The modernist 4-BR, 4.5-BA at 245 Grove Street in the Belmont-Cambridge borderlands caused quite the stir last decade when it was completed by developer (and eventual owner) Duncan MacArthur. The Globe described it as all "sharp angles and metal protuberances," an "aggressive" creation "that homeowners seem to either love or hate." And hate some did: One neighbor said the house "frightened" her.
Whatever the feelings engendered by 245 Grove's design, they were not enough to turn off would-be buyers. The 4,683-square-foot house, with four levels, three decks and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Boston skyline, has traded for $2,700,000 in one of the 10 biggest deals in Cambridge this year. The house had been listed for $2,450,000 back in November; and then its price was slashed by $100K, and it was listed for rent at one point for $10,000. Now it's gone for $2.5M over asking. Such is the way of the Hub real estate market nowadays.
· Modernist Lightning Rod 245 Grove Goes on Sale [Curbed Boston]
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· Our Big Deals archive [Curbed Boston]