Testimonial from resident at lot 13

For most of us, our home is more than our biggest financial investment. Where we live is also an emotional and social decision. To be honest, I don’t know why reasons for moving are assigned negative labels like “empty-nester” or “downsizing.” Our most lasting impression from our first visit to River Hill was that we could purchase a “right-size” home. We went through the planning and construction phases buoyed by the fact that the model of cottage we had selected would best suit our physical needs. Even before moving into our home, we were pleasantly surprised by the already cohesive, growing neighborhood of River Hill residents.

We were living in Newburyport when The Cottages at River Hill celebrated its first open house. It was mid-December 2014, and we were curious about the “pocket community” concept that was the foundation for the development. We read up on the philosophy that promised front porches from which physically close neighbors could develop sincere relationships. It placed value on fostering a casual lifestyle in a supportive environment.

But was this just another complex of reasonably priced condominiums with a sky-high HOA to support a golf course or pool? We had to see for ourselves.

It pretty much was love at first sight, although the scene was two model homes in a snow-bound landscape. We made our decision to build a cottage based on a number of factors: the quality of construction; energy/smart efficiency (a tank less water heater, Anderson windows, Hardie siding, 30-yr. architectural shingle roofs); and what was standard (a kitchen island, 9-ft. ceilings, granite counters, hardwood floors, Kohler plumbing). A reasonable HOA will cover the cost of landscape maintenance and clearing snow from driveways and walks. We already have plans for that space in the garage that used to hold the mower and snow blower.

We’re snug in our cottage some 3 weeks now and couldn’t be more satisfied. The Cottage Advisors crew performed beyond our expectations. Neighbors are genuinely friendly. After the last house is constructed, we’re looking forward to harvesting from the community garden with other green thumbs. There will be friendly barbeques on the “common” and endless exploration of the trail network lacing the hillside. And I saved the best for last: the views, the sunsets. Free for the taking.

Testimonial from resident at lot 24

From the moment I first visited The Cottages at River Hill, I knew I had found my new home. The design and quality of workmanship was superb. I entered the model to see a gorgeous kitchen with granite counter tops, all stainless steel appliances, elegant crown molding, and hard wood floors. The model units and other units I was able to visit were flooded with light, and the neighborhood was just what I wanted—quiet, as well as plenty of conservation land surrounding the homes.

I later learned that the builder had chosen Hardie Plank as the exterior siding and Anderson windows. As a condominium owner, one wants not to have upkeep problems and by choosing the best materials this is assured.

The entire staff has been helpful and kept in communication with me during the building process. I wanted a finished basement, and the builder went out of his way to make the room exactly as I wanted it. It is beautiful. The builder and his staff have also been pleasant and helpful. It is their desire that you be truly happy with your new home.

The Cottages at River Hill is also unique in that the condominiums are free-standing houses (with different models available) as opposed to connected units. This has provided the privacy I wanted in the context of a friendly community, which sponsors community events.

I am very happy to have found The Cottages at River Hill. Thanks to all of you whose hard work has made it a reality!