For decades, farmers in the Connecticut River Valley planted exotic tobacco seeds with names like Shoestring, Broadleaf, Havana, and Sumatra. They hoped to cultivate the world’s best leaf for wrapping cigars—broad, thin, light, and perfectly golden when dried—and they were wildly successful. At the height of cigar consumption in America, Connecticut Shade Tobacco covered some 20,000 acres of land right here in Hartford County.

The tobacco fields are mostly gone, but they left behind a soil famed for its depth and richness—and we’re not here to waste perfectly good soil. That’s why we’re planting trees, tilling vegetable gardens, and growing a community around the idea that nothing beats fresh and local. Here, the vibe is rustic but modern, the amenities promote good health and good food, and the neighbors are…well, neighborly.

“We set out to design a building that’s every bit as sophisticated as what you’d find in downtown Hartford or New Haven, but more importantly, a building where people will interact, get to know each other, and create a real community.”

—Andy Montelli, Post Road Residential

“The architectural style is an abstraction of the historic factory aesthetic prevalent along the Connecticut River Valley. When you walk in, these spaces don’t feel new—they feel familiar and reminiscent of something older.”

—Seelan Pather, Beinfield Architecture

“The courtyard should feel like an elegant backyard. There are intimate spaces and community spaces, an allée of trees, subtle lighting in the canopy, and an outdoor kitchen for cooking and gathering.”

—Eric Rains, Eric Rains Landscape Architecture Photo Credit: Bob Mandino

“It’s a space that feels like it’s been there for ages—with reclaimed shiplap, an old brick hearth, and wood ceilings—but is still very modern and crisp and fresh.”

—Jessica Sansevera, Beinfield Architecture