Acorn has developed two multi-unit apartments with marinas in Quincy, Mass.
The Clipper Apartments and Marina are located on the site of the former Quincy Adams shipyard, which was world famous for building the 72’ racing sail yacht Ticonderoga in 1936. Nicknamed the “Big Ti,” the yacht set world records which still stand today. During World War II, combat boats for the U.S. Navy were built on this site.
The historic status of the property presented many challenges, including a difficult acquisition and rezoning process, which Acorn overcame with the full support of neighbors and endorsement by the City of Quincy. Located in an accessible yet private corner of Quincy Bay, The Clipper features 130 residential units in a unique mix of flats and townhouses, and 80 marina slips. The building was carefully positioned to present beautiful views of the Town River Bay, and each unit features a private 25’ balcony and an open, bright layout with a spacious kitchen and ample closet space. Amenities include 24 hour maintenance, an expansive parking area, and direct access to an MBTA bus stop. The Clipper was one of the first buildings in Massachusetts to introduce solar powered hot water.
The Captain’s Cove complex includes 300 condominiums and a 200 slip marina.
For years the site was passed over, since it presented several unique development obstacles. The land had once been a demolition and scrap materials yard. There were zoning challenges and problematic historic easements to be overcome. A complicated estate tied up necessary parcels of land. All told, these were a daunting set of existing conditions, and the site became an abandoned piece of Quincy’s waterfront.
Acorn leadership realized that views of the Town River Bay would make it an ideal site for a condominium development, and assembled a unique team from private finance and the city administration to create a thriving condominium community with first class amenities. To take advantage of the property’s water rights in a protected cove, Acorn developed Captain’s Cove Marina which is now a popular dockage destination for South Shore boaters. The deep water marina offers easy bridge-free access to Boston Harbor, the harbor islands, and beaches and fishing grounds from Cape Cod to the North Shore.