Downtown Madeira has a certain village charm "” small-scale buildings, a train depot/restaurant, snug shops "” and surrounding tree-dotted streets lined with neat-and-tidy Cape Cod and ranch houses.

So when Riverstone Development Group targeted the Euclid Avenue property south of the library for an attached-housing development, a first for the area, they knew they had a challenge.

"We knew we needed a community that would reflect the character and charm of Madeira," says Andy Nielsen, Riverstone's director of acquisitions and marketing. "There was a need for attached-housing but it had to be the type that would fit into the community. We didn't want to throw up a stucco and stone development. We wanted it to fit in as best it could."

Instead they aimed for an architectural style for Bradford Place and its targeted 26 cottages and townhomes that would make it look like it had been there for years but offer modern luxuries and easy living for the targeted base "” empty nesters and those looking for a maintenance-free lifestyle.

Architect Michael Wentz designed the townhomes and cottages to incorporate the charm and coziness of Charleston and New England cottages with present-day construction and materials. The result will be a community of 1600 to 4000 square foot homes built to look old "” but live new "” with up-to-date materials including:

"¢ Standing seam metal roofing on bays and porches and dimensional shingles on roofs.

"¢ Dry laid stone, ever-present in New England, is used on foundations and accents.

"¢ Low maintenance fiber cement board siding and composite trim re-creates architectural detailing without the expense and upkeep.

"¢ Custom cedar picket fencing throughout the development was chosen over newer no-maintenance materials to achieve an aged look. "That's part of the charm," says Nielsen.

"¢ Vented gas fireplaces with wood mantels. "We've incorporated a lot of finished trimwork and carpentry details throughout the homes," says Nielsen, including crown molding, built-ins and beadboard wainscoting.

"¢ Field finished oak floors.

"¢ Nine to 10 foot ceilings with loft and barrel ceiling accents and an open floor plan.

"¢ Colors that invoke a "playful feeling" including light pastels mixed with taupes, browns, reds to evoke a resort.

"¢ Energy-saving features including spray foam insulation that creates a tight envelope in the townhomes and bat insulation in cottages as well an Energy Star appliances, tankless water heaters that heat only the water being used and high efficiency furnaces.

"¢ Landscaping by Rhonda Mindrum of AbbotsWood, a design-build landscaper, is also based on Charleston and New England plantings with plenty of boxwood in the spotlight and a variety of trees including Red Bud, Korean Lilacs, and Cleveland Pear.