Oak Grove Village MELROSE, MA
Oak Grove Village marries 550 one and two-bedroom apartments with a Main Street retail center and recreational clubhouse – all within a 10 minute rapid transit ride into downtown Boston. Shunning the repetitive look of garden apartments in favor of tremendous variety in building details and scale, the design suggests that of a neighborhood built over time, with unit entries as “stoops” connected to pedestrian scaled sidewalks. Although the bulk of parking is hidden in garages underneath every building, streets are designed to allow parallel parking near apartment front doors. The abundantly landscaped commons, interior courtyards, patios, walking paths and bridges along the canal edge establish a rich pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.