Blog :: 09-2017

South Boston Is Red Hot - Here Are Our Favorite New Condo Buildings

We've detailed some of Boston's massive residential development projects in previous new construction features, like Echelon Seaport which will contain 733 residences and 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, Clippership Wharf in East Boston, and of course the behemoth One Dalton, soon to be the tallest residential tower in New England.  The neighborhoods that house these projects - The Seaport, East Boston and Back Bay (and let's not forget about The South End) - are making a statement with these opulent, mixed-use buildings, underscoring the luxury and conveniences that accompany city living, and they're certainly upping the ante when it comes to luxury condos in Boston.  

Down the street in South Boston you'll find a lot of the same - air thick with the sounds of construction and a climate of growth - but what's impressive about the list of projects in this neighborhood is not the extravagance, it's the volume.  And let's be clear, by South Boston we're referring to Southie, not the South Boston Waterfront otherwise known as The Seaport, which is also seeing massive redevelopment that we outlined in this previous post.  Anyhow, the remarkable number of new construction buildings containing condos in South Boston is indicative of increasing demand for the neighborhood, especially among young professionals and families.  Buyers are attracted to real estate in South Boston because of the neighborhood's strong sense of community, relatively affordable housing (though home values are steadily increasing with demand) and a high concentration of vibrant restaurants, bars and shops.  The list of new condo buildings in South Boston is extensive, so we decided to give a snapshot of twelve of our favorite projects that are very recently completed or under construction and due to be completed within the next year or so.  Let's take a look.

Austin at 205 E Street

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Located just steps from Perkins Square, Boston Harbor and convenient transit to Downtown, the residences in this building are now on sale.  Here’s what they have to offer:

  • 34 luxury condominium residences ranging from one to three bedrooms across two new three-story buildings
  • Residences include state-of-the-art appliances, quartz countertops and backsplashes, top-of-the-line finishes and Bluetooth audio
  • Common amenities include a raised courtyard with two build-in gas grills
  • Two garage parking spaces are included with each condominium

170 West Broadway

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Opening any day now, this new mixed-use building in a popular and quickly developing South Boston location offers 33 residences that are now on sale.  The building includes:

  • 33 luxurious South Boston condominium residences, including 16 one-bedrooms, 17 two-bedrooms and 8 penthouse residences with rooftop decks
  • Residences with top-grade appliances and high ceilings throughout
  • Private heated underground parking garage contains 39 vehicle spaces
  • 5,170 square feet of ground-floor retail space fronting onto West Broadway

Arya

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Also opening this Fall, this optimally located building within walking distance of the Broadway MBTA Red Line station, the Seaport District and The South End.  Here are the details:

  • 5-story building featuring 32 luxury condominium residences
  • One to three-bedroom homes
  • The penthouse residences will feature excluding roof decks with sweeping views of the Boston skyline
  • 33 garage parking spaces will be located under the building

14 West

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Expected completion is in February of 2018, but units in 14 West are currently for sale and are likely to move quickly.  Thanks to it’s style, proximity and amenities, 14 West is sure to be a coveted building that offers buyers luxury condos in South Boston.  Here’s what else the building offers:

  • 10-story building with 49 residential condominiums on the upper floors
  • Six units will be designated affordable per the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s Inclusionary Development Policy
  • A covered portico will feature 24-hour underground valet parking for residents with convenient lobby access
  • Unit layouts will range from one-bedrooms to four-bedroom duplexes and will feature open concept layouts with floor-to-ceiling window and city views
  • Other features include top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, engineered hardwood flooring and marble bathrooms
  • Communal amenities will include a roof deck, 24-hour concierge service and security and a fully-equipped fitness center
  • Ground floor will include a 350-seat, 6,000 square foot restaurant connected to 6 West Broadway, a hotel that the buildings developer will build next door

39 A Street

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Scheduled to open in Spring of 2018, 39 A street is located just off of West Broadway, near a number of popular restaurants and shops, and just steps to the MBTA Red Line station.  The specifics are as follows:

  • 23 South Boston condominiums, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms
  • Each residence will feature a custom-designed Italian kitchen with energy-efficient appliances, hardwood flooring, large closet spaces, “smart” home systems, in-unit washer and dryer, central air and wheelchair access.
  • Select residences will feature private outdoor porches
  • Penthouse residences will feature private roof decks
  • Communal amenities will include elevators, bicycle racks, on-site maintenance, package pick-up, recycling and a roof deck with skyline views
  • The building will contain a heated 30-car at-grade parking garage
  • Residences are priced from $550k to $1.8M and are now for sale

Broadway Place

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Just steps from the Broadway rapid transit station you’ll find Broadway Place, a mixed-use building that offer South Boston real estate buyers 24 condominiums with parking and amenities.  Here’s what else the building will have:

  • 5,785 square feet of ground-floor retail space
  • One, two and three-bedroom layout options
  • Three residences will be designated affordable
  • Access to common space totaling 4,000 square feet including a common roof deck
  • 32 garage parking spaces on site in an underground parking garage

Port45

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

This new mixed-use LEED silver-certifiable building has added105 modern condominiums to the South Boston Real estate mix.  These homes are now for sale, with expected completion in the first quarter of 2018.  Here are more details:

  • Residences will range from one to three-plus bedrooms, and are priced between $599,000 - $1.5 million
  • Amenities include concierge service, a gym, common spaces, private outdoor spaces and a bicycle sharing program
  • 109 garage parking spaces will be located on site, in addition to bicycle storage space
  • 3,400 square feet of retail space will be located on the ground floor

Residences at 100 A street

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Just down the street from previously mentioned 39A Street, you’ll find another new construction building at 100 A street.  These South Boston condos are notable because of the size and luxury of the homes.  The building will have:

  • Nine luxurious condominiums, including 8 two-bedrooms ranging from 1,701 to 1,803 square feet and one four-bedroom, 3,585 square food residence
  • Amenities will include a communal roof deck and elevator access to all units
  • 536 square feet of ground-floor retail space
  • An enveloped parking garage with capacity for ten cars

232 Old Colony Avenue

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2018, 232 Old Colony Avenue will be a mixed-use building, with 24 residential condominiums over what will surely be one of South Boston’s hottest new restaurants.  The building will have

  • 2,855 square feet of ground-floor restaurant space
  • 29 garage parking spaces
  • Three condominiums will be designated affordable in compliance with the City of Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy

45 L Street

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Mixed-use buildings are popping up all over South Boston, offering neighborhood residents and buyers a fortune of new entertainment and housing options.  45 L Street is one of those buildings, and it will have:

  • 30 condominium residences including 6 one-bedrooms, 20 two-bedrooms and 4 three-bedrooms
  • Four residences designated affordable
  • Amenities include a meeting room and a fitness center
  • 1,009 square feet of ground-floor commercial space
  • At grade parking garage will contain 32 parking spaces

57 L Street

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Just down the street from 45 L street you’ll find 57 L street, an upcoming residential building in the heart of South Boston just steps from East Broadway. The specifics include:

  • 13 condominium residences 
  • One studio, 10 2-bedrooms and two 3-bedrooms
  • Two residences will be designated affordable
  • A ground-level garage containing 21 off-street parking spaces

728 East Broadway

(Source: http://www.bldup.com)

Rounding out the list is 728 East Broadway, nestled among an array of popular South Boston restaurants and shops.  This mixed-use building will have:

  • 18 condominium residences
  • 6,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space
  • An underground garage containing 34 parking spaces

Boston real estate is rich with diversity, so it makes sense that the neighborhoods around the city are seeing developmental components unique to their personalities.  New condos in the Seaport District have a very cosmopolitan feel, with an abundance of commercial development intended for trendy shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.  Many new condos in East Boston taut waterfront living and urban conveniences new to the area, but also seem to have been built with an emphasis on the preservation of a smaller community.  The changes in South Boston real estate are remarkable as well, though not for the scale of any one project (not including the recently announced redevelopment of the former Boston Edison power plant).  The new construction buildings we listed fit in nicely with the existing character of South Boston - small to medium sized mixed-use buildings that accommodate steady growth in a Boston neighborhood with a personality distinctly different from Downtown Boston.  The number and style of South Boston’s development projects are sure to have an impact on demand and real estate in South Boston (and there are many more to come), but they certainly won’t jeopardize the neighborhoods infamous and celebrated charm.  

The Charles Realty has had its finger on the pulse of Boston real estate for 34 years.  Our agents have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, and oftentimes have access to information not yet made public.  For any questions about listings in the aforementioned buildings, other new projects in Boston, the status of projects, availability of new construction homes, or anything pertaining to Boston real estate, please contact us.  

 

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    Thinking About a Move to Boston? Here Are 5 Things You Should Know

    With diverse neighborhoods, booming development and a current shortage in the supply of homes for sale, real estate in Boston can be a complicated matter, which is why it's critical to work with an experienced local agent.  But there are other things about the city outside of real estate that have an impact on the average day of a Bostonian.  If you're a local buying a home in Boston, it's easier to navigate some of these nuances of the city, but if you're moving in from out of State or a suburb you might not know what questions to ask or what kind of research to do.  So, we asked our friend Jeremy Alderman at Zog Digital to put together a list of 5 important things people moving to Boston should know about the city before they move here.  Here's what he had to say:

    There’s a lot you need to know before moving to Boston. With schools like Boston College, Boston University, and of course Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, Boston reaps all the benefits of a youthful population brimming with innovation and enterprise. Boston even beats out both New York and Los Angeles as a top city for venture capital investing (surprising, I know), creating a great startup environment. But it’s helpful to understand a few things about the city if you’re planning a move to Beantown, so here are some things to review before loading up the moving truck:

    University Town 

    Boston and its surrounding suburbs boast some of America’s most elite universities. This includes exceptionally prestigious institutions like Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, Boston College, Boston University, Emerson College, and Northeastern University, with Dartmouth, Brown, and Yale also in close proximity. What does that mean for homebuyers shopping for real estate in Boston for the first time? Expect a younger crowd when you’re looking in certain neighborhoods like Fenway / Kenmore, which is home to Boston University.  Take the time to really explore the city’s neighborhoods so you can get a feel for the atmosphere, demographics of potential neighbors and how the local universities - and their students - affect the area.  With over 30 colleges and universities within Boston’s greater metropolitan area, it’s safe to say that Boston is truly a college city and enjoys a multitude of benefits through university partnerships. 

    Boston + Sports = <3

    The Patriots. The Red Sox. The Bruins. The Celtics. If you’re not a sports fan when you move to Boston, you will surely become one, as the fandom of Boston’s teams is extraordinary and contagious. If by chance you don’t get caught up in the allure of Boston’s teams, it is absolutely necessary to acknowledge that many Bostonians are deeply devoted, so each game has an impact on the city. For the non-sports fans considering a move to Beantown, keeping track of game schedules will prove to be immensely helpful when mapping out travel time through and around the city. On game days the influx of sports fans from around the city and surrounding area will certainly affect your commute, so it would be wise to keep note of who plays who even if you won’t be tracking the scoreboard.

    Boston Loves Its Startups and Tech Companies

    Boston and its neighboring cities, like Cambridge, have developed an attractive corporate culture for tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. In fact, Boston is a frontrunner for the site of Amazon’s second corporate headquarters.  Plus, Boston has positioned itself to become a great place for hundreds of startups due to its proximity to nearby universities and abundance of well-educated students and post-grads with motivation and fresh ideas. Cambridge’s Kendall Square, which neighbors MIT, is a great example of a neighborhood that demonstrates a thriving startup scene thanks to eager students and recent graduates.

    Day Trips, Getaways, and Breweries 

    There’s a lot to do with a weekend in Boston, and a trip to one of the city’s many craft breweries should definitely make the list. Although craft brewing has always been a common trade in Boston, the industry has grown quite a bit since the big breweries have entered the scene. Many breweries offer tours and host festivals, including Harpoon Brewery and of course, Samuel Adams. Keep in mind that while most bars around the city shutdown at 2 AM, the metro system stops running generally between 12:30 AM and 1:00 AM.

    But if you need an escape, quiet destination spots like Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket are a quick drive away, and offer charm and refuge, especially during the warmer months. Even without a car, many nearby vacation spots are accessible by bus, train, or ferry ride. 

    One thing you should know about Boston is that Massachusetts’s winters are notoriously harsh. Each winter the city is hit by a few major snowstorms that halt activity and travel.  Wintertime temperatures can often dip down into the low twenties and sometimes the high teens, so dress warm! 

    The T 

    The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (The T) is at the heart of many Bostonian’s everyday commute. Before you move to Boston, you need to embrace public transportation. If you plan to use the T, it would be wise to consider selecting a home or apartment with easy access to a station, preferably one on the same color line you need to take to get to work. Although living within walking distance from a T station would be ideal, expect that convenience to reflect in your rent. These locations are sought after and typically more expensive. 

    Real Estate Shopping 

    Your best bet for apartment shopping in Boston is to contact a Boston real estate agent who knows the city and it’s neighborhoods.  Housing in the city is diverse - condos in Back Bay are very different from the real estate in The Seaport District or the common owner-occupied double or triple-deckers you’ll find in Somerville and Dorchester.  These homes are often older, are individually managed, and come with fewer amenities than new apartment buildings.  As with all cities, Boston real estate prices depend greatly on location, and a Boston real estate agent will be best able to identify an ideal location based on your needs. 

    Before you unload the moving van, think about reserving your moving permit online through Boston City Hall. Many rental apartments within the city are accompanied by a September 1st move in date to accommodate (for better or worse) all of the many college students moving back to campus in the fall, so be prepared if you’re moving in that timeframe!

    Boston is a thriving city with so much to offer for newcomers. It has a timeless and historic appeal for both locals and visitors, while still maintaining a fresh East Coast atmosphere with endless opportunities in business, education, culture and entertainment. Trusting local experts will ensure you discover the perfect real estate property for sale in Boston - whether you're looking for a luxury condo in Back Bay or a townhouse in South Boston.  Our friends at The Charles Realty have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, having been in the forefront of the Boston real estate market for 34 years, and they help clients immerse themselves into the city and get acclimated to their neighborhood with leading insights on all things Boston. 

     

     

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