Kendal Common Area

A Kendal Common marketing brochure form 1952Kendal Common is one of several post-World War II subdivisions in the Boston area where all houses were built in the modern style. These neighborhoods attracted young couples interested in modern architecture and looking for a new way to live — at affordable prices. Kendal Green is unusual in its organization as a "semi-cooperative" and its strong sense of community.

The Kendal Common Area was documented by the Weston Historical Commission in 2003. The following properties are included in the area:

  • 3, 9, 12, 15 Ellis Road
  • 7, 8, 11 French Road
  • 3, 4, 16, 17, 23, 30, 40, 45, 46, 49 Kendal Common
  • 1 North Avenue

Note that 1481, 1485, and 1489 Main Street, Waltham, were part of the Kendal Common development.

Area Data Sheet

Kendal Common Area was documented by the Weston Historical Commission in 2003. For more information, please view the Kendal Common Area Form (PDF).

Area Description

Kendal Common is a neighborhood of post-World War II Modern-style houses located in the northeast corner of Weston at the intersection of North Avenue and Lexington Streets. Developed on approximately 45 acres of former golf course land, Kendal Common includes 22 houses on four streets:

  • Kendal Common Road
  • Ellis Road
  • French Road
  • North Avenue

Lane House at 1 North Avenue built in 1952 by architect Carl KochLot sizes range between one and two acres. Two additional lots on North Avenue were never developed because of wetlands. Commonly-owned land at the corner of Ellis and Kendal Common Road contains a vernal pool and neighborhood playground. Three of the Kendal Common houses are located just over the town line in Waltham and are included in the data sheet for informational purposes.

All 22 houses were built between 1950 and 1960, although one was substantially altered in 1983. Of the 19 houses located in Weston

  • two are under 1,000 square feet (840 and 936 square feet)
  • 10 are between 1,000 and 2,000
  • five are between 2,000 and 3000 square feet
  • the remaining two are over 3,000 

The larger homes have had extensive additions. All of the houses were architect-designed or were adapted from standard plans by architectural firms. 

Kendal Common Area Map

Kendal Common Area map