The home is on Terrace Park. Drive by and you'll see it. Judge for yourself if it sticks out. And, if it does, is that a good thing? My take on it is if you love your home, you'll be happy living there and when you go to sell, it may be different, but it will stand out and people of the same tastes will love it. There is a community in Lexington with modern / Frank Llloyd Wright style homes and they sell because there are more contemporary home buyers in the area than you think.
The other towns in the area are all cut from the same cloth. Lynnfield / Andover / Stoneham. These are classic New England. But, there is a momentum for modern homes, especially with green features.
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I only know of one real contenporary and it's in Arlington on Park Ave.
If you are planning on a long term project then I would be less concerned than if I were doing this project and wanting to turn it around in 2-3 years. Green building is a bit more expensive right now, but it is the future and you should be good. I would sit with a local Realtor (a CRS) would be my preference and have them give you some projections. Best
Then, again, it might not be harder to sell. Other neighbors might follow suit, you never know.
You only go around once, Filip.
Every area has a contempo home here and there but it takes that special person that would appreciate the style. There are few contempoâ€™s in Belmont, Cambridge,Westford, Concord and Acton that I have been to and they were primary in a beautiful wooded setting, but a really tough sell because most people go for cookie cutter colonials for some sad reason.
I think that Cambridge would be your best bet because of forward thinking modern population if you can bear the costs.
if its on a wooded acre plus lot and you cant see your neighbors it doesnt matter, build what you want.
Having said that, if you are building a home for your pleasure only than dont worry about resale too much.
If you are building with resale in mind, keep it in line with what is popular in your area. same thing with interior finishes, if you were going to sell in 5 years I wouldnt put purple toilets and tubs, but if you will live there for 20 years put what you want for your enjoyment and swap it out when you move it will have paid for itself in the 20 years. so you can change fixtures you cant really change style or floor plan very easily.
As much as everyone says I dont want a box like everyone else, when it comes time to buy, thats the most popular.
its exciting to build your own home.
At the end of the day, if you are planning on a long term stint in your home.... 10 years plus build what you like, you are the one living there. After an intermediate to long term stay in your home the dollars and sense of it will make less of a difference.