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On the Market: A Modernist Paradise in Newton

Designed by Samuel Glaser, this home’s next door neighbor was devised by the Architects Collaborative and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius.


Samuel Glaser modernist house in Newton

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20 Drumlin Road, Newton
Price: $2,150,000
Size: 3,842 square feet
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 4.5

Looking for neighbors you can get along with? This modernist marvel is a good bet. The home was designed by Samuel Glaser, a Boston architect who once worked with the Architects Collaborative and its founder Walter Gropius to draw up the landmark that is the John F. Kennedy Federal Building, next to City Hall Plaza.

As for 20 Drumlin’s next door neighbor, the house was designed by Gropius himself—the perfect opportunity for some joint modernist-themed fetes.

This home, called the Leventhal House by its original owners, was last on the market just two short years ago. But having only had three owners since its 1949 construction, the opportunity to become number four, and own a local architectural masterpiece, is worth highlighting a second time.

In true modernist fashion, the three floors are replete with concrete floors (which have been refinished and even stained black in some rooms) and walls of glass, but a wooden bench, banister, and abundant built-in cabinetry bring warmth and brightness into the home. And for an extra dose of interest, a natural stone chimney starts on the lower level and opens into a fireplace on each floor, first in the sitting room, then in the living room and master bedroom. The stone makes an appearance outside, as well, jutting out from the side of the home before eclipsing the roofline, naturally merging the inside and out.

Another nice indoor-outdoor transition is the veranda at the back of the house, which creates what the agent refers to as an “outdoor room”—complete with curtains to partition it off from the rest of the flagstone patio. Look familiar? Check out the screened porch at Gropius House in Lincoln.

For information, contact The Janovitz-Tse Team, Compass, compass.com

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