An Irresistible Midcentury in Massachusetts Asks $700K

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By Alison Sinkewicz
For the purist searching for an unadulterated piece of midcentury design, 540 Nichols Street in Norwood, Massachusetts, outside of Boston, is a pristine time capsule.

Designed in 1959 by Hayes Kelley and architect Charles Leofanti and built in 1960, the 2,636-square-foot midcentury home was where Kelley, his wife, and their children stayed for their entire lives. 

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The home boasts original finishes such as a kitchen featuring Paul McCobb-designed, Mutschler Series 700 cabinetry with a functioning charcoal grill, and an elegant Walpole stone fireplace. High ceilings and glossy finishes lit by smart, connected lighting keeps the classic design from feeling stuffy. Shoji-screened windows and meshing throughout add subtle texture and depth to the space. 

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At the heart of the home, an open-sky glass atrium surrounds the kitchen and dining rooms, bringing the outdoors in, and opening up to the 28,900-square-foot lot which borders Ellis Pond. Minimalist, sculptured gardens surround the home.

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A spiral staircase winds up to the rooftop, where Manhattans and a few dry gin martinis could most certainly be enjoyed after a '50s-inspired dinner party.

For more information, visit the Hayes Kelley House online.

Project Credits:

-Architecture: Charles Leofanti

-Builder: Hayes Kelley

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