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4 New Houses That Tell Us What’s Trending in Boston Real Estate

Housing trends have evolved since the beginning of the pandemic, to include everything from larger outdoor spaces for social distancing to at-home offices for working from home, and more. At the same time, some features of Boston real estate are timeless: Colonial style homes certainly aren’t going anywhere. To find out where real estate is headed, we took a look at four new homes by top builders in the Boston area.

16 Cumberland Road, Belmont

Due in part to the pandemic, people are looking for homes that are more functional, spacious, and set for entertaining.

“Home offices, backyards for entertaining and open concept kitchens are big right now,” says David Hurley, a broker associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate who has a strong focus on the market.

This Belmont Hill home is a testament to that: beautiful, open features and spacious outdoor areas on a half acre lot with room for building your own perfect backyard.

You are welcomed into this new home by an impressive two-story foyer, and it only gets better from there. You will be wowed by the coffered ceiling in the family room or the dream kitchen with quartz counters. The sun room and office are the perfect places for you and your family to work and learn comfortably from home, something that is more important in the market now than ever. The spacious second level offers five large bedrooms, four full baths (three of which are en suite) and a laundry room. A finished lower level has a a second family room with a wet bar, a media room wired for surround sound, a seventh bedroom, a bathroom, as well as a direct driveway, a three-car garage, and backyard access.

Along with work from home spaces, the home also provides socially distant spaces for entertainment and family fun. Enjoy memorable evenings and happy hours with friends on the oversized deck that overlooks the backyard. With brick paver patios, a sprinkler system, Anderson windows and more, this home really has it all.

Listing Price: $3,495,000

158A Woodland Street, Natick

Location has never been more important to Boston buyers, according to Hurley.

“We’re seeing a lot of people making purchases in suburbs within 10 to 15 miles of Boston, with easy highway access to Boston and Cambridge,” he says.

A great example is this South Natick home, which sits just ten miles west of Boston, and has so many exciting features to offer the market.

This chic modern farmhouse has seven bedrooms, seven and a half bathrooms, and is set on 3.3 beautiful wooded acres. On top of that, this home includes a finished basement, an outdoor pool and various rooms that could be utilized as a game room, home theater and even a study for working from home. Because it’s still under construction, you can choose to guide the direction of the finished home, with options for an indoor driving range and a choice between an indoor or outdoor pool. With all of these amenities, this home truly is a catch for any buyers in the market.

Aside from the customization possibilities, this property also has amazing outdoor space with a fireplace for late nights and s’mores by the fire. No matter your interests or hobbies, this house has so much potential to allow buyers to build the home of their dreams.

Listing Price: $3,292,000

Note: This home is to be built. These photos are for inspiration and represent similarly built homes.

32 Eliot Road, Lexington

Colonial style homes may not be a new trend, but they are just as popular in the modern real estate market.

“Even with recent changes in the market, Colonials will never go out of style,” Hurley says.

This brand new Lexington colonial has it all: a great neighborhood, a quick ride to Boston and amazing features to appeal to any buyer.

This custom-built home sits on top of Munroe Hill and offers so many reasons to buy. Along with six bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms, this home also has a gourmet chef’s kitchen, a sun-filled breakfast nook, and a family room with a gas fireplace. The master bedroom also hosts a fireplace and spa-like bath.

This home shows the market trend for open-space architectural rooms, and again shows the market’s newfound need for at-home working or learning options, with a home office. The finished lower level includes a walk-in wine cellar, bedroom, bath, and bar area. The location is one of this property’s best assets. On top of being in such close proximity to Boston, buyers will be happy to see how close this home is to a wooded conservation land, town center, great school districts and a beautiful Boston bike path.

Listing Price: $2,998,000

Lot 21 Analore Circle, Norfolk

Another example of how Boston real estate still loves the classic colonial style, this new home will be built in the Whispering Pines development of Norfolk, by a well-known builder with years of experience in the New England area.

This luxurious colonial style home is the largest in its development on almost three private acres, and features an open floor plan with 10-foot ceilings, six bedrooms and six baths. The stylish design of the home outfits every room with rich detail and endless possibilities to create the home of your dreams.

A large welcoming foyer opens to a private living room with a gas fireplace and formal dining room with wainscoting and a tray ceiling. It offers a gourmet kitchen with an expansive island (great for gatherings), two front entrances, a mahogany front porch with columns, and all around open space architecture throughout the home. An expansive family room with a coffered ceiling and a wood-burning fireplace opens to a covered rear patio and a professionally landscaped private backyard with an abundance of privacy (the lower level is a walk-out as well.)

The luxurious master suite will be your private sanctuary with his and her walk-in closets, spacious bath, and eight-foot french doors that open to a private second floor deck. This model offers so much to the market and is a gem of the Greater Boston area.

Listing Price: $1,574,000