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Nauset Completes Belmont Mixed-Use Apartment Community for Toll Brothers

December 02, 2020
The Bradford, Belmont MA

BELMONTNauset Construction is adding the final touches to The Bradford, the long-awaited mixed-use project that has revitalized Belmont’s Cushing Square with 112 new apartments, 38,000 square feet of retail and newly created public open space. The three-building complex was developed by Toll Brothers Apartment Living, a subsidiary of Toll Brothers, Inc., the nation’s premier builder of luxury homes. Located at 525 Common Street within minutes of the Waverly Station Commuter Rail and directly on the MBTA 73 Bus Route to Harvard Square, The Bradford began welcoming residents in June.

“The Town of Belmont was an ideal location for our continued expansion into the Boston metro area,” said Charles Elliott, president of Toll Brothers Apartment Living. “There is a strong demand for mixed-use, transit-oriented, multifamily housing in the inner suburbs of Boston right now, and The Bradford addresses that need.” The development of The Bradford is just the third multifamily development to be built in the Town of Belmont since the completion of Waverly Woods – a 40-unit affordable housing development constructed in 2008.

Designed by Peter Quinn Architects LLC, the 167,000 square foot mixed-use apartment community fits seamlessly with the character of Cushing Square. Comprised of the 37,000 square foot Winslow, the 52,000 square foot Hyland, and the 74,000 square foot Pomona – each building has its own unique style. The Bradford offers nine studio, 47 one-bedroom and 56 two-bedroom units, a below-grade parking garage for 202 vehicles (including 101 municipal spaces) and a bike parking and sharing service. An open-air plaza was also constructed for the entire neighborhood to enjoy.

All three wood-framed structures were built above a steel podium composite slab on deck. The façade of the Winslow is clad with brick and fiber-cement shingles; the Hyland’s exterior is comprised of Nichiha fiber-cement panels and siding with brick and cast stone at the lower levels; and the exterior facade of Pomona is a combination of limestone veneer, thin brick, Nichiha panel and precast concrete, crowned with a street-facing backlit clock.

Building amenities feature a rooftop deck with a fire pit area and grills, and a private sundeck with lounge seating and fire pits. Inside, the Bradford offers a resident lounge and library room. Residents also enjoy several tech-forward amenities, including automated package management by Package Concierge, a keyless entry security system called Latch that allows access from a smartphone, and complimentary high-speed WiFi provided by Single Digits. Each apartment comes with a walk-in closet, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and Symmons fixtures.

The Bradford is the third multifamily project developed by Toll Brothers Apartment Living in the Greater Boston market to be completed. In 2016, the firm partnered with The Davis Companies on its first Massachusetts project, the 249-unit Parc Westborough luxury apartment community in Westborough. In 2018, The Kendrick, a 390-unit luxury rental community located just off Route 128 in Needham, opened its doors. Construction is now underway on Emblem 120, a 289-unit luxury apartment community in Boston’s northern suburb of Woburn, as well as, The Laurent, a 525-unit luxury apartment community in Cambridge’s Alewife neighborhood.

The Bradford is the latest luxury multifamily construction project completed by Nauset in the inner suburbs of Boston in recent years. Other projects include Hancock Estates, the 88-unit luxury apartment community in Newton for Chestnut Hill Realty, and Point 262 Condominiums, a 55-unit condominium community in East Cambridge for MINCO Corporation. Nauset has an extensive portfolio of mid-size multifamily properties in both urban and suburban settings, including multiple projects underway in Cambridge such as Park 77, which will provide 93 family-oriented units in the Alewife section of Cambridge.