Massachusetts Farmhouse With a Futuristic Wing Now Available for $2.5M

A Massachusetts Farmhouse with Futuristic Wing Hits the Market for $2.5M


If you’re looking for a place to let your imagination run wild, we’ve found a whimsical five-bedroom home in Lexington, MA, that’s designed as a perfect playground for the active mind.

Dating back to 1936 and transformed for the 21st century by a true pioneer, the radical residence is now on the market for $2.5 million. Architect Christopher Janney, the inventor of the “musical stairs” at Boston’s Museum of Science, took an old farmhouse and transformed it into an eye-catching dwelling. He’s lived in the home with his family since 1989.

Janney purchased the structure for $320,000 decades ago, when it was originally part of a farm. But today, it looks more futuristic than farmstead.

“His house was the original farmhouse; that’s why it looks like two different architectural styles conjoined,” says listing agent Donna Marcantonio of Compass. “He purchased the property in 1989 and added on the contemporary wings in the early 2000s. That’s where he really brought in his own vision and style.”

Known as “Blue Sky Farm,” the 1.47-acre parcel features two former greenhouses that Janney transformed into work spaces.

Aerial view


Living area


Sitting area

Back deck

“One is now a wood shop and the other is a studio,” Marcantonio says. “He has a conference room in there so it is set up as a hybrid, work-from-home space.”

While the farmhouse provides the classic character to this home, the futuristic wing is where Janney’s creativity really shines. Enter the home through a circular entry and you’ll notice curved lines of floor-to-ceiling glass. A curved wood staircase with metal bannister provides the focal point of the room. There’s also a set of glass doors that open to an outdoor patio that’s ideal for entertaining with its fire pit and hot tub.

The primary suite can be found upstairs and features everything from custom built-ins to a circular window that overlooks the spacious yard. There are also multiple decks to take in the serene views.

“[Janney] was also trained as an architect at Princeton,” Marcantonio says. “He also studied jazz as a young person and has this great balance between architecture and music. He wanted to make architecture more fun and illustrative, and has made a career fusing architecture with sound and light.”

Marcantonio says the current owners raised a family there, but since the kids have all grown up, they’re looking to move out of state.

“We think the next buyer could be someone in research and development or work for a tech startup,” she says. “I hope it will be someone with an entrepreneurial spirit. The current owner has built electric cars there. We feel like it will be someone in the engineering or energy field. It could also be an architect. Interestingly enough, we have had a lot of interest from people from MIT, without even knowing the owner’s occupation.”

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