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This Day In Norwood History-April 24

Hearth Stones Community in Norwood “Designed To Be Different”

Color Schemes Left To New Home Owners

24 Apr 1960, Sun The Boston Globe

A new community of homes “designed to be different” will be formally opened today in Norwood. The Hearth Stones, developed by Alvin Slotnick of Almor Homes, is being offered for sale by Murray J. Sloane, realtor.

The Hearth Stones community is located in one of the last large tracts of forestland still undeveloped, yet only 15 miles from Boston.

In addition to fine superhighways—The Hearth Stones is close to Rtes. 1 and 128— there is train service and a bus line runs from Norwood to the MTA’s Forest Hills station.

“These great advantages of transportation, coupled with the fact that the home sites have not been denuded of trees, and the natural sloping contours of the terrain, make the property highly desirable,” says Sloane.

New Pond, with its beach private to Norwood residents, is just around the corner; both Norwood High School and Cleveland Elementary School are within walking distance along boulevard style streets, and you’ve got the setting superlative for our new community, the Hearth Stones,” Sloane said.

With such a background setting for the Hearth Stones, Slotnick and Sloane have much in their favor. However, to the natural and civic factors existing, they both bring a wealth of experience. Slotnick numbers among his many successful communities: Woodleigh-at – Hamilton, Elmwood – at -Framingham, Ellendale I and Ellendale II, both in Framingham.

Sloane is a veteran in the fields of mortgaging, sales and sales promotion, formerly sales representative and general sales manager of the Martin Cerel organization for seven years.

What are some of the features of the new homes? Here is a partial list of just a few of them:

G. E. whizzes … in kitchens the epitome of efficiency! Counter-top range, waist-high oven, dishwasher, disposal . . . in the color of your choice! Together with this amazing appliance array — formica counter tops and back splashes, exhaust fan, cabinet of glowing, furniture-finished honeytone or fruitwood. Also in every kitchen—a cheerful coffee corner!

Floors are select oak—hardwood. There are aluminum combination doors, front and back; mahogany sliding-door closets, guest closets as well as 1 or 2 linen closets, ceramic tile floors in foyers, full insulation, window screens and shades.

Poured concrete basements with laundry connections, 1 and 2-car garages, drives and front walks of hot-top . . . flagstone service walks. Firmly established tree – shadowed lawns, attractive foundation plantings.

Forced warm-air heat by natural gas. Economical, quiet and extremely efficient! (All duct work completed for air-conditioning.)

Lots are left as Nature intended . . . trees, large and small carefully conserved. Each lot, a minimum of 15,000 square feet fronting on finished streets and sidewalks.

Town water and sewerage and there are no betterment costs!

“Unlike most new communities, the buyer of a Hearth Stones home has some say about the matter of the color of exterior paints,” Sloane says.

“Interior paints and paper he selects himself, and woodwork will be either painted or stained—it’s up to the individual.”

Other personal preferences include the color of fixtures in! family baths, ceramic tile and. mosaic tile, gameroom tile colors, stone or brick fireplaces,; honey-tone or fruitwood cabinetry, formica counter tops and back splashes, inlaid linoleum.

Various Themes Used In Decorating Homes

There was only one order given the decorating staff of the new Hearthstones community in Norwood: ‘‘The model homes to be furnished and decorated must be in detail exquisite, but not extravagant, as it is the sincere desire of the community planning group that a picture of good taste and livability be presented to the viewing public on a budget consistent with the price of the homes involved” To fulfill this demand, staff decorators immediately asked the cooperation of Rapids Furniture Co., wholesale distributors, 90 Canal st. At once, eight great floors of the most famous names in furniture design was at their disposal.

i Working directly with i Franklin H. Fox, general manager, and Dick Fitzgerald, Rapids design consultant, both the ‘Lincolnshire” and the “Neville” models at the community have been beautifully furnished, fulfilling to the letter the requirements stipulated. Furniture design “greats.” such as Paul McCobb.

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