We checked listings nationwide and found only a dozen homes across the country that mention “Bauhaus” in their listing details.
“You just don’t see this Bauhaus or international style very much at all. You see midcentury modern sprinkled into the housing around here, but those were built during the middle part of the 20th century. This one was built during the Great Depression and, being so grand, it is unusual,” says listing agent Justin Green, with In Realty.
Behind the Bauhaus history
In 1937, architect and arts patron Nathaniel Saltonstall built this home for himself. He was the first president of the Boston Museum of Modern Art, now called the Institute of Contemporary Art.
In the decades since, only two other people have owned the property.
“This owner has owned it since 2010, and he has restored basically everything,” Green explains. “He had the Harvard School of Architecture out to consult on various things that were done. Where he could save anything that was original, he had it fully restored.”
Timely updates and serious style
Anything in the Bauhaus home that isn’t original is period-appropriate—except the mechanicals in the basement. All the infrastructure is 21st-century quality.
“It’s like a Porsche, it really is. It’s like a finely made ship that landed on Earth,” Green says. “There are all-new systems and HVAC and all the bells and whistles. It’s like an engine room down there.”
The 8.79-acre parcel includes two houses. The four-bedroom Bauhaus design is the main house and measures 3,553 square feet.
“It’s a jaw dropper. There are so many details to look at, and everything has a story. Even the hardware is extremely unique,” Green says.
With a total of 14 rooms, there’s plenty of space to host friends and family.
“It was really built for entertaining. When you approach it from the front, it has a very formal feel to it and you’re sort of received into a foyer that has a coatroom,” Green explains. “Then it winds up in a staircase, which is all glass block that’s three stories, which is just so unique.”
The second house, at 1,495 square feet, was built in the mid-1950s to accommodate a caretaker or small staff. It has three bedrooms.
“The original [Bauhaus] house included a room for someone who would have helped around. Apparently, at some point, the owner decided he wanted to have the house to himself and he built that house in the front,” Green explains.
The current owner is finishing a full renovation of the smaller home.
“It’s nearly complete with a new kitchen, new systems, new bathrooms, floors, painting, and everything. But it’s still under construction,” Green adds.
The compound would be perfect for a buyer with horses or a multigenerational family, the agent adds.
“I love that it has a formality, but then it’s very homey and very comfortable. It’s beautiful, serene, and elegant. Every little detail is thought of, and it was very thoughtfully designed.”
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