WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the homes on Sherburn Circle in Weston, built in the early 1960s, are firmly rooted in the traditions of the 1950s. Like most spec homes built after the Second World War, they were devised to fill the hopes and expectations of a generation of upwardly mobile buyers. It was a time when the rules were clear, conformity was the norm, and the model family looked like the Andersons of Father Knows Best. But times and lifestyles change. This is the story of how the homes in that neighborhood adjusted to new norms and styles according to evolving individual needs and tastes. When the first house was framed, the post-war building boom was still booming, and the Mass Pike extension, which would bring Weston drivers to Boston in less than half an hour, was underway. A father and son team of builders, the Magnantis, had just acquired 42 acres from Weston Nurseries, which they would divide into one-acre building lots. At the time, the split entry style home was very popular. So, along with five Colonials and three Capes, which suited the traditional tastes of the Weston market, the Magnantis built 34 splits. They came in two basic floor plans, although, as the builders progressed, they kept making small changes. Nonetheless, there was great uniformity; if one homeowner 119 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Sherburn Circle How You've Grown S U S A N S A B I N writer P E T E R B A K E R

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