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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finally, these houses had three full bathrooms: two up, one down—something prior generations would have gasped at. Despite the uniformity of the homes, the Magnantis produced the impression of individuality, varying the facades and setbacks, and creating the floor plans in mirror image. Each house nes- tled comfortably inside a large parcel, widely separated from neighbors. Such planning created a great overall canvas for a visually interesting neighborhood that would mature and change. When the homes were built, every family was assumed to be a mom and dad with two kids, maybe three, just like in the sitcoms. But change was in the air. In fact, the upcoming changes were tsunamic. They occurred all over the United States, if not the world, and were echoed in this little neighborhood: n With more women working, at-home entertaining became less formal. n A recession in the 1980s generated a crisis in employment. Children graduating from college unexpectedly came home to live with their parents. n Divorce skyrocketed, involving 50 percent of couples. The resulting upheaval produced house- holds of single parents or, when divorced, children returned "home" with babies, resulting in multigenerational living. n Immigration became more common among the economically privileged; travel, now common- place, brought family visitors from far away for extended stays. On Sherburn Circle, these very different circumstances resulted in surprisingly similar changes in homes: large entertaining spaces evolved where kids and adults could hang out together, and, at the same time, master bedrooms expanded into master suites, often separated from the children's wings; dining rooms became grander; mud rooms and home offices became commonplace. Kitchens, although located in the exact spot where they were originally, became Sherburn Circle 122 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 Even without additions or structural changes, almost every house on Sherburn Circle has been updated.

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