SOLD! Expanded Peacock Farm House in Turning Mill

62 Turning Mill Road. Offered at $899,000.

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A remarkable opportunity to buy this expanded Walter-Pierce-designed Modernist Peacock Farm house on a huge private wooded lot with a grassy lawn. Located in the Turning Mill neighborhood, coveted due to its private heated country-club-like swimming pool and proximity to the new Estabrook school, this light-filled home with soaring ceilings boasts five bedrooms, a recent kitchen with an open floor plan it shares with a family room addition, and an attached two-car garage. The living room sports the the soaring ceilings associated with Peacock Farm houses, and the post-and-beam construction allows maximum flexibility for floor plan changes. Along with updated hot water baseboard heating and other systems, the property is spacious and only awaits your personal touch. Picture barbecues and badminton in the backyard after a day seeing friends at the pool. Kids can bike to school. Lexpress bus takes you to Lexington Center and the Burlington Mall.

Showings begin June 13. Open houses Saturday and Sunday, June 17/18. Times TBD. Offers shall be presented on Monday, June 19.

The architecture and the neighborhood

The Peacock Farm style house was 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 more 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.