This apartment complex in Newton’s share of Chestnut Hill is so new that some Internet apps can’t locate the street that serves as its curvy driveway.
The road to Hancock Estates bends around an imposing hill covered with greenery and past carefully manicured landscaping before ending at an overhang colored a brilliant copper and an exterior clad in stone.
The first floor has the public spaces: a concierge desk, an office with glass walls, and a conference room. Deeper inside, there is a large function room with a coffee bar and a kitchen area. (The fitness space is one floor below.)
Broad doors lead to a landing that overlooks the rear of the building, which is not the usual flat black of a parking lot. Here, a brick road painted fire engine red cascades past a multicolored playground, putting greens, an ash-colored bocce court, a grill area, and a dog run. (A door from the building connects directly to the dog run.)
The road is red because it’s the fire access and the only way to get to the rear of the building by car. The development abuts conservation land.
The one- and two-bedroom units (there are some with a den) are spread across three floors in a single building. The model is a two-bedroom with blond hardwood flooring, recessed and accent lighting, and motorized blinds.
The unit has an open floor plan: As one steps inside, the view is of a sunny space with tall windows and a half bath and kitchen off to the side. The kitchen island, which offers seating for three and is accented by three pendant lights, is topped with black granite. The other units have islands with milky-white quartz counters; the ones in the premium units have waterfall edges. The appliances, which include a gas range with a double oven, are stainless steel. The cabinets are cherry in the model, but are higher-end in the deluxe and premium units. There’s a pantry/laundry with a washer and dryer off the kitchen.
The two bedrooms come with en-suite baths. The master suite (169 square feet) has a set of windows, recessed lights, crown molding, a dressing area, and a closet with bifold doors and built-in cabinetry. The bath features a double vanity, a soaking tub, and a multi-head shower with glass doors. The counter, flooring, and shower surround are Crema Marfil marble.
The second suite is slightly smaller, but in many respects, it is a mirror image of the master. The bathroom has a single vanity, however.
The development is pet-friendly, but there are breed and weight restrictions. There is a dog-grooming station in addition to the run.
Hancock Estates, a smoke-free property, offers a community garden, a dry-cleaning kiosk, and shuttle service to the T’s Green Line Reservoir station in Cleveland Circle. The website is www.chr-apartments.com/hancock-estates-apartments.