Around the turn of the 20th century, the Lanahan family of Lawrenceville built six rowhouses in the neighborhood. The beauty and history of those homes — lost to a fire more than 100 years later — are the inspiration for Hatfield Row, a collection of four townhouses currently under construction on the site spanning 4818 to 4826 Hatfield Street.
“I did not want a modern bent to this project,” says developer Arun Gupta. “I see Lawrenceville as a historical place and wanted to include components from Lawrenceville buildings that I respect — in particular, the design and craftsmanship.”
To Gupta, that means using materials that will blend in with surrounding façades to create a unified look that is “timeless and memorable.” Each townhouse will feature a full brick exterior with cast stone trim, a Juliet balcony and a floating teak deck — measuring 45 x 19 feet — off the kitchen area or rooftop.
Hatfield Row’s first townhome is expected to be ready for occupancy by the end of April, with completion of the fourth unit projected by October. Prices range from $589,000 to $599,000 and one of the units is already under contract.
Classic features include 12-foot high ceilings, crown moldings, wainscoting and hardwood floors inside the three-bedroom units, which offer 2,100 square feet of living space. But the homes, designed by Matt Diersen of Midland Architecture and built by Akator Construction, will feature modern details as well.
The team is using reclaimed, energy-efficient and locally-sourced materials whenever possible. Large windows and LED fixtures will provide abundant light. Buyers can select from a range of finishes, including kitchen countertops in granite, marble and quartz. And each unit has large, walk-in closets, an integral one-car garage and utility room.
Pam D’Alessandro, an agent with RE/MAX Select Realty, says when Gupta asked her to find a site he could develop, she wanted to find a project that would showcase his talent. She also wanted to offer him a bigger challenge than the rehab projects they’d collaborated on in the past. Lawrenceville fit the bill — particularly Hatfield Street — where new construction and rehabs have been revitalizing the neighborhood for the past few years.
Guptka says that Lawrenceville’s renaissance is driving more and more homebuyers to the area, and he sees the project as a response to that demand.
“What Hatfield Row brings to the Lawrenceville landscape is a classic luxury that’s typical in upscale urban neighborhoods found all across the world, from New York and D.C to Paris,” says Gupta. “From the architectural stone to the handmade Juliet balconies, our designs — we hope — are an inspiration for homeowners who want something different than what is typically available on the market.”