Historic homes have a special place in New England real estate, but new developments – either ground-up projects or renovated properties – can offer prospective buyers access to every modern comfort and convenience in stylish new digs. Two such projects in Sudbury and downtown Boston, both listed exclusively with Coldwell Banker Real Estate, exemplify the options new developments provide buyers.
Landon Estates are three luxurious homes carefully tailored to the needs of today’s high-end home-seekers nestled in the wooded landscape of northern Sudbury. “The builder set out to design homes that are unique and perfectly designed for the way families are living and working today” says Diana Lannon, a Sales Associate with Coldwell Banker’s Sudbury office. Lannon feels that builder David Howe of Howe Development truly has his finger on the pulse of the luxury marketplace. “The last year has given us a greater and lasting appreciation for a lifestyle that makes more time for home life and family,” she says, “and projects such as Landon Estates will meet that growing demand.”
These traditional-style estate homes, each of which abut acres of conservation land, feature four-season verandas, vast sun-filled open floor plans, and sumptuous architectural details like wide-plank rift and quarter-sawn white oak hardwood floors. “I set out to design homes that are spectacular and unique, and tailored to the ways families are living and working today, “says Howe. “The Landon Estates residences will blend early American charm with modern conveniences and premium finishes.”
One of the most unique aspects of each home is that Howe incorporated created distinct home offices for adults as well as a first floor and second floor children’s spaces that reflect needs at different ages. The ‘Children’s Learning Center’ for younger children who require a bit more parental supervision and participation is located immediately adjacent to the kitchen, while the second floor ‘Study/Lounge’ is designed with more privacy and quiet for older children.
The homes are supremely suited for families who want space and access to nature as well as connection. “You get to be part of the vibrant community in Sudbury,” says Lannon, “while enjoying the exclusivity of this private enclave of homes.”
Luxury and convenience also have been merged at The Cosmopolitan, a superbly renovated old Catholic church on Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End. “This development has a been a labor of love,” says realtor Susan Piracini, who leads The Piracini Group, an award-winning team with Coldwell Banker Realty. “Other area churches have been made into residences, but this is by far the largest. There’s nothing else like it on the market.”
The exterior of the beautiful circa 1858 Italian Renaissance Revival-style Church of the Immaculate Conception has remained unchanged while the interior has been remade into 63 luxury residences. The gothic architecture and elegant strong lines of the building have been integrated into modern living spaces, offering the ultimate union of history and sophistication.
The full-service, concierge building provides residents with a host of amenities: an opulent resident’s lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pet wash station, private outdoor spaces and available garage parking. The triplex penthouse home are particularly distinctive, with top-of-the-line finishes and private outdoor terraces that provide spectacular views of the Boston skyline. “ I’ve sold real estate in Boston for many years and have never seen anything like these penthouses, “ says Piracini. The lower floor of each penthouse condominium features a lavish in-home amenity space, with private gym, sauna, theater room, library, wet bar, and wine storage. “ You will not find a floor plan like this available for sale anywhere else in Boston,” adds Piracini.
Whether it is a stunningly reimagined historic structure in the city or pristine and innovative homes in the suburbs, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury has the new development property to suit discerning buyers.
Text by Lisa Cavanaugh