119 Park Ave, Arlington MA - Mid-Century Modern Stunner

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA

119 Park Ave, Arlington MA - Mid-Century Modern Stunner.  Do you like the clean, sleek lines of the Mid-Century Modern style of architecture? The open flow, the windows opening the house to light and greenery? Then you won't want to miss this updated Modernist house in Arlington Heights.

119 Park Ave Arlington MA

Built in 1948, the house has been expanded and upgraded with respect for the original architecture. Prior to the renovation from the street the house looked like a Cape though the window details gave some indication that there was something special hidden behind the New England-style facade.

Large living room in a Modernist house in Arlington Mass

Once inside, like many Modernist houses, 119 Park Avenue opened itself to the large backyard. The large windows flood the house with light and the fireplace and flowing floor plan are as contemporary as can be.

From 2005 to 2007 the house was expanded and renovated with a top notch team that included architectural firm, Single Speed Design, designers of The Big Dig House and Charlie Allen Restorations of Cambridge, recently selected as Boston Home Magazine's Best Restoration Contractor

The renovation preserves the mid-Century modern style while upgrading the systems, appliances and fixtures and adding living area to the second floor. An emphasis on quality is apparent throughout.

New kitchen appliances in a renovated Modernist house in Arlington MA

There is a new and stylish kitchen that includes

  • Stainless steel fridge
  • Stainless steel dual-fuel range with gas burners, electric / convection oven
  • Zephyr Venezia stove hood
  • Fisher & Paykel two-drawer dishwasher
  • Franke sink with Grohe faucet
  • Dacor warming drawer
  • Custom cabinets and Silestone counters

Built in stainless steel fridge in the new kitchen at 119 Park Ave Arlington Massachusetts

Both baths are new with laundry hookups in the first floor bath.

Bathroom in a renovated mid-Century Modern house in Arlington MA

The first floor includes the kitchen, dining room, a large livingroom with fireplace, two bedrooms, and a full bath.

Throughout the house quality upgrades include:

  • Customizable California Closet systems
  • Recessed lighting on dimmers
  • Rotaliana chandelier and entry lights
  • Flos pendant
  • Refinished original floors and cork flooring

Unique stairwell with skylight and study or studio behind in a Modernist house - Arlington MA

Surprises await upstairs!

Here you'll find the master suite of your dreams - a huge bedroom with adjacent deck, an office or studio space ideal for two, a walk-in closet outfitted by California Closets, and a bath that includes a deep soaking tub, separate shower with rain shower head, and a skylight.

Spacious master bedroom 119 Park Ave Arlington MA

Don't forget to check out the lower level - where you'll find a large rec room and a separate space for exercise equipment.

Updated systems include:

  • A new high efficiency furnace powered by gas that replaced the old oil-fired system
  • Central air conditioning
  • On-demand tankless Rinnaia hot water heater
  • Upgraded wiring including CAT-5 cable / internet / phone system with multiple outlets on the 1st & 2nd floors

Skylight lit bath in a renovated Modernist house in Arlington

There's a deep backyard with patio, expansive lawn and a garden, planted and nurtured by the previous owners and described by the sellers:

The yard is planted with blooming perennials that from the early spring to late fall bloom in sequences that splash the yard with color. 

Of the first to arrive in the spring are daffodils along with a few forsythias, followed by a symphony of blue with three iris varieties and several large rhododendron bushes as background. 

These are followed by an explosion of white for several weeks as the eight established peony plants on the property bloom.  Around this same time the dogwood tree in the front yard blooms - a profusion of pink blossoms that makes a spectacular sight from the second floor. 

The yard then goes from predominately blue to a sea of yellows and oranges in the summer as tiger lilies bloom punctuated by cone flowers, bee balm, and framed by hostas, and honeysuckle. 

The summer ends with the late blooming light purple hostas and lovely New England aster that invite in the fall colors. 

One neighbor likes to call the circular planting area in the backyard "Monet's garden."

Modernist House in Arlington MA

Exterior upgrades include:

  • New, redesigned roof over house and deck area
  • Redwood siding on the second floor
  • Mahogany deck
  • Bluestone wall and paver pathway at the front of the house
  • Patio at the back of the house
  • New entry stairs at the front and back of the house
  • Split rail fence

119 Park Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476 is listed for $789,000 and shown by appointment. Please call Elizabeth Bolton of Coldwell Banker, Cambridge at 617-504-1737 to schedule a visit or for additional information.

Comments (10)

Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

wow, Elizabeth, this house looks like those on a Home and Garden magazine.  It is beautiful and unique, I hope you sell it faster than you know it.

Jan 18, 2010 03:21 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Thanks Rita! It's a fabulous house.  There aren't many modernist house in Arlington though nearby towns like Lexington, Belmont, Lincoln and Concord have their share - though at higher prices. And what's really nice about this one is that the owners did fabulous upgrades but they're much in keeping with the house's roots and architecture.


Jan 18, 2010 03:39 AM
Chanda Barrick
Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast - Indianapolis, IN
in referral

Wow Liz, this home is awesome!  I love the upstairs outdoor area.  I'd love to sell a piece of real estate like this.  It is quite interesting sitting next to the very traditional home in the first pic.  Hope you find a buyer quickly.  If it shows as well as the pictures, I don't think you'll have a problem...  :)

Jan 18, 2010 05:16 AM
Joseph D. Federico
Donahue Real Estate Co. - Canton, MA
Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate

Liz-Congrats on listing this great looking home, best of luck.

Jan 18, 2010 07:34 AM
Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

Liz - What a cool house!  Love the kitchen and its features.  And the deck looks like a wonderful place to unwind after a hard day.  Best of luck in its sale.

Jan 18, 2010 10:06 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Chanda ~ Isn't it cool? It's really a pleasure to be in. And yes - there are more traditional homes nearby - Victorians, Dutch colonials, etc - a very pretty street.

Thanks Joe! It's a wonderful house so makes my job that much more fun.

Hi Susan ~ The kitchen redo was top notch - all the bells and whistles but a perfect style to complement the design of the house.


Jan 18, 2010 11:22 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a great property, Liz. I wish you the best of luck in getting this sold for your clients quickly. I could live there easily.


Jan 18, 2010 01:54 PM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Jeff ~ I could be very happy there too. It's one of my favorite architectural styles and there aren't many in Arlington.


Jan 18, 2010 02:04 PM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

I LOVE THIS HOUSE!!  Were the people in the picture planned because I love that too!  Best of luck on this unique listing!

Feb 10, 2010 08:07 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Renee ~ Isn't it a super house? It's getting a lot of attention from fans of modernism.  There are other examples in neighboring towns but at this price point tend to be in need of renovation / restoration.  Those are the homeowners in the photos from the architect. Not what we typically see but I think they're great pictures.


Feb 13, 2010 11:14 AM