552 Concord Ave, Lexington, MA 02421, USA
Past Listings, Sold
$1,199,999 sold for $1,320,000
Escape to the highly sought-after pioneering modernist neighborhood of Five Fields — designed and developed by internationally renowned Gropius-founded firm, The Architects Collaborative (TAC) — featuring a neighborhood pool and common fields with a recent architect-designed playground. Sited back from the road on a private wooded lot with a backyard abutting conservation, this cheerful and well-maintained midcentury-modern house is filled with natural light from oversized windows, bringing the outdoors in. A thoughtful floor plan balances private spaces with an open concept living area. A dining area with a fireplace flows between the open kitchen to a huge living room addition with vaulted ceilings. Glass sliders open to a deck overlooking Juniper Hill conservation land. A 2-story wing with 5 bedrooms and 2 baths allows you to shut out the world for a while or concentrate on your work. The lower level has a family room, 3 bedrooms and full bath. A 2-car garage has extra storage. Work and vacation from home!
For showing requests or questions, please contact us below.
All offers will be reviewed Tuesday, September 8 at 4:00 P.M .
The below is taken from our history of Five Fields, which is included in an overview of the modernist communities found in Lexington, here at this page (includes a video tour of Five Fields, Moon Hill, and Peacock Farm).
While the houses of Six Moon Hill in Lexington were mainly built as a community to house the highly collaborative The Architects Collaborative (TAC) partners and associates themselves (Bauhaus and TAC founder, Walter Gropius, built his own famous house out in the nearby town of Lincoln), the architects also conceived of their next such development of spec houses to sell to other home buyers and chose a farm on the southwestern part of town. The old Cutler Farm was purchased by the TAC and the young firm moved forward on their conception of a development that they would control from beginning to end. This became the neighborhood known as Five Fields.
One of the original eight TAC partners, Dick Morehouse, who was a resident of Moon Hill, oversaw the project and even acted as a salesman, showing the new homes to interested buyers.
The project was conceptualized as 68 house sites, though the initial phase consisted of 20 houses built in 1951, 1952, and 1953, the sales of which would finance the rest of the project. The original price points of these homes—some of which now fetch close to $2 million– ranged from about $18,000-35,000.
“For twenty years after the establishment of the neighborhood, TAC approval had to be obtained for additions. The restriction expired in the early 1970s. Today, almost all of the houses have been modified or added onto over the years, obscuring what was originally a neighborhood of houses built as variations on a few standard plans.” (See link to source, below).
As one of the other original partners, Chip Harkness, explained to the Boston Globe a number of years ago, describing the goals of the TAC when they set out to build Moon Hill, “An initial goal was low-income housing. We were shooting to build homes for under $15,000. That’s quite a bit less than the $1 million one of the houses recently went for.” Like Moon Hill, form followed function in the design of the Five Fields houses, the homes were sited sympathetically into their surroundings and the existing contours of the land, and there was common land set aside and a swimming pool, a playground with playing fields, and a skating pond, for the community. This community spirit carries on today in both Moon Hill and Five Fields.
A boy jumps into the Five Fields swimming pool, from the commemorative book, Five Fields — Five Decades: A Community in Progress.
See Five Fields in our video of the neighborhood and other midcentury-modern neighborhoods history here.
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