On the Market: A Midcentury Modern Ranch in Lynnfield
Cook up dinner under the kitchen skylights and look through the wall of glass at the heated outdoor pool.
12 Alexandra Road, Lynnfield
Size: 4,204 square feet
These North Shore digs are about to blow any expectations you have for ranch homes out of the water—which, in this property’s case, comes in the form of a huge heated pool in the cloistered backyard. With one main level of living and a flowing floor plan, the 1961 build manages to invoke midcentury elegance and contemporary pizazz at the same time.
Its architecture, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and executed by Don Schulz, earned an award for “best new home design” in the ’60s, and in recent years extensive renovations have made the interior just as award-worthy. Beyond ripping up the beige carpeting and replacing it with Italian porcelain tiling with a slate-like finish, the sellers punched skylights into the vaulted kitchen ceilings and decked the open cooking area out with a 13-foot island. West Elm pendant bulbs float above the quartz counters and walnut cabinetry, and warm lighting underneath the cupboards and counter overhang gives an extra glow to the sleek fixtures. Walnut wood coheres all of the rooms, from the panels in the front foyer to the walnut-wrapped ceiling beams in the bedrooms and living room.
Another piece of connective tissue is all of the glass throughout the home—an entire wall in the kitchen and another in the family room. It’s a good thing, because the landscaped yard deserves to be admired even when you’re baking a loaf of pumpkin bread or unwinding on the couch. An expansive patio surrounds the L-shaped pool and mature trees, shrubbery, and a fence shelter the corner lot from passersby.
Though single-level living is a major perk for new parents and golden agers alike, the finished lower level is very much worth the trip downstairs. The recently renovated space comprises another family room, a guest room, a laundry area, and stylish home office with a built-in desk that just might come in handy these days.
For information, contact the Nikki Martin Team, Compass, compass.com.
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