WESTPORT – At the end of a half-mile cul-de-sac in the northern part of town sits a peculiar home unlike anything else in the neighborhood.
“Colonials, Capes and Executive Ranches. Those are the three must-sees here,” said Jason Graca, a local real estate developer and New Bedford native.
Graca has been building homes in the Newton area for some time, where the cosmopolitan population opts for modern designs. So when he got his hands on land in suburban Westport, he decided to bring some of that Boston metropolitan feel our way, building a Cubist home that stood out from its neighbors and surroundings. wooded.
“If you see the rest of the neighborhood…it doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb, but it definitely has a bump,” Graca said.
The home at 30 Whalon Way off Highland Avenue is just over 2,300 square feet, with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. Breaking up the white coating is a striking band of natural wood. Built into the rectangular structure is a two-car garage, and to the rear are two rear porches and a rear patio. It sits on 1.6 acres with few neighbors around.
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Graca said he created the unique design himself. For years he worked for Dartmouth Building Supply and provided consulting services to builders.
“I’ve always had a really good eye for design,” he said. “So when I got the land and was trying to figure out how far I wanted to go, I kind of had five or six different houses in mind that I combined to make one.”
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He said that in the Newton area, a modernist design like this is fairly common, but he took a gamble it would fly in the hot Southcoast real estate market. He said he worked with architect Kevin Remillard of National Design and Drafting to come up with the plan.
“I’m going to sketch a few things,” he said. “Once I have the specs for the bundle, we look at all the different sketches I’ve created and figure out how to make it work with the bundle we have.”
Graca said he not only enjoys building houses, but also designing them himself.
“As you start to see it come together, you add detail, you take detail away…and you can kind of visualize where you’re going, and keep tweaking it until it’s exactly where you want to be,” he said.
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Despite its quirky appearance, Graca said it sold pretty quickly – property records show Josette Jean-Phillippe bought the house in early March for $664,900.
“I was able to sell that before I even cut down the trees on the land,” Graca said.
The unique shape was a major selling point, he said, as the current owners “couldn’t find anything that wasn’t that simple”.
Graca said he had invested half a million north in the property, a gamble that paid off well for him – and he said he planned to build houses with a similar style in the area, if he can find the right places to do it.
“It was definitely a gamble,” he said. “Even my real estate agent, we had a good laugh about it. She said, ‘You’ll find someone, it’s just a matter of time.’ We had a little joke inside that it would be quick, and when it happened quick, I was a little surprised. Of course, it’s a bit of a relief when you know it’s sold.”
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