West Coast Style Slides to the Right: Best Single Family Detached Home Priced Over $1.5 Million

A New England builder successfully adapts California outdoor living to colder climes

May 01, 2009

Category: Best Single Family Detached Home Priced Over $1.5 Million

Gold Winner: Five Lanterns at the Pinehills, Residence One, Plymouth, Mass.

Five Lanterns' three-bedroom, three-bathroom Residence One blends traditional New England architecture with contemporary casual style. It's a synthesis of unique interior spaces and indoor/outdoor living opportunities.

The outdoor living concept is quite popular in climates such as California’s — not so much in the Northeast. And yet The Green Co. decided to test it out at Five Lanterns at The Pinehills, a golf-course community in Plymouth, Mass.

“We thought there was an opportunity to introduce something to New England that didn’t exist yet,” says Dominique Sampson, vice president of sales and marketing for The Green Co. “We could introduce it here and have the advantage of being the first to do it.”

“The spirit of that New England architecture — very simple, elegant massing and details — is what we tried to incorporate in the design,” says Scott Brown of California-based Scheurer Architects, who was the principal architect on this project.

The home has an octagonal covered outdoor living room, front terrace, summer kitchen and upstairs casita. The combination of intimate and open spaces lends itself to entertaining. Targeting affluent empty nesters, the home could serve as either a primary residence or destination home. 


Home: Five Lanterns at the Pinehills, Residence One

Location: Plymouth, Mass.

Builder: The Green Co., Newton Centre, Mass.

Architect: Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach, Calif.

Landscape architect: Hawk Design, Boston, Mass.

Interior merchandising: Color Design Art, Culver City, Calif.

Target market: Affluent empty nesters

Merchandising cost per square foot: $46.89

Square footage: 3,753

Price: $1.95 million

Hard construction costs per square feet (not including land): $250

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