One of the nine tidy cottages in a development under construction on South Street in Bedford shows just how comfortable and convenient living can be for those wanting to down-size, or for couples starting a family.
The Cottages at Depot Crossing include all the latest in sustainable construction, drought-resilient landscaping and radiant heat floors on the first floor.
Each of the homes has its own small backyard, allowing for a garden. The development includes rain gardens with native plants to ensure there is no negative impact on the protected wetlands abutting the community. All of the cottages back up to the Minuteman Bikeway, with accessibility to Bedford Center, and the recreation trail.
Realtor Suzanne Koller said a bus for Alewife passes the development on South Street, so getting into the city is easy without facing traffic on your own.
“These five-star energy-rated homes include Energy Star appliances and take advantage of the most current green design concepts to attain a HERS rating that exceeds requirements,” Koller notes in her promotional material. “Each home features elegant touches and the classic finishes that make a house a home.”
Indeed, each cottage has a welcoming front porch of stamped concrete before opening into an entrance hall with a bench and a row of hooks for coats and other gear. The front hall has a door to the attached garage. The driveway is made of permeable material to minimize runoff. The floor has radiant heat and although it is ceramic tile, it is scored and is not slippery.
To the right of the hall is the master bedroom that has a ceiling fan and an adjacent master bathroom with double-sink vanity, tub and shower. There is a large walk-in closet between the bedroom and bathroom and an adjacent linen closet.
“Buyers can pick out tile, paint, and granite for the kitchen and bath,” said Koller.
Down a short hall, there is a pantry, coat closet and storage closet. For a small home, there is ample room for storage on both floors.
The back is a large space that has an open-plan kitchen, living room with a two-story cathedral ceiling, ceiling fan, and dining area. It has several large windows across the backyard with French doors leading to a paver patio so you don’t have a deck to be sanded, oiled or stained. A gas fireplace is set at a charming angle in the living room.
The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a four-burner propane gas range and granite counter with room for five stools.
A path running the length of the development leads to the bike trail and a short walk to the shops and services in town. Across the street, the Hartwell Town Forest George Jordan Conservation Area provides opportunities for hiking and enjoying the scenery.
The development is not age-restricted, so there will be a mix of ages in the small community.
Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, a full bath and a loft space with a railing that overlooks the living room. The upstairs loft has a wraparound bookcase. One of the bedrooms can double as an office, and both rooms have large closets and lots of light.
Buyers are able to customize their home from different layout plans, along with other choices in decor.
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