Aria at Hathorne Hill
100 Kirkbride Drive
The Aria at Hathorne Hill on the outskirts of Danvers, Massachusetts offers a comfortable condominium community for residents aged 55 and above. Today the development supplies at least 71 two bedroom units. The enclave reportedly clusters on the grounds of the former Danvers State Hospital.
The interesting history of this locale contributes to is appeal as a residential center today. A nineteenth century Quaker physician and surgeon, Dr. Thomas Kirkbride, sought to improve living conditions for the mentally ill in the United States by founding a series of asylums. He helped establish the Danvers State Hospital in 1874. Architect Nathanial J. Bradlee designed the imposing Gothic-style building, which served patients as a treatment facility on Hathorne Hill for decades.
In 2006, developers tore down part of the hospital in preparation for the creation of a new master-planned community on the site. They retained much of the surrounding campus infrastructure and extensively renovated the grounds, which now include several apartment buildings, as well as the condos forming the Aria at Hathorne Hill residential community. A total of 433 residential units reportedly stand on this scenic spot today.
Kirkbride Road completely encircles the development. The apartments stand within (and immediately around) the former asylum. Townhomes and patio homes constructed during 2013 and 2014 line Kirkbride Road itself.
Residential Property With Stunning Views
The condos in this location maintain an attractive exterior appearance. Built using wood-frame construction and gray asphalt shingle roofing, they include several duplexed units. The size of these luxurious two-bedroom units varies from 1,303 to 2,968 square feet.
Residents select either garden home single level condos or townhome-style two-level designs. Individual floor plans vary somewhat, yet all provide at least two bathrooms (including one connected to a master bedroom). These homes also display cathedral ceilings, modern kitchens, and generous walk-in closet space. Many include elegant wood flooring and attached two car garage.
One of the most striking advantages of a home in this condo community relates to the view. These units offer private patios or decks. Situated on a hillside, some properties here offer panoramic vistas of the surrounding area. Residents also benefit from zero exterior home maintenance responsibilities. The condo association assumes responsibility for this function.
Although subject to change, HOA dues here in recent years have averaged in the low $300 per month range. Reportedly, condo community amenities include tennis courts, a swimming pool, a modern fitness center and social room, a concierge service, and a golf course. The association also maintains jogging and hike and bike trails.
A small medical facility and outpatient center sits near the entrance at the base of the hill, along Hathorne Road. The State of Massachusetts maintains a residential school adjoining it. Community planners incorporated extensive wooded tracts into this location, offering a pristine natural setting.
Residents enjoy ready access along Hathorne and Maple Road to both Highway 1 and Interstate 95, two major north-south corridors supplying rapid transportation to Boston and New Hampshire. The nearby town of Danvers offers available employment, dining, shopping and recreational opportunities.