Turning Mill, close to the Paint Rock neighborhood pool, with four bedrooms; two and a half baths, including an en suite master bath; central air; and 2592 square feet of living area. An open, expansive, flexible, and flowing floor plan.

The kitchen has been updated with granite and newer stainless steel appliances. Off of the living room and kitchen, there is an addition with a formal step-down dining room and a private den or office. There is a family room (or play room) open to the kitchen, with sliders out to the deck. There is a laundry room and half bath off of the play room. A heated and air conditioned three-season sunroom flows from the kitchen and dining rooms. A two-car garage; and separate workshop room. Enjoy spring from your tiered deck in the private wooded backyard and lushly landscaped yard.

Showings begin Friday, April 27. Open house Sunday, April 29, 1-3:00.

Contact Bill or John to arrange a showing.

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The architecture and the neighborhood

Residents love the area due to its proximity to the highly desirable Estabrook Elementary school (adjacent — many kids walk or bike) and because it offers membership in the country-club-like Paint Rock swimming pool, which is getting some improvements and updates just in time for the 2012 season. 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 this last summer:


Built in 1962 by Holiday Homes of Wayland, A.K.A. a builder named Eugene C. Roberts, the design of 2 Partridge Road was from the Architectural Planning Associates at 152 Newbury Street, Boston. The principals of that firm were Sandford R. Greenfield and Paul J. Carroll. Later, it seems that they had a firm called Carroll and Greenfield, Architects, before going off on their own. The house is similar in layout to a Peacock Farm house, but is significantly larger, even without the additions. (Please note, the town of Lexington mistakenly has house listed at 4 Partridge, but all mail comes to the mailbox, labeled 2 Partridge. This will hopefully be cleared up January 2013.)

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.


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.