Sold: $585,000. Offered at $525,000. 540 Nichols Street, Norwood. Contact us for details or questions. We are happy to partner with William Raveis agent, Mark O’Donnell on this listing. Photos by Lara Kimmerer. Click any photo to enlarge and view as a slide show. 

You can live the Mad Men lifestyle close to Boston! Designed by Hayes Kelley — a fine artist and bona fide ad man — for his own family, this home exudes timeless high Modernism, with such traits that fans of the design aesthetic expect: loads of natural light from floor-to-ceiling walls of glass; an open floor-plan designed over a sprawling single level; high ceilings; a Zen influence from Japanese tradition; high ceilings; a blend of natural and man-made materials; and stylish fixtures. Some of the outstanding features of this home include a step-down living room with a dramatic tall stone fireplace, accented by a back-lighted sculpture called “Dancing Couple,” by Frederick Weinberg (more details on Weinberg here and here) (negotiable); an elevated den/family room area is open to the kitchen below. The kitchen is a high-end Mutschler Series 700, designed by Paul McCobb.

From the Series 700 brochure (click to enlarge):

 

 

The kitchen is large and open with ample cabinet space, open charcoal grille, gas stove, and beautiful backyard views to central courtyard garden (providing even more light to the interior of the house) and the 28,000 s.f. level lot (a swimming pool was removed in 2015). The lot backs up to Ellis Pond. Three good-sized bedrooms in a separate wing, with a Shoji-screen effect in the hallway, all on one level. One large bath with easy shower access and two means of egress. Newer (2014) rubber roof. Off street parking for 6-7 cars. Central air. Two zones of forced hot air via recent furnace. An additional half bath. 2,636 total above-grade, finished, and heated living area, as per public record. An unfinished partial basement with a studio possibility. Great ranch alternative and downsizing opportunity. Convenient to newly renovated Norwood High School. A welcoming slate foyer. Washer and dryer included.