‘Big Dig House’ a marvel


For Greater Bos­ton-area res­i­dents, or fre­quent trav­el­ers into Bos­ton, talk of the Big Dig doesn’t con­jure fond me­mories.

The most ex­pen­sive high­way pro­ject in United States his­tory was a Bos­ton headache for nearly two decades, but it also brought forth beauty — the Rose Fitzger­ald Kennedy Green­way for one and, known to fewer Bos­tonites, a very spe­cial home in Lex­ing­ton — 8 Bird Hill Road.

Dubbed The Big Dig House, the sprawl­ing, ar­chi­tec­turally stun­ning and sig­nif­i­cant struc­ture is lo­cated in Lex­ing­ton’s cov­eted Six Moon Hill neigh­bor­hood, an area al­ready teem­ing with homes by lu­mi­nar­ies like The Ar­chi­tects Col­lab­o­ra­tive.

Ris­ing like a lit­eral phoenix from the ashes — or rather, the de­bris of the Big Dig — the home was con­structed us­ing more than 600,000 pounds of re­claimed steel and con­crete from the con­struc­tion pro­ject. As such, it stands as a paragon of what’s pos­si­ble in the realm of us­ing sal­vaged ma­te­rial for new con­struc­tion.

To re­duce this home to square feet (it boasts more than 4,000) or num­ber of bed­rooms is to take away from the over­all space, which is truly one-of-a-kind and in­spir­ing in its moder­nity and vi­sion. There are six lev­els of liv­ing space wait­ing for you be­hind the glass and cedar sid­ing ex­te­rior, with steel beams from de­funct road tun­nels form­ing the in­side struc­ture. From the 20-foot floor-to­ceil­ing glass win­dows in the liv­ing room to the dra­matic stair­case and the home’s pol­ished con­crete floors, the home is thor­oughly con­tem­po­rary, but with some clever nods to the sus­tain­able, or­ganic de­sign present in the neigh­bor­hood sur­round­ing. It’s ev­ery­thing you’d love about a sleek, in­dus­trial loft, with all the ben­e­fits of a sub­stan­tial home in the sub­urbs.

A rooftop Ja­panese gar­den made pos­si­ble by what were for­mer high­way slabs adds even more green space for re­lax­ing, and that’s when you’re not cozy­ing up by the three-sided fire­places or tak­ing in an al­most lim­it­less view while soak­ing in the out­door hot tub.

To find out more about the home, priced at $2,295,000, con­tact Joanne Taranto with The Tom and Joanne Team at Gibson Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty, 781-795-0502.


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