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On the Block

New construction in Boxborough, Lexington, and Cambridge

With these options, builders are trying styles other than Colonials.

55 Codman Hill Road, Unit 3 in Boxborough.

55 Codman Hill Road, Unit 3 in Boxborough.




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LOT SIZE > 4 acres (owned in common)

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

Tammy Nuenighoff, Craftsman Village Homes, 978-821-3688,

PROS Tapered columns, Craftsman-style doors, and deep overhangs with brackets will give the four homes in this development a bungalow look. (The builder has constructed similar bungalows in Needham.) The standard kitchen has maple cabinets, stainless appliances, and a large island overlooking the dining area, with a slider to the deck. The first floor has a family room with gas fireplace, study, and mudroom. There is living space over the garage. The homes are clustered together but set on 4 acres, including a conservation buffer. One will be affordable under state guidelines. CONS Homes will share a well and septic system.

2 Cornerstone Way in Lexington.

$1.499 million



LOT SIZE > 0.75 acre

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 4 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

Steve Hamilton, Cornerstone Concepts Inc., 978-369-3114,

PROS This Farmhouse Revival is one of four homes (all different) being built on the land around an old farmhouse. The foyer’s wood floor has a handsome herringbone pattern. The living and dining rooms have wide casings and pediments over the windows. The kitchen, with off-white cabinets and a panel-covered fridge, shows great attention to detail. The house exceeds state Stretch Energy Code efficiency standards. CONS Owners will be collectively responsible for plowing and upkeep of the private road.

255 Grove Street in Cambridge.

$2.395 million



LOT SIZE > 0.23 acre

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 3 full

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

Sarah Shimoff, ePlace Inc., 617-501-3015,

PROS This Contemporary-style home stands out, yet doesn’t feel out of place in the neighborhood. Overlooking Fresh Pond Golf Course, the house has breathtaking views — through walls of German-built windows that tilt in for venting or that open like doors — of Fresh Pond and Boston beyond. This energy-efficient house is loaded with cool details: unusual doorbell, house numbers, and garage doors; the bottoms of bottles have lights shining through on stair risers. There’s a mudroom, upstairs laundry, and great master deck. CONS Deck access from the bedrooms may be scary to parents, but the builder will childproof. — Vanessa Parks

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