This retro abode in Lexington is on the market for the first time in decades, and if its new owners can close on it before autumn arrives, they’ll enjoy a coveted summertime amenity: access to the neighborhood pool.
Built in 1962, the four-bedroom home at 10 Partridge Road ticks all the boxes of midcentury modern design: Open-concept living spaces with soaring ceilings and expansive windows make the house feel airy and bright, while a sloping roof and angular overhangs add groovy curb appeal.
The home was constructed near the border of Burlington as part of Lexington’s Turning Mill neighborhood. Carl Koch, who studied under Bauhaus school founder Walter Gropius at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, initially laid out the neighborhood, then called Middle Ridge, in 1955. But it was a developer named Eugene Roberts who built this post-and-beam house, as well as several others on the same street.
Listing agent Bill Janovitz said its split-level design was inspired by homes done by architect Walter Pierce in Lexington’s Peacock Farm neighborhood. Indeed, aside from its time-honored Colonials, Lexington is home to many midcentury-style homes in subdivisions, thanks to an influx of young professional buyers who flocked to fill the area’s technology jobs in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Other well-known modernist neighborhoods in town include Five Fields and Six Moon Hill.
Residents of Turning Hill receive membership to Paint Rock Pool, a private neighborhood pool across the street from the home. Janovitz said the facility was renovated in 2012 — the pool itself is roped off for lap swimming and diving, and a small shallow end can accommodate small children. There are also changing rooms, a bathhouse, outdoor and indoor showers, poolside lounge chairs, and a shaded deck with picnic tables.
Aside from pool access, the property offers roughly 0.69 acres on a wooded lot. Almost every room, from the formal dining room to the living area appointed with a fireplace, overlook the leafy yard, where there’s an equally retro potting shed and plenty of shade from the surrounding pine trees. A detached two-car garage at the end of the driveway boasts built-in shelving for extra storage.
Over the years, the house has been expanded upon. Rooms not original to the 1962 construction include a front entryway, an enlarged kitchen, and a step-down addition with a home office and the dining room. The office is sunny and spacious, and comes with its own entrance. Today, the home totals 2,388 square feet, making room for two-and-a-half bathrooms.
The kitchen boasts plenty of cabinet space, not to mention high ceilings, a center island, double ovens, and a terracotta tile floor. It opens to a small deck in the backyard, where an outdoor dining set could fit comfortably. Shining hardwood floors cover the living areas on the main level, including the breakfast room off of the kitchen. The three bedrooms on the main level, including the master, come carpeted, however. On the lower level, there’s a utilities and storage area, plus a family room, a bathroom with a washer and dryer, and a bedroom.
The property is within walking distance from just over two miles of trails at the Paint Mine conservation area. It’s named for a natural ochre deposit, which is a type of clay that’s been used to create paint pigments. There, visitors can hike to the former ochre mine on the preserve.
Estabrook Elementary School and the Burlington Mall are also nearby, as are places to board the Lexpress, Lexington’s town bus service.
Bill Janovitz and John Tse of Compass and modernmass.com have listed the property for $1,050,000.