2016 MFE AwardsLow-Rise, GrandBrookside Square ApartmentsTocci Building Companies
Chris Barnes Brookside Square Apartments

With 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, and many of them making the decision to downsize from large homes, Oaktree FX Development envisioned a community outside of Boston that could make that transition easier.


Location: West Concord, Mass.
Developer: Oaktree FX Development
Architect: The Architectural Team
Builder: Tocci Building Cos.
Opened: November 2015
Number of units: 74
Unit mix: Studios and one- and two-bedrooms
Rents: $1,595 to $3,890

Brookside Square Apartments was designed with this resident in mind in every detail. The warm-muted tones blend easily with the Northeast’s landscape and make residents immediately feel at home. Meanwhile, the high-end finishes with granite countertops, large islands, walk-in closets, and hardwood floors make this downsizing renter still feel like they’re upgrading.

The floor plans include a one-bedroom with a den, and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom layout with a central living space—both ideal for the downsizing boomer who still needs some extra space.

Amenities at Brookside are plentiful and include balconies and shared green roofs, expansive outdoor green space, a community room with fireplace, a fitness center, and a sauna. Additionally, the community features a communal deck overlooking Nashoba Brook, on-site garage parking, and a guest room available for nightly reservations.

The community is also in a transit-oriented location surrounded by natural amenities including walking and hiking trails and plenty of restaurants, shops, and galleries nearby. Brookside’s first floor also offers 36,000 square feet of commercial space to enhance the live/work/play lifestyle.

Additionally, what any retiree loves to hear, Brookside helps renters save on their utility bills, as it was designed to be 50% more energy efficient than a standard new home.