The Modernist House from “Knives Out” Is on the Market in Massachusetts

published Apr 1, 2020
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As a real estate editor, Massachusetts native, and murder mystery lover, I was eager to see “Knives Out“, the whimsical Agatha Christie-like whodunnit movie that came out in December. Much of it was filmed inside beautiful houses in my home state, making it my idea of a perfect movie.

One such home that made my eyes turn into cartoon hearts was the modern place belonging to Chris Evans’ character, Ransom. The mid-century gem, tucked in the woods of the Bay State, offered a stark contrast to the Gothic Revival mansion most of the film took place in. Now, that impressive modern hideaway is for sale, and well, I wish it was mine.

The house is located in Lincoln, Mass., a leafy Boston suburb filled with modernist homes. Back in the mid-1900s, modernist architects flocked to Lincoln to build out their stone-and-glass fantasies. The architect of the “Knives Out” house, Walter Pierce, built a modernist neighborhood called Peacock Farm in the ’50s. But this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with International style flair was an aberration from his norm: The house for sale takes cues from the Bauhaus and what listing agent Bill Janovitz calls “West Coast-via-Japan” principles. He explains the place is reminiscent of Bauhaus artist Marcel Breuer’s residence, which is also located in Lincoln. 

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Pierce’s 1957 creation in Lincoln’s Brown’s Wood neighborhood flaunts walls of glass, letting light in from all angles. An open-concept floor plan is anchored by a brick fireplace, while beyond it, a floating staircase leads to the second-level master suite, complete with a dressing room.

A renovated kitchen offers double ovens and a countertop gas range, and outside, the home’s original decks have been rebuilt. The 3,190-square-foot property also comes with membership for swimming and boating in nearby Valley Pond.

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All this—plus some Hollywood cred—comes with a price tag of $1.4 million. The home is listed by Janovitz and John Tse of ModernMass.