Why it worked: Location and lifestyle combined to make The Residences at Black Rock in Hingham, Mass., an instant hit--even with prices ranging from $800,000 to $1.3 million. The former granite quarry is just 15 miles from downtown Boston and offers golf club membership for every homeowner (non-homeowner membership is currently oversubscribed).

* First-floor master suites for both one- and two-story designs.

* Exterior details include red cedar shingles, mahogany decks, and brick-paved walkways; cultured stone comes as an option.

* Integrated electronic system distributes audio/visual service and includes, as standard, wiring for DSS satellite, Internet, and digital phone service.

* One interesting option: a golf cart storage area just off the two-car garage.

* Recreation center includes two pools, five tennis courts, and a top-notch fitness center.

* Site boasts ponds, wetlands, and natural granite outcroppings; 85 acres of 380-acre tract designated as conservation.

Project Credits

It's only fitting that The Residences at Black Rock, just 15 miles south of Boston, should include lots of New England design touches.
Courtesy North West Development It's only fitting that The Residences at Black Rock, just 15 miles south of Boston, should include lots of New England design touches.

Project: The Residences at Black Rock, Hingham, Mass.; Sales started: September 2002; Sales through August 2003: 28; Units planned: 138 Price: $800,000 to $1.3 million; Unit size: 2,500 to 3,500 square feet; Developer: Black Rock Development, Hingham; Builder: North West Development, Acton, Mass.; Architect: CBT Architects, Boston; Golf-course architect: Cornish, Silva and Mungeam, Uxbridge, Mass.; Land planner: BSC Group, Norwell, Mass. Landscape architect: Hawk Design, Boston

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Boston, MA.