20 Boyd Drive in Newburyport.

Planned communities, or pocket neighborhoods, are gaining popularity in Massachusetts and an exciting new development in Newburyport is setting the standard.

The Cottages at Port Place are being built over 26 acres of green, open space, just minutes from the charming cobblestone streets of historic downtown Newburyport. Among the homes being offered — there are six different cottage plans — is the stunning model home at 20 Boyd Drive.

For prospective buyers looking to make The Cottages at Port Place their home, 20 Boyd Drive is an example of everything you can get with new construction, as well as everything you won’t need to worry about in this special 38-home community.

Boasting more than 2,700 square feet of interior space, “The Chatham” style home manages to exude warmth and, just like the neighborhood, encourages togetherness. From the welcoming front porch and the all-season sunroom in back, to the open floor plan of the kitchen, dining and living room, the home is designed for quality family time — without stepping on anyone’s toes (or toys).

The model home’s kitchen features a chef’s dream kitchen, with upgraded stainless steel appliances, a deep farmhouse sink and an enormous island that comfortably seats four. Home cooks will also love the adjoining pantry with custom shelving. Ideal for entertaining, big family dinners and watching the big game, the kitchen flows into the dining area and living area with fireplace and built-in shelving.

There are thoughtful details throughout — after all, it is the model home — but a tiled mudroom with a bench that connects to the two-car garage? That’s a home built for real life. Three full bedrooms, including a huge master suite with private bathroom, custom closets, and a second full bathroom and laundry room complete the second floor.

Just steps beyond your front door, the community of The Cottages at Port Place waits for you with scenic walking trails, a park with common patio and outdoor fireplace, and a brand new park for little ones. The model home, on the market now for $969,900, as well as every other home to be built, comes with four-season landscaping services, for all the perks of home ownership without lifting a snow shovel.

Living in Newburyport puts buyers in the heart of a thriving town, with access to pristine beaches, summer festivals and upscale eateries. Getting to Boston and all points south is easy, too. Hop on Route 1 or 95, or take the commuter rail into North Station.

The sale of the model home is being handled by Vincent Forzese of The Forzese Group with RE/MAX On the River, 978-308-9102.