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By Barrett Sotheby's Realty | Broker in Concord, MA

31 Moon Hill Road | Lexington Massachusetts

This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to own an architectural gem, designed by The Architects Collaborative (TAC), and located at 31 Moon Hill Road in a most coveted neighborhood, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

This house was designed by Robert McMillan in 1950, and later expanded with a front entry addition designed by Norman Fletcher; both were original founding partners of TAC. This is a chance to step into a pure, unadulterated Modern masterpiece as only its second owner. The well-maintained four-bedroom home celebrates the beauty of natural materials – redwood paneling; a large flagstone fireplace; original kitchen with cherry counters; walls of glass; and spacious decks that meld the interior spaces to the landscape.

The open and thoughtful layout is all that a family could ask for. Two children’s bedrooms with fabulous sliding walls open up directly to a large family room. The master bedroom suite features built-in bureaus and ample storage. The home has a lower-level bedroom that leads to a brick terrace and adjoins a third full bathroom.

The convenient pantry off the kitchen and large first-floor laundry and workshop rooms reveal the understanding TAC designers had of how families truly live and work – ideas that are as fresh today as when they were conceived.

The house sits at the highest point in the Six Moon Hill neighborhood and has a commanding view over the terraces; garden spaces; rock outcroppings; and exquisite, natural landscaping that make up the .65 acre lot. Avid gardeners will also appreciate the home’s attached greenhouse. The property is approached from Moon Hill Road by a stone walkway or by car from Bird Hill Road.

The Architects Collaborative (TAC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded on principals of collaboration with Walter Gropius, head of the Architecture Department at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the original founder of the Bauhaus in Germany. The partners wanted to bring this model of collaboration beyond their business into how they lived, so they purchased 20 acres of land for this residential development in 1948. Six Moon Hill got its name at the time of purchase from a garage on the site that housed six cars manufactured by the Moon Motor Car Company.

All but two of the 28 houses in Moon Hill were designed by TAC architects, who also remained as residents – some to this day. Many of the houses, over time, have been expanded while keeping the character of the original designs.

Sally Zimmerman of Historic New England writes: “Conceived from the start as an experiment in community living and centered on principles of naturalistic siting, good architectural design, cooperative control, and shared amenities and common land, Six Moon Hill is architecturally and historically one of the most significant post-World War II suburban residential enclaves in the United States.”

The development was lauded in its own time, and was featured in a 1954 Vogue magazine article as well as in numerous design and architectural publications.

Current residents of Six Moon Hill still enjoy a strong sense of community and benefit from shared amenities, including common open land and a community pool. The cul-de-sac’s quiet location in the midst of Lexington and its close proximity to shops and highly rated schools make living here a dream come true.

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