An oa­sis amid For­est Hills

Boston Herald - - HOME SM@RT - By ADAM SMITH

What’s per­haps most strik­ing about the newly built condo at Hyde Park Av­enue — near the For­est Hills MBTA sta­tion — is what you can’t see or hear.

For ex­am­ple, step out­side in front, as buses and trucks roar their way down the street, and you’ll have trou­ble car­ry­ing on a con­ver­sa­tion over the noise. But step in­side, and the place is nearly silent. Go up­stairs to the rear­fac­ing master bed­room, and the place is per­fectly still.

“Th­ese are triple-pane win­dows,” said Ja­nis Lipp­man, a real es­tate agent with Re/Max Destiny, point­ing to the room’s two tall win­dows look­ing over the train tracks and be­yond to the lush fo­liage of Pe­ters Hill in the Arnold Ar­bore­tum. “So you re­ally won’t hear the trains. It’s very quiet.”

On the mar­ket for $789,000, Unit 165A is one of about a dozen sim­i­lar 3-bed­room town­hous­es­tyle con­dos built in­side this con­tem­po­rary, an­gu­lar 24-unit condo com­plex that takes its name, Tilia, af­ter the trees that line Hyde Park Ave.

The condo is bright, even with all the re­cessed lights switched off as they were dur­ing a tour of the place this week. Morn­ing sun flowed in­side the first­floor, open-lay­out liv­ing room, kitchen and din­ing room from front and rear win­dows. Up­stairs, where the three bed­rooms are lo­cated, was just as il­lu­mi­nated.

As for rooms, what re­ally stands out here are the kitchen and the back deck.

“This is def­i­nitely a party deck,” said Lipp­man as she showed the deck that could eas­ily fit a small crowd.

Just in­side the glass doors is the liv­ing and kitchen area, which has slick Euro­pean-style white and wal­nut-fin­ish cab­i­netry; a long quartz cen­ter is­land with seat­ing, a sink, dish­washer and stor­age; stain­less steel ap­pli­ances and a glass sub­way tile back­splash.

There are some ex­tras, too: Through­out the 1,702-square foot home is weath­ered solid red oak floor­ing, ad­di­tional stor­age space off-unit, a des­ig­nated garage space, and charg­ing sta­tions for elec­tric cars.

And, stand­ing on the deck and point­ing out back, Lipp­man said, soon a “canopy of trees” will be put out­side, so that the place will feel even more pri­vate from the tracks.

“The de­vel­oper kept the line of trees on Hyde Park Ave.,” too, she said, “so you get lots of green in the front and back dur­ing spring and sum­mer.”

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY RE/MAX DESTINY

BRIGHT SPACE: The kitchen has slick Euro­pean-style white and wal­nut-fin­ish cab­i­netry; a long quartz cen­ter is­land with seat­ing, a sink, dish­washer and stor­age, stain­less steel ap­pli­ances and a glass sub­way tile back­splash.

UP­STAIRS: One of three brightly lit bed­rooms up­stairs with weath­ered solid red oak floor­ing that is fea­tured through­out the condo.

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