Spring House Hunt

A Marcel Breuer-designed house in Andover is about to hit the market for $1.5 million

A stone pathway leads up to the binuclear house, where the living and bedroom wings are connected by an entry hall. Read more on realestate.boston.com.

81 Sunset Rock Road Andover exterior
Marcel Breuer designed this binuclear house in the mid-1950s. Megan Booth

This weekend, a home designed by modernist architect Marcel Breuer will hit the market in Andover. 

Named for its original owners, “The Grieco House” offers three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 3,721 square feet on 1.07 acres. The Janovitz + Tse Team of ModernMass at Compass is handling the listing at 81 Sunset Rock Road, which will come with a $1,500,000 price tag. 

The total property is comprised of two lots: 81 and 83 Sunset Rock Road. The home is built on 81, allowing 83 to provide landscaped views. Most of the building’s exterior is wrapped in stone, while the cantilevered portion is covered in vertical board-and-batten siding. A stone pathway leads up to the binuclear house, where the living and sleeping quarters are connected by an entry space. 

81 sunset rock road andover ma exterior
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The living areas follow an open floor plan. Strip windows draw a line across the living and dining room, pulling in abundant natural light, while a fieldstone fireplace helps create a partial wall between the two spaces. Adjacent to that is the kitchen, with a grill and stainless steel appliances, including an electric stove. The current owners started restoring the home. They have renovated the kitchen and refurbished all of the original woodwork. This section of the home also includes a sunroom with radiant heat. 

81 Sunset Rock Road Andover MA living dining room
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81 Sunset Rock Road Andover MA kitchen
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On the other end of the home, two bedrooms feature custom built-in closets and cabinets, sliding glass doors to a terrace, and — for the primary bedroom — an en-suite bathroom. The home’s bathrooms boast original tiles in bright hues like yellows, reds, and greens.

81 Sunset Rock Road Andover MA bedroom
. – Megan Booth
The Grieco House bathroom Andover MA
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A pop of colorful paint behind the banister leads down to the lower level, where there’s a bedroom being utilized as a study. This floor also offers a Brutalist wine cellar and an attached two-car, heated garage. 

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Born in Hungary in 1902, Breuer attended the famous Bauhaus school in Germany. His works span the former home of the Whitney Museum in New York City and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center to the ever-popular Breuer, or Cesca chair. He moved to the United States in 1937, when Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius invited him to teach at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. 

Breuer received a number of awards and honors during his career, including a Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects in 1968 and the Grande Medaille d’Or from l’Academie d’Architecture in France in 1976. He died in 1982 and is buried next to his home in Wellfleet

Private showings of “The Grieco House” begin Friday, June 17.

See more photos of the home below: 

81 Sunset Rock Road entry Andover MA
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81 Sunset Rock Road Andover MA
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81 sunset rock road andover MA living room
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The Grieco House Andover MA bedroom
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81 Sunset Rock Road Andover MA
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81 Sunset Rock Road Andover lower level bedroom
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