Living Large: Back to the Future

This 1980′s Weston real estate gem has withstood the test of time.

By | Roost |

I don’t get out to Weston much — this urban gal’s ankle monitor usually goes berserk when she crosses Route 128 — but I had to see if my instincts were correct about an alleged gem from 1983. Designed by architect Leland Cott and landscaped by Zen Associates, the house has a respectable lineage, but I wondered: Had it stood the test of time? (The ’80s are not exactly synonymous with quality construction.)

Photo by Bob O'Connor.

Turns out, the place was built to last. The architects responsible for millennial bloat have much to learn from this home’s elegant layout, from its granite-floor entry hall to the beautiful custom kitchen, idyllic patio, and man-made pond. Cott’s design also features some high-class tricks, including an angled roof made of translucent panels that, by bringing in soft, filtered sunlight, creates a modern, museumlike ambiance.

Flush track lighting, a stepped plan, and strip windows also echo contemporary gallery design. Add in a grand marble fireplace and an ingenious sitting loft upstairs (all bedrooms open to the common space), and you’ve got a 5,930-square-foot family home that’s also great for entertaining. I guess the decade that birthed hair metal and Madonna does have a thing or two to teach us.

Address: 88 Cliff Rd., Weston; Listing price: $2,950,000; Listing agent: Terry Maitland, LandVest, 617-357-8949,; Stats: Five bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths, elevator, three-car garage