On the Block

Good neighbors

Three eco-friendly developments have new homes available.

By Vanessa Parks
July 24, 2011

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990 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury

Square footage 1,120

Condo fee $278 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2 full

2011 taxes $2,569 (estimated)

Last sold for First time on market

PROS It seems appropriate for a “green” development to be located on leafy VFW Parkway. Gordon’s Woods has envelope insulation, long-lasting HardiePlank siding, and triple-pane windows that keep cooled or heated air in and noise out. The galley kitchen has counter seating, soft-close cabinets custom-made locally, and energy-wise appliances. Nice extras include wood doors with arched panels and two closets in each bedroom. The living room features a gas fireplace and a slider to a small patio. The unit comes with two assigned parking spaces. CONS The hallway location of the circuit panel is odd. CONTACT Karen or Barry Hickman, William Raveis Real Estate, Brookline, 617-383-4839,

56 Clyde Street, Unit 2, Somerville

Square footage 1,739

Condo fee $299 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half

2011 taxes $5,500 (estimated)

Last sold for First time on market

PROS A hip, modern vibe defines the Residences at Maxwell’s Green. This town house has three levels, with a family room and more on the lowest – it’s below ground level and adds just over 300 square feet to the total above. Among the standout features: high-performance insulation, 13-foot windows, a balcony off the master bedroom, a floating staircase, and bamboo kitchen cabinets by a local cabinetmaker. A first-floor flex room can be what you make it. A link to the Minuteman Bikeway and a new Green Line stop on-site are planned. CONS You may not need more, but only one parking space is allotted. CONTACT Stephen Bremis, James J. Bremis Realty, Somerville, 617-828-1070,

69 Black Rock Drive, Unit 104, Hingham

Square footage 3,530

Condo fee $1,188 per month

Bedrooms 3

Baths 3 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $13,850 (estimated)

Last sold for First time on market

PROS Attractive cedar-shingled single-families are nestled into 380 wooded acres here that are also home to the Black Rock Country Club and its golf course. They’re efficient, too, most notably the windows, heating, and cooling. The main level has a kitchen, dining room, and family room, as well as an office or den and two bedrooms, both with en suite baths. The second floor has a bonus room, a huge bedroom over the garage, and a full bathroom. There are two garage parking spaces, plus plenty of space in the driveway. CONS If you want to take advantage of the country club amenities, you’ll have to pay handsomely for them. CONTACT Patricia Aaron, The Residences at Black Rock, Hingham, 781-749-0800,

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