Style: Town home
Year built: 2017
Square feet: 1,900
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Taxes: $13,000 (estimated)
Fees: $501.42 a month
The name of the development, Abbey Road, may seem like an homage to the Beatles, but it isn’t. The name honors what held this ground before it: The Peace Abbey, whose supporters created a park for reflection, one that includes a statue of Mohandas K. Gandhi among others.
That park remains a companionable neighbor to the over-55 community that local developers Bob Murchison and Andrew P. Consigli, an architect, created using the “pocket neighborhood’’ concept. Pocket neighborhoods are planned communities comprising groupings of residences clustered around a common area such as a courtyard or open space.
The home featured here is in “The Parsonage,’’ a structure designed in the Edwardian style. The original parsonage, built in 1914, was a structural nightmare and torn down. Abbey Road’s builders re-created the old building, down to (well, up to) the terra-cotta crowns in the chimneys. It’s a two-unit duplex now, with No. 17, the focus of this piece, on the left side of the stuccoed building, which features a hip roof with dormers dotting the front and back.
The first step inside the town home is into a foyer that instantly telegraphs information about the unit overall: The oak floors are warm-hued, the ceiling height is 9 feet, and the sunlight streaming in makes everything bright and welcoming.
A wall defines the foyer and serves as sort of a wind screen for the living area around the corner, which is centered on a gas fireplace with a white wooden mantel. The fireplace is flanked by tall windows. Adjacent is a dining area, ready for a table for six or more, with access to a private paver patio.
The next step is into a galley-style kitchen with high-end stainless-steel appliances, dark brushed-granite counters, and white solid wood cabinets. There’s a half bath off the kitchen.
Back in the foyer, a stairwell to the right leads to the second level and the home’s two bedrooms, both of which have en suite baths. The master is 225 square feet, creating a spacious bedroom area, and has a walk-in closet and a bath with double vanities, a Carrara marble floor, and a seamless-glass shower.
The second bedroom (144 square feet) echoes the master, except that the bath has a single vanity and a shower/tub combo.
The basement is windowless and unfinished, ready for storage. An elevator shaft is built into the unit should the owners want to add one.
The unit comes with two parking spaces — one in a detached garage, the second in the parking lot.
The development has 18 units all connected by patios, walkways, or gardens. “The community shares a common lawn and stone terrace with a fire pit and vine-covered pergola,’’ according to the developers’ website, www.abbeyroadsherborn.com, and “a separate pocket park provides a space for grilling, alfresco dining, and a community herb garden.’’
Development rules require at least one resident to be over 55. Owners are allowed two pets; there’s a weight limit of 75 pounds.
The listing agent, David Oliveri of Berkshire Hathaway N.E. Prime Properties in Newton, will hold open houses on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. His website is www.davidoliveri.com.
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