Real estate


With myriad windows, Acorn Deck House lets sun shine in

5 Joseph Comee Road, Lexington; $1,499,000

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The home sits on a 0.78-acre lot that abuts conservation land.

There’s stone and there’s wood, but most of all there is sunlight in this Acorn Deck House. The contemporary, with its ubiquitous post-and-beam, panelized construction and large windows, seems to blend into the landscape in this wooded setting.

The abundance of natural light is most prominent in the south-facing kitchen, compliments of a double-decker helping of plate-glass windows that span one wall. A vaulted ceiling towers over U-shaped counters of a light-colored, flecked granite. The updated space offers high-end stainless-steel appliances, including a wine refrigerator, and an island with seating for three.

The kitchen shares a large open space with the dining area, where a rectangular light fixture reflects the home’s clean architectural lines. The dining room has sliding doors that connect to an expansive, new mahogany wraparound deck. A short hallway off the dining/kitchen area leads into a 33-foot-wide living room with a stone-faced fireplace flanked by wood shelving and a sliding glass door to the deck.


Throughout the house, Douglas fir beams stained a dark brown crisscross dramatically, visually counterpointing the natural-cedar-decked, tongue-and-groove ceiling. The doors, windows, and stairs are mahogany, and the floors are a warm-hued oak.

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Viewed on the floor plan, the house is shaped something like the blade of an ice hockey stick. It’s on the second floor where this geometric design is most noticeable; the wings are connected by a long hallway with waist-high walls that afford a view of the kitchen below.

The master suite occupies most of the wing on the right side of the house. It has a large sleeping area, a fireplace, and a deep walk-in closet with built-in cabinetry. In the bath, the focal point is the whirlpool tub. It’s three steps up. There is also a freestanding shower with multiple heads.

The smallest of the home’s other three bedrooms is adjacent to the master. The other bedrooms are equal in size (18 by 12 feet), but one has a skylight. A laundry room, full bath, and office without a closet complete this floor.

The finished basement offers an additional 1,040 square feet of living space and has a carpeted family room with a walk-in cedar closet, aboveground windows, an exercise room, a half bath, and utility space. The home, which sits on a 0.78-acre lot that abuts conservation land, has an attached two-car garage.


The listing agent, Justine Wirtanen of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Lexington, will hold an open house on Sunday, June 24, from noon to 2 p.m.


Style: Contemporary

Year built: 1986

Square feet: 3,420

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 2 full, 2 half

Sewer/water: Public

Taxes: $19,097 (2016)

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The foyer
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The 33-foot-wide living room with a stone-faced fireplace flanked by wood shelving and a sliding glass door to the deck.
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The kitchen faces south.
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Looking down into the kitchen from the second-floor balcony.
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The fireplace and window seat in the master suite
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The master bath with skylight
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The walk-in closet in the master
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The closet is this bedroom has built-ins.
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The wraparound deck

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