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Architecture Like many of its people, much of Medford's architecture is historically significant. Many Medford homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Isaac Royall House, the Shepard Brooks Estate and the Peter Tufts House—the oldest all-brick structure in the United States. The distinctive architecture of each of Medford's neighborhoods illustrates how the community's housing needs were met over time. The modest homes in West Medford served the thriving African-American community. The proud two and three-family homes of South Medford served the working-class and immigrant families. The large Victorian homes around Magoun Avenue served the growing population that commuted via streetcar to Boston. The sprawling Colonial, Victorian and Italianate homes of the Lawrence and Brooks Estates served Medford's prominent merchants and professionals.

For more information about Medford's architecture, pick up a copy of Your House in the Streetcar Suburb: The History and Care of Houses in Medford, Massachusetts at the Medford Public Library. This is an important work by Cynthia Howard that every Medford homeowner should read!

Recreation Medford parks and natural scenic areas including the Mystic Lakes, Wrights Pond, Spot Pond and the Middlesex Fells exist because of the community's long-standing commitment to the environment and to providing recreational opportunities for its residents. Notably, the Medford Boat Club in West Medford was founded in 1898.Members enjoy various social activities in addition to the boating opportunities membership provides. Visitors can also enjoy the 80 acre historic Shepard Brooks Estate, the Isaac Royall House and Slave Quarters or the Medford Historical Society—all tributes to the pride Medford residents take in the city's past.

The City Today Medford is a thriving city that has survived development, economic, social, political and demographic changes. Today, nearly 57,000 people call Medford home. The people of Medford have been able to embrace new ideas while retaining a sense of history and pride. As a result, the community will continually evolve yet remain a great place to live, work or visit.


1446 MYSTIC VALLEY PARKWAY Patrice and Frank Kastenholz

Have you ever fallen in love at first sight? Patrice and Frank Kastenholz did in 2003 with their turn-of-the-century arts and crafts bungalow at 1446 Mystic Valley Parkway in West Medford. They had been looking for a house for about a year when their realtor said that there was a house in Medford on the Parkway that she wanted them to see.

They didn’t know what to think. Medford? On a parkway? No way! But it was exactly what they were looking for. They are crazy about bungalows and this one has a wrap-around front porch with fieldstone columns. The stucco house also has a black slate roof, which has a 200-year life expectancy. The house is on a surprisingly quiet street (trucks are not permitted on the Parkway) and overlooks the Lower Mystic Lake and the Fells conservation land.

When they bought the house, it contained a small dated kitchen, one bathroom and only two closets. They built a two-story addition off the back, giving them a new kitchen and family room, lots of closets, and three new bathrooms. They have tried to match the original arts and crafts bungalow character throughout the house with quarter-sawn oak moldings, oak floors, and built-ins.

The original front part of the house features a large foyer. To the right is the comfortable living room, featuring a fireplace at one end, framed by large bookcases with leaded-glass doors, and a large window seat at the other end, which overlooks the Mystic Lake. To the left, through the French doors, is a cozy dining room guarded by a large poster of Grace Kelly.

Their home is a wonderful place to live, and is a perfect setting for their eclectic furniture and collections.

Warmest wishes for a holiday season filled with cheer.

Patrice & Frank Kastenholz


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