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PABU: Chef Michael Mina Brings Boston a Restaurant for the New Millennium

Photo courtesy of Millennium Partners.

Chef Michael Mina (left) and Sushi Chef Ken Tominaga (right) have Boston buzzing about PABU.  Photo courtesy of Millennium Partners.

 

As the Millennium Tower inches closer to completion with each passing day, more details are beginning to emerge about the businesses set to move in once the building opens next summer and a recent announcement has the Boston restaurant scene buzzing. Millennium Partners, the New York-based developers of the tower, are teaming up with celebrity chef Michael Mina and sushi chef Ken Tominaga to bring an exciting new dining concept to the city. Set to open Fall 2016, PABU is a Japanese-style izakaya that will operate on the first two stories of the Millennium Tower and promises to offer a unique dining experience to Boston foodies.

In Japan, izakayas are typically known as casual, after-work drinking establishments where food is served to accompany the drinks. Encouraging a social atmosphere, a typical izakaya menu is comprised of small plates meant to be shared and ordered continuously throughout the meal. Essentially, izakaya is the Japanese version of Spanish tapas.

Spanning 7,800 square feet, PABU will feature compartmentalized dining spaces, as well as communal tables where patrons may sip sake and socialize. The concept has been very well-received in San Francisco, where PABU consistently ranks among the city’s top restaurants and Mina believes that success will translate nicely to Boston. Like its sister restaurant, PABU (“pub” in Japanese) won’t be limited to small plates as the concept allows for guests to customize their own experiences. Mina also plans to serve a 16-course chef’s tasting menu that will highlight the freshest ingredients available on any given day, with a heavy focus on seafood, which will come from New England’s own waters, as well as the world’s largest fish market—Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market.

Mina is no stranger to working with Millennium Partners; in 2009, the acclaimed chef’s RN74 opened in San Francisco’s Millennium Tower, where he is also a resident. In addition to operating PABU, Mina will also spearhead the residents-only private dining options on the Millennium Tower’s 23,000 square foot Club Level. In addition to the dishes offered at PABU, Mina plans to create an exclusive menu featuring some of the “greatest hits” from his restaurant empire, which currently spans 21 different locations around the world.

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Seaport Square Development Moves Forward

 

Rendering of Seaport Square, courtesy of the Boston Redevelopment Authority

Rendering of Seaport Square, courtesy of the Boston Redevelopment Authority

In a city dominated by new developments, South Boston’s $3.5 billion Seaport Square is the largest of them all. Spanning 20 city blocks and 23 acres, construction on the project broke ground in November 2014 but further developments were held up in March due to a potential lawsuit which was dropped last month. No longer under the threat of litigation, Boston Global Investors — who are developing the project along with a group of foreign investors — have recently submitted plans for a $700 million expansion of the project and the new phase of construction could break ground as early as the first quarter of 2016.

The new plans, which are currently under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Civic Design Commission, call for the addition of three 22-story luxury residential towers and 125,000 square feet of retail space on a 3.5 acre parcel currently utilized for parking. The towers will each rise to approximately 256 feet and will bring around 1150 brand-new residential units to the neighborhood. A three-story underground garage will be constructed beneath the site, which will also feature a 9,000 square foot outdoor plaza. This new green space is intended to be a vibrant gathering place for the community and should play host to a number of events throughout the year. Four pedestrian pathways will form a perimeter around the site, allowing for easy access to the plaza.

The Seaport Square project is currently on track for completion in 2020 and aims to create one of the most modern and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in the Boston.

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The Arlington Back Bay – Live With Your Dog in Style

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Now you can match your nails to your dog’s pawdicure! The Arlington, Back Bay’s 128-unit luxury apartment building, is ready to give your pet the time of its life. Well known for its lavish amenities, The Arlington is looking to court pet-loving apartment hunters by implementing a wide range of services for their four-legged friends. These services range from the standard walking and grooming to entire dog spa sessions. When asked about their primary motivation for the spa, Arlington leasing representative Erica Maffeo Grilli responded with enthusiasm. “Our residents’ pets are like family members, so having an amenity for them was something we always wanted to do!”

While your dog enjoys its own personal vacation, you can enjoy the spectacular conveniences that The Arlington is famous for. Next to The Boston Garden, their basketball court is one of the nicest in the area. Their state-of-the-art fitness center was called the “Best In Boston” by BostInno news. If you’re just looking to relax, a trip to the private entertainment lounge or game room is always worthwhile.

One Bedrooms starting at $3,800/mo

Two Bedrooms starting at $7,250/mo

Contact Bushari Group Real Estate for more information about Boston luxury apartments.

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Building For Sale: Victorian Brownstone in Boston’s South End

39 West Newton Aerial View

Surrounded by green space and all of the excitement the South End has to offer, the 39 West Newton building is now on the market.

We are excited to introduce the unique opportunity to own a six-story building in Boston’s popular South End neighborhood. Situated between  Blackstone Square and Rutland Haven Gardens, 39 West Newton St. is a spectacular six-story Italianate-style Victorian brownstone—a true Boston classic and the type of property that doesn’t become available very often. The site spans approximately 7,667 square feet and offers prospective buyers one of the best investment opportunities on the market. The building currently holds five separate living units, which are currently leased, but the possibilities for renovation and redevelopment are endless.

For more information, including floor plans and Offering Memorandum, you can visit www.39WestNewton.com.

Address: 39 West Newton St. | South End
Price: $5,200,000

Exclusive Listing Agents:
Bonnie Lombardi, REALTOR®  (615) 218-1048 
Elad Bushari, BROKER, CRS®, ABR®, REALTOR®  (615) 218-1048

 

 

 

 

 

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Mapping Boston’s New Developments

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Image Courtesy of Government Center Garage Development

Boston is said to have two seasons; winter and construction. Now that construction season is in full-bloom, we’re all interested in seeing what’s being built around the city. From luxury high-rise skyscrapers to numerous up-and-coming suburban units, Boston has been the prime location for residential developments. As it can be difficult to keep track of all of these advancements, we’ve included a detailed development map below. This map shows all Boston residential developments under construction, approved and proposed, and completed.

Please contact us today for more information about new construction projects changing the face of the Boston Real Estate market.

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Free eBook: TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Act

TILA-RESPA-Changes-2015-Cover-1On August 1st, 2015 the real estate industry will change dramatically with the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Act. The banking industry will be subject to many more disclosure requirements and government regulations, which will alter real estate transactions significantly.

All real estate agents must be prepared for the change. Bushari Group Real Estate has prepared an extensive eBook to share with our colleagues and clients.

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Copley Place Tower Given the Go-Ahead

Artist rendering, courtesy of the "Copley Place Retail Expansion and Residential Addition Project Summary"

Artist rendering of the newly-approved Copley Place Tower, courtesy of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority last night approved several projects with the aim of fulfilling Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s plan to greatly expand the city’s housing inventory by 2030. Among the projects approved by the BRA’s Board of Directors was a revised plan for the expansion of Copley Place, which includes a new skyscraper that will deliver 542 new residential units to the heart of the city.

The residential and retail expansion of Copley has been on the table since 2006, but the project has been held back due to various issues, most recently that overhangs from the building were encroaching into “non-approved spaces.” With last night’s approval, however, those issues have been resolved and Simon Property Group, the project’s developer, can move forward with their $500 million construction.

According to the project summary, the forthcoming Copley Place Tower will rise to heights of 569 feet and plans to “successfully meet the needs of Boston and its residents.” Simon Property Group and their development advisers have carefully studied Boston’s evolving housing market.

The developers want to ensure that their project will improve the lives of all Bostonians and not just residents of the tower. Plans call for “carefully executed design strategies” with the goal of improving the location’s overall pedestrian experience and aesthetic. Some of the expected benefits include improved public transit and a reduction in the number of commuters in single-use vehicles, as well as the creation of 1,477 construction jobs and approximately 250 permanent jobs.

The residential tower at Copley Place will follow the likes of the Millennium Tower and One Dalton as the most recent additions to Boston’s quickly transforming skyline.

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Half-Way There: Boston’s Millennium Tower is Rising Above

 

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As Boston’s first luxury residential skyscraper, the Millennium Tower has been the most-anticipated project in a city that is experiencing its biggest development boom in four decades. Since breaking ground in the fall of 2013, the building’s developers, New York-based Millennium Partners, have used promotional materials to convey the promise that, with their project, “the city rises from here.”

With construction scheduled to be completed in just over a year, that promise can be seen from all over the city as the Millennium Tower currently stands at 341-feet—just about half-way to its final height—and can be seen “rising above” its downtown neighbors from points all over the city.

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Millennium Tower will feature 442 luxury condominiums, beginning on the tenth floor, with the first seven floors playing host to upscale dining and retail options open to the public. Acting as a buffer between the public and private spheres of the building will be The Club, described as a “one-of-a-kind environment of casual luxury, perfect for socializing, relaxing and meeting.” The Club at Millennium Tower will offer residents a number of unrivaled amenities, including an owner’s lounge, screening room, parlor, library, function room, pool, spa, concierge service and the largest residential-only fitness facility.

Millennium Partners have spent more than twenty years perfecting their formula of building luxury properties in “gateway” cities such as Miami, New York and San Francisco. Their reputation, along with Boston’s pent-up demand for luxury condos, have contributed to a massively-successful pre-sale with more than 75% of the units already under contract – to the tune of $650 million.

When Millennium Tower opens next year, it will stand as the third-tallest building in Boston, with only the Prudential Tower and the Hancock Building soaring above. That is, until 2017 when the 700-foot tall Four Seasons Tower, located near the Christian Science Plaza, is scheduled to open. With several more towers in various stages of development, the  promise of the city rising is well on its way to coming true.

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Millennium Tower Boston

Millennium Tower Boston

The sales center for Millennium Tower has finally opened, and reservations are pouring in for Boston’s hottest pre-construction luxury tower. Millennium Tower will soar 625 feet to the top of the 60th floor living space and 685 feet in total. The 442 luxury condominiums will all be sold at market rate – meaning Millennium Tower will not have an affordable component nor professionally managed rental apartments.

Millennium Tower SFMillennium Partners, the New York based developer of the project, has been around for 23 years and has completed 27 renowned projects in cities such as Miami, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Millennium Partners noticed a shift occurring in the market place around 2007. By listening to feedback from residents of their many luxury developments, Millennium Partners realized that although residents enjoyed the 5-star services in each building, they were not enamored with the hotel guests whose needs seemed to be taking precedence over those of the residents. From that feedback, Millennium Partners built Millennium Tower San Francisco, a 60-story luxury tower with emphasis on 5-star services, but specifically lacking a hotel. Worth Magazine named Millennium Tower San Francisco one of the top 10 buildings in the world (only 3 of which were in the U.S.). All 10 buildings offered 5-star living experiences, and all decided against a hotel element. Millennium Partners followed that incredible success story with Millennium Place Boston. All 260 homes at Millennium Place Boston sold out in only 16 months. The purely residential luxury experience will culminate with Millennium Tower Boston (occupancy expected for Summer 2016). Millennium Partners sees this as the evolution of residential living. The lifestyle will be all about the residents, exclusivity, privacy and 5-star service.

Designed by Handel Architects, LLC, Millennium Tower will reshape the Boston skyline and will become a landmark icon identifying Downtown Boston. The side of the tower will feature chauffeured windows with a 5-foot “bump-out,” similar to the 2.5-foot chauffeured windows at Millennium Place. The windows will accentuate views for residents and give Millennium Tower a glistening sparkle from the exterior.

Millennium Tower BostonThe luxury condos at Millennium Tower will start on the 10th floor. Directly beneath that will be a two-level private club for exclusive use of residents. Street level to the 7th floor will feature premier retail space. The building itself will be divided into two segments, each with its own boutique lobby, doorman and 24-hour concierge. The separation of the lobbies brings a sense of intimacy to the building, and each concierge can better serve the residents. Each lobby will be a destination spot, the point at which your home begins. The City Residences will sit on floors 10-32, and the Grand Residences will be located on floors 33-55. Penthouse homes on floors 56-60 will utilize the Grand Residences lobby. The major difference between the two tiers will be the physical size of the homes, with the Grand Residences offering larger floor plans. Condos on a higher floor may also have preferred views.

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Millennium Tower will rise out of the hole left by the old Filene’s Department Store Building. The old building took up the entire block, whereas the new building will use only about half of that footprint, allowing for the creation of a piazza for public use. One benefit of this space is that Millennium Tower will still control the experience within this piazza, making sure the 5-star experience extends into the neighborhood. All parking will be underground, with a professional valet staff servicing the valet parking near the lobbies.

Millennium Tower will have a staff of about 60 employees who will serve the building. Some important positions will include: general manager, assistant general manager, lobby concierge, doorman, valet staff, club concierge, food and beverage staff, chief engineer, security staff, and housekeeping. Whereas many buildings outsource management and staffing, Millennium Tower will continue to manage the property and the staff will become employees of the condo association. This structure promotes greater staff continuity, lower condominium fees and a higher level of service for residents.

The exclusive resident-only club space at Millennium Tower will be spectacular. Encompassing the 8th and 9th floors, the 23,000 square-foot amenity space will include a 10,000 square-foot fitness center, children’s playroom, private screening room, owners’ lounge, outdoor space with a fire pit, spacious library, junior Olympic sized pool, private dining room and bar. The owner’s lounge will feature dramatic double ceiling height and will overlook Washington Street and the Old South Church. The club concierge will be on-site to arrange all functions of the club, including reservations for the private dining room. The swim area will offer a sparkling lap pool, hot tub and steam rooms. There will also be treatment rooms for spa style treatments. On the 9th floor, the fitness center, branded FLXone will offer a cardio and free weight area, as well as Pilates, yoga and multipurpose studios.

Millennium Tower Boston Amenities

Mina BostonMillennium Tower will also offer its residents a unique dining program. Michael Mina, a Michelin rated chef with multiple restaurants around the country, will be opening a private dining experience exclusively for Millennium Tower residents. The restaurant will create a country club atmosphere in an urban setting. Millennium Partners has established a relationship with Michael over the past 9 years as the chef at the premier RN74 at Millennium Tower San Francisco. The Boston menu will feature his greatest hits from around the country. The restaurant, for exclusive use by residents and their guests, will not require a minimum spend and will offer dining and beverage options Á La Carte in the essence of the casualization of fine dining.

lavie-logo-45x90One of the most popular features of Millennium Tower will be the LaVie lifestyle program. The club concierge schedules an annual series of events that are broken into a monthly calendar. The idea is to offer educational and entertaining events in the areas of art, literature, fitness, food and culture to Millennium residents. There are also mix-and-mingle events to encourage homeowners to come downstairs and meet their neighbors. Residents can also enjoy fireside chats with experts in industry, fitness, music and the arts.

When you purchase a luxury home at Millennium Tower you will be buying into an exclusive lifestyle experience.