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Not For Sale: Lexington Modern Green Dream House

We wrote about this house last March and now the promised photo shoot has been published on Zero Energy Design’s web site. Go see the great slide show and read details about the project. One stumbling block for fans of regional Modern houses is that they are generally located in the outskirts of suburban towns, which…

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Cape Cod Modern and Tomorrow’s Houses: New England Modernism

  I hate the to be the bearer of bad news, but with the kids heading back to school and Labor Day weekend upon us, the unofficial end of summer is here for those of us in the northern hemisphere. But we each have our ways of savoring those precious remaining days. Mine has been…

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Our Tour of Conantum

In the early 1950s, along 190 acres along the Sudbury River, not far from where Concord, Sudbury, and Lincoln meet, a Modernist neighborhood conceptualized by MIT Economics Professor, W. Rupert Maclaurin, and designed by Techbuilt and Snake Hill architect, Carl Koch, was developed. Renee Garrelick compiled an oral history of the neighborhood in 1986 (archived by the…

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Five Fields in the Boston Globe

  A truly excellent and comprehensive article by Linda Matchan that captures what makes Five Fields so special. Link here. Excerpt: …It is part of a small, tightknit, and, for its time, radical community of modernist homes known as Five Fields. The neighborhood, established in the postwar 1950s by a group of local architects, including…

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Ezra Stoller Shots of Five Fields

  In the past, we have posted some shots of Six Moon Hill from architectural photographer, Ezra Stoller. Here are some from Five Fields as it was being developed and soon thereafter. From Stoller’s bio on the Esto site: Ezra Stoller was born in Chicago in 1915, grew up in New York and graduated from…

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Summer’s Here. Time to Catch Our Breath

Man, oh, man! What a nutty spring market here in and around Lexington (never mind nearby planets like Cambridge, where one buyer bid $1.3 million over a $3.7 million asking price). Inventory has been tight. Bidding wars were the rule rather than the exception. Since January 2013, the Janovitz + Tse Team have had 19…

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Sally Harkness, 1915-2013

We were saddened to learn last month of the passing of Sally Harkness, a true innovator, at 98. At the time of her passing, Ms. Harkness was still living at the house she designed 65 years ago at Six Moon Hill, the neighborhood she co-founded with her colleagues in The Architects Collaborative (TAC). Here is…

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Sold: 11 Barberry Road, Five Fields

Click any photo to enlarge: Photos by Lara Kimmerer (interior) and John Tse (exterior) (Sale pending) We are thrilled to offer this listing of a classic Five Fields TAC (The Architects’ Collaborative) house, the first time this house has been available since it was designed and built in 1953. Expanded since, it strikes a remarkable…

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Sold: Our First Peacock Farm New Listing of 2013!

Photos by Lara Kimmerer (interior) and John Tse (exterior). Click any photo to enlarge: 53 Peacock Farm Road. Offered at $760,000.  Use the Contact button to schedule a private showing. Pictured in the 2013 New York Times last month, this is only the second Peacock Farm listing to be put on the market since our listing of a…

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Sampling of Inventory

Every once in a while, it is good to remind our readers that we also work as exclusive buyer’s agents. Time is too limited for us to work in a non-exclusive relationship (though we can limit our exclusivity to certain towns, leaving buyers free to work with other agents in other areas). Often, we are…

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Sold: Five Fields

Photos by Lara Kimmerer (interior) and John Tse (exterior). Click any photo to enlarge: 26 Barberry Road, Lexington $985,000  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to market this large modernist house in one of Lexington’s most significant modernist neighborhoods. Originally designed by The Architects Collaborative (TAC), in the highly desirable mid-century modern community of…

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Sold: The Swanson House: Listing in Brown’s Wood in Lincoln

Photos by Lara Kimmerer. Click any photo to enlarge:   “The Swanson House” is an updated and extremely well-maintained Walter Pierce-custom-designed mid-century modernist classic in Brown’s Wood, built in 1956. Expansive open floor plan, clean and soaring architectural lines, gleaming hardwood, and treetop views from walls of glass. Lower level offers home office or au…

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