Avalon Saugus is a new, mixed-use community featuring 280 luxury apartments located twelve miles outside of Boston along the popular Route 1 corridor in Saugus, MA. The firm’s master plan for this 14-acre landmark property replaces the former renowned Hilltop Steakhouse with three four-story multifamily buildings, each designed with a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units. In the community’s center, a clubhouse structure offers a wide range of shared tenant amenities, including ample outdoor space with a landscaped courtyard, pool, fire pit, grills, and dog park. Located at the base of an extended entryway, the clubhouse’s lofty entry porch and butterfly roof present an eye-catching focal point for Avalon Saugus. The community’s buildings integrate red shingled gable roofs with broad overhanging eaves and two-story bay windows flanked top and bottom with strong horizontal bands, providing a distinctive blend of traditional New England forms and modern details. The 23,600+ square feet of retail space was designed by HFA.
Bringing together traditional design motifs and contemporary forms, the interior clubhouse common spaces reflect the site’s legendary history through the use of local imagery and archival photos combined with bold accents of primary color, custom fixtures, and neon light strips. The high-level of fit and finish includes New England-sourced red oak live-edge tables, custom mosaic banquettes, a two-story, reclaimed wood façade fireplace, and expansive 10-foot doors and windows. The connection to its celebrated context is further commemorated through preservation of the iconic neon Hilltop Steakhouse cactus sign that remains on site.