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The Hayes Kelley house is full of original details

Single-story flat-roofed modern home with stone and wood-paneled walls, shoji windows, and sculpted bushes in front yard.
The home incorporates a few Japanese elements.
Photos by Kent Dayton courtesy of Victoria Kennedy

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Location: Norwood, Massachusetts

Price: $700,000

Another virtually untouched midcentury modern home has come on the market—this time, rather quietly—in Norwood, Massachusetts. Known as the Hayes Kelley House, it was designed in 1959 and completed in 1960 by Hayes Kelley and architect Charles Leofanti, remaining the Hayes family home for the rest of their lives.

Measuring 2,636 square feet, the single-story split-level residence features incredible original details, including floor-to-ceiling and clerestory windows all around, an open-plan step-down living area anchored by a handsome Walpole stone hearth, and a period kitchen featuring a Paul McCobb-designed kitchen with Mutschler Series 700 cabinets.

There’s also a study a few steps up a floating staircase with a shoji-screened window and a family room, with a glass-walled atrium at the center of the main communal space. The three bedrooms (all with built-in closets) are located in a wing of their own.

Other details include stone, carpeted, and tiled floors, as well as wood paneling, screens, and wallpaper in sections. It appears that a few minor updates have been made (namely the kitchen floors), but there shouldn’t be any problems restoring the home to its former glory.

Outside, the spacious backyard abuts Ellis Pond, while Japanese elements, like the aforementioned shoji screens, and garden features add another layer of depth. A new bluestone patio with hot tub, and a spiral staircase leading to the roof round out the property. Located at 540 Nichols Street just outside Boston, the house is offered at $700,000.

Courtesy of Victoria Kennedy