Home of the Week: New Medford apartments along riverfront come with bike, kayak rentals

Home of the Week Renting Medford
Upon completion, Modera will have 297 apartments.
Upon completion, Modera will have 297 apartments. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Modera, 5 Cabot Road, Medford

Rent: Studio (from $2,096); one bedroom and one bath (from $2,306); one bedroom, one bath, and a den (from $2,401); two bedrooms and two baths (from $2,871); and three bedrooms and two baths (from $3,901).
Units: 297 upon completion, expected in December. The development is 44 percent occupied.
Year built: 2017
Utilities: Tenant is responsible for gas, electric, and water and sewer. The units have forced-hot air gas heat and central air.
Pet fees: $50 per month for a dog (under 50 pounds)/$100; maximum weight 100. $35 for a cat. Maximum two pets per unit.
Bicycle storage and loaner bikes: Free
Kayaks: Loaned free
Parking: First space is free; second is $150 a month

Modera appears to be designed for people who like to walk.

The new pet-friendly development by Mill Creek Residential is about a half mile to Wellington Station on the Orange Line and is set on the banks of the Malden River, where there is a riverwalk with a canoe/kayak launch and a wildlife observation deck. Modera even loans bikes to its residents for free — if you’d rather wheel it than hoof it. There’s bike storage on site if you have your own.

Other amenities include a media room, fitness center, yoga studio, game room, pet spa, a rooftop deck, garage parking, a coffee bar/cyber cafe, a pool, a barbecue area with a fire pit, and a conference room.

The foyer impresses with its two-story-high barn-wood ceiling and marble-print ceramic-tile floor. It leads to a lounge area with a warm-toned ceramic-tile floor that mimics wood planks. This space has couches that invite chatting, as well as televisions atop a gas fireplace for prime football-viewing opportunities. Prefer to get in the game yourself? Past the fireplace is a game room with pool and shuffleboard tables and a wet bar.

The model I toured was the 767-square-foot one-bedroom unit that rents for $2,336. Here, as in most of the apartments, there are 9-foot ceilings and the entry leads into the kitchen, which features white quartz counters; stainless-steel appliances, including a gas stove; a tile backsplash; sleek, contemporary cabinets (white for the uppers and gray for the base); and a prep island.

The living room, which has room for a small dining table, is flooded in natural light from large windows, and the unit’s bedroom suite comes with a balcony. The bedroom and bath (which has a single vanity topped with dark gray quartz) are connected via a walk-in closet. The bath, with a ceramic-tile floor and tub/shower surround, can also be accessed from the kitchen. The in-unit laundry is in a closet off the kitchen. The flooring in the main living areas is a vinyl plank.

Some of the apartments have fireplaces, and den and loft layouts are available. The development’s website is

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See additional pictures of the property, as well as photos of the two-bedroom, two-bath model, below: