Boyde’s Crossing, will feature 40 single-family homes set on 9 acres. Construction began in July 2016 and homes will be available in summer 2017. The community, located in Norfolk, is a short walk to the center of town and the commuter rail station to Boston. The location offers the charm of quintessential New England living, with the convenience of access to Boston. Maybe you grew up in a place like this or have fond memories of your neighborhood. Speaking to our collective memories of what is a neighborhood, the new community will marry the desire for a simpler, friendlier time with forward- thinking, sustainable green design.

Named after one of Norfolk’s original settlers, Boyde’s Crossing will be one of only a handful of cottage neighborhoods in the state. The concept, prevalent on the west coast, is slowly moving east. Pioneered by Seattle-area architect Ross Chapin, pocket neighborhoods are groups of smaller homes, clustered around a shared open space, usually near town centers and public transportation. These smaller-scale communities buck the trend of McMansions on multi-acre lots, and their proponents see them as a direct antidote to automobile fueled suburban sprawl.

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Designing a Sense of Place

According to Chapin, a central, shared outdoor space is an equally important aspect of pocket neighborhoods. Think of it as a kind of outdoor living room, open and inviting to all the residents of a pocket development. With clearly defined boundaries, “neighbors have a shared stake in the common ground they live next to,” noted Chapin. “Residents surrounding this common space take part in its care and oversight, thereby enhancing a real sense of security and identity.”

Pocket neighborhoods tend to have cross-generational appeal: young, working people without the time to maintain a big home; empty-nesters who want to downsize; and smaller families. 

Boyde’s Crossing will tick off all of those boxes. The homes will face an inner green and be connected by walking paths, , promoting interaction with neighbors. Porches are located in the front of the homes, not in the back, a transitional space between the privacy of the home and the public sidewalk. Its location near the center of Norfolk will discourage the dependence on cars. A community garden, dubbed a Victory Garden, will encourage residents to grow and share vegetables. And a central, outdoor gathering place for residents will help foster the sense of belonging.

Research by the Young Foundation, a non-profit think tank, suggests people are happier when they feel connected to their community. By design, pocket neighborhoods encourage residents to see and get to know their neighbors, a natural way to develop relationships. . And anecdotal evidence suggests pocket neighborhoods have low-crime rates, since strangers stand out. Parents feel freer to let their children roam and play outside.


 

A Green Community

Pocket neighborhoods tend to be green communities. According to the popular sustainability website TreeHugger.com, green communities naturally connect neighbors, re-think travel by decreasing reliance on cars, and encourage buying, growing and eating local.

Pocket neighborhoods are also environmentally friendly due to consuming less land and having a smaller carbon footprint, and provide homes that require much less maintenance.

Boyde’s Crossing will include a myriad of green components. Click here to see the complete list of sustainability features.

 

The Boyde's Crossing Story 

 

For more information about Boyde’s Crossing contact Danielle Rochefort with Berkshire Hathaway Page Realty at 508-954-7690

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