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