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Photos by Lara Kimmerer, John Tse (additional exterior) and Gaye Johnson (additional exterior and sunroom interior).

Offered at $1,389,000. Showings begin Friday, June 7. Open houses Saturday June 7, and Sunday,  June 8, times to be decided. Use contact button to arrange private showing.

We are very happy to offer one of our favorite homes in town. Located in one of Lexington’s top neighborhoods, 32 Percy Road is an outstanding turn-of-the-century house. Built circa 1900, it likely encompasses part of an 1890 farmhouse structure that predates its Colonial Revival style. There are 10 rooms, five bedrooms, three and a half baths, a semi-finished lower level used as a home gym, one fireplace, and 4154 square feet of living area (including 649 in the finished lower level). The lush, landscaped 17,678 s.f. lot was designed by Zen Associates, Inc. in 1998.

The house has been meticulously maintained by the current owners, who also renovated the third floor into a luxurious master suite, among other improvements (most are enumerated in the below list). The master suite is a grown-up escape, like a five-star treehouse, with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights with remote control shades and ventilation. French doors open to a private balcony, and a reading/meditation nook with a window seat is a perfect place to curl up with a book. There is an en-suite master bath with a Jacuzzi tub, double shower, and double vanity. A Miele washer and dryer (all washers/dryers negotiable) set are hidden away in the built-in cabinetry, one of two washer/dryer sets on the upper two floors. There is an ingeniously designed system of built-in clothing cabinets, with deep Elfa drawers that can be changed out seasonally, winter clothes hiding away in the warm weather months and vice versa.

The most recent previous owner was Sarah Westlake, an artist, and Merle Westlake, a distinguished architect who had been a principal at Hugh Stubbins Associates, a firm that designed for some of the most famous mid-century skyscrapers in America’s cities, as well as notable university housing and campus buildings (Stubbins himself had a Modernist house on Dover Road in Lexington). Westlake was also an author and historian and the stamp he put on 32 Percy via his own renovations of the house still resonate harmoniously. Mrs. Westlake had her studio on the top floor of 32 Percy and one of her paintings hangs proudly in the house.

Munroe Hill is one of Lexington’s most desirable neighborhoods, in walking distance to Lexington Center, Lexington High School, and the bike path. Percy Road was previously called Mt. Vernon Street and the new appellation was controversial at the time, as it was named after General Percy, who headed the British Regulars in the Battles of Lexington and Concord and who commandeered the Munroe Tavern as a triage post during the war. The neighborhood is one of America’s first suburban developments, dating back to the 1891 formation of the Lexington Land Company, which was the developer. All original houses were custom-designed by notable architects and none were built on spec. Most original buyers were merchants who took the train out from Boston and might have been familiar with Lexington as a place to spend summers.

The respect for its history remains vibrant in Lexington and the historic Munroe Tavern, just a stone’s throw down the hill from 32 Percy, is open to the public and the world renowned Patriot’s Day parade marches down Massachusetts Avenue in front of Percy Road each April.

There is a neighborhood tennis court just behind the house on Washington Street. membership is available for residents.

Here are a list of improvements and upgrades undertaken by the current owners since they purchased the house in 2005:

Entire house

  • Central air conditioning and related ductwork and wall unit in sun room
    • Two A/C handlers on third floor and one in basement
    • Three condensing units (exterior)
    • Three programmable thermostats – one per floor
  • Roof – 30-year Timberline shingled roof (old roof removed)
  • Gutters
  • Lighting fixtures throughout
  • Numerous new electrical outlets and light switches throughout
  • Sanded and refinished existing hardwood floors throughout
  • Painted exterior and interior
  • Hard-wired smoke detectors throughout

 

First Floor

Sunroom:

  • Raised ceiling
  • Hardwood floor
  • Top windows on south side (looking out to Sugar Maple Tree)
  • Two Velux manual venting skylights
  • Transom window from study/living room over double door
  • Wall unit AC (remote control)
  • Casablanca ceiling fan (remote control)
  • Custom pull-down light-blocking shades

 

Foyer:

  • Light fixtures in ceiling and over mantle
  • Shelf over radiator under window

 

Half Bathroom:

  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Mirror and small shelf
  • Travertine tile
  • Light fixture

 

Living Room/Study:

  • Widened entrance
  • Added archway to match other archways to increase flow and light

 

Dining Room:

  • Large bay window on east side of house
  • Bench seat (with upholstered cushion) and storage space around radiator under bay window on east side of house
  • Removed wall and sliding door between dining room and kitchen
  • 2007 – Cherry sideboard to match kitchen cabinetry and island (custom built by Oak Gallery Fine Furniture in Lexington)
  • Light fixture over dining room table
  • Travertine tile floor

 

Kitchen:

  • Cherry island (with drawers for storage) (custom built by Oak Gallery Fine Furniture)
  • Cherry pantry cabinet and drawer system to the left of the refrigerator (custom built by Oak Gallery Fine Furniture)
  • Bench seat (with upholstered cushion) and storage space around radiator under garden window on north side of house
  • 2008 – Culligan Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System with dispenser on deep kitchen sink
  • 2008 – Miele Incognito dishwasher
  • 2011 – Subzero refrigerator
  • 2008 – Two new garbage disposals — one under each sink
  • Travertine tile floor
  • Travertine backsplash
  • 2011 – Glass cooktops to Jenn-Air stove
  • Light fixtures over island and center of kitchen

 

Second Floor:

South bedroom (koalas)

  • 2009 – Ceiling light and switch
  • Shelves

 

Southeast bedroom (Red Sox)

  • Ceiling light and switch
  • Shelves

 

Northeast bedroom (Beatles)

  • Ceiling light and switch over vanity
  • Added vanity/desk area next to closet

 

West Bedroom (study) 

  • Wall separating study from hallway and laundry area
  • French doors
  • Ceiling light fixtures and switch

 

Laundry Area

  • Stacked washer and dryer
  • Shelves and slider doors
  • All plumbing, electric, and ventilation for lights, washer, and dryer and added all new insulation behind north wall

 

First Full Bathroom (with bath and one sink)

  • Lights over vanity
  • Added exhaust fan

 

Third Floor

 General

  • Raised height of doorway into third floor
  • Outdoor deck and railing added to east side of house
  • Railing around stairwell
  • Removed walls and ceilings down to studs
  • Brought up all electric and plumbing for air handlers, sinks, toilet, showerheads, bath, washer, dryer, refrigerator, microwave, and new lighting and outlets on interior and on deck
  • Replaced and added all light fixtures throughout entire third floor and on third-floor deck (including recessed and track lighting)
  • Replaced all insulation on third floor
  • New electrical outlets throughout entire third floor and on third-floor deck
  • Velux roof window and shade on south side
  • Six Velux electric venting skylights (and light-blocking shades) on north side of roof (operated with remote control)
  • Four new windows
  • French doors to deck
  • Top-down or bottom-up light-blocking shades on French doors and 8 vertical windows on north side of third floor
  • Forced hot air
  • Cabinets for Miele washer and dryer
  • Custom Elfa drawer system
  • Shelves and closets on east side of third floor
  • Window seat with upholstered cushions and structures around air handler and ductwork under south peak
  • Beadboard wainscoting throughout bathroom and south peak
  • All master bathroom fixtures, including Jacuzzi tub, sinks, double shower, mirrors, toilet, etc.
  • Expanded third floor to accommodate double shower
  • Travertine tile on floor, shower, and tub platform in master bathroom
  • New hardwood floor on portions of third floor
  • Casablanca ceiling fan

 

Garage

  • 2008 – LiftMaster garage door opener and exterior keypad

 

Basement

  • 2013 – Ceramic tile in sitting and exercise areas
  • 2013 – B-Dry Waterproofing system (guaranteed) with battery backup
  • Utility sink

The boiler and water tank were installed in 2002. Washers and dryers and dining room sideboard excluded/negotiable.