On the Block

Mid-century modern homes for sale

These options--in Concord, Wellesley, and Brookline--will entice fans of this clean architectural style.


206 Holden Wood Road / CONCORD


LOT SIZE > 1.06 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 3 full


LAST SOLD FOR > $79,500 in 1977

Mary Chapman, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 978-302-0832,

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PROS Located in Conantum, a neighborhood designed by architect Carl Koch, this home has the clean lines and bringing-the-outdoors-in feeling that epitomizes mid-century modern style. A huge fireplace, ample windows, and sliders distinguish the living room. The first and second levels have bamboo floors. The kitchen, with unadorned cabinets that mimic original built-ins in two bedrooms, has Brazilian limestone counters. Two bedrooms at either end of the home have a wall of glass under the gables. CONS Updating is in order.


6 Wareland Road / WELLESLEY


LOT SIZE > 0.36 acres

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 2 full


LAST SOLD FOR > $650,000 in 2002

Kathy Kelley, Prudential Town and Country, 781-710-1035,

PROS Think stucco in Wellesley and this mod house is not what you envision. With a cathedral ceiling and many windows, the living room is welcoming. The kitchen, though not of the granite and stainless variety, feels current, with white cabinets and black counters. Off the kitchen, there’s a great sunroom with angled blond hardwoods that overlooks the patio and nicely landscaped yard. No bedroom is clearly a master, size-wise, but one has a three-quarter bath en suite. The full bath is updated. CONS Knotty-pine paneling in one room is out of synch with the home. Though most flooring is nice, it’s not uniform.


124 Arlington Road / BROOKLINE


LOT SIZE > 0.35 acres

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 3 full


LAST SOLD FOR > $895,000 in 2003

Michele Friedler, Hammond Residential Real Estate, 617-877-8177,

PROS Many of its neighbors are stately brick Colonials, and then there’s this: a boxy contemporary with painted white brick and a mod wrought-iron stair rail. Inside is wide open, with doorways removed between the big living room, dining room, family room, and kitchen. Casement windows allow light to flow in and play off the gleaming hardwoods. Unexpected: a small mudroom off the kitchen and a den off the living room. There’s access to Skyline Park walking trails via the yard. CONS The main bath is dated.

— Vanessa Parks