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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

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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 county. 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.

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Floor Plans for Millennium Tower Boston Released

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Millennium Partners has released a few luxurious floor plans for the new Millennium Tower Boston. The floor plans are broken down into City Lower, City Upper, Grand Lower and Grand Upper Residences.

Millennium Tower City Lower Residences – 04 Tier

These 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom luxury condos on the 04 Tier of Floors 10-22 feature 1,498 square feet, a spacious walk-in closet and lovely master bath.

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Millennium Tower City Upper Residences – 08 Tier

These 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom luxury condos on the 08 Tier of Floors 23-32 feature 1,566 square feet, a large kitchen island and double walk-in master closets.

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Millennium Tower Grand Lower Residences – 04 Tier

These 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condos on the 04 Tier of Floors 38-45 feature 2,096 square feet and exceptional closet space.

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Millennium Tower Grand Upper Residences – 03 Tier

These 3 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom luxury condos on the 03 Tier of Floors 46-55 feature 2,773 square feet, dual master bathrooms and sprawling gourmet kitchens.

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Millennium Tower Takes the Private Club to New Heights

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The Club at Millennium Tower will offer one of the most unique lifestyle experiences in Boston. The two-level, 23,000 square foot space will be one of the most exclusive scenes in the city. The Club will include an owner’s lounge, children’s playroom, screening room, parlor, library, function room, pool, spa, concierge service and a spacious, private fitness facility. Enjoy a beverage on the outdoor terrace, shoot pool in the parlor or do a quick detox in the steam room.

Millennium Tower Boston will redefine luxury fitness in the 10,000 square foot facility to be built for the exclusive use of Millennium Tower residents. FLX by Millennium will offer the ideal balance of mind, body and nutrition services. The Pilates Studio will offer sweeping city views, state-of-the-art equipment and a tranquil design.

Millennium Tower Boston Club Renderings

 

 

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The Burnham Building at Millennium Tower

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For five long years the Burnham Building in the heart of Downtown Crossing stood gutted to its bones next to the gaping hole that was the old Filene’s Basement Department Store. It was a scar on the face of Boston’s bustling hub. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to visit the new DTX (Downtown Crossing as it is now called), I am here to tell you that Boston is getting a facelift.

Built in 1912, The Burnham Building was named after its creator and visionary, the father of urbanism, Architect Daniel Burnham. In a join effort with Boston’s Mayor John Fitzgerald and William Filene, Daniel Burnham designed a building that forever changed the landscape of Downtown Crossing. The building housed the world’s largest specialty store, Filene’s, among other retailers, creating an entertainment experience the city of Boston had never seen before.

The Burnham Building was meant to make a statement, and after years of neglect it is doing so again. The $120 million renovation project includes eight-stories and 285,000-square-feet of mixed-use office and retail. This summer the first major player to open offices in the building was Arnold Worldwide, one of the most renowned marketing companies on the globe and part of Havas Creative Group. Relocating from Huntington Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay into the Burnham Building is exciting news for Arnold Worldwide and the DTX neighborhood. AOL followed suit, and both a Roche Brothers Supermarket and a Primark Department Stores are scheduled to open in the Burnham Building in 2015.

The open and lofty work space shows the building at its glory. The half-finished ceilings reveal the century-old original tiles. Exposed bricks against the oversize white-trimmed windows create a magnificent contrast.

Rising above the Burnham Building will be the new mega-skyscraper, Millennium Tower. Adjacent to the Burnham Building, and connected to it through the retail floors, Millennium Tower will be the tallest residential building in Boston upon completion. Downtown Crossing is on the path to becoming Boston’s newest luxury neighborhood.

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The Mega Towers of the New Boston Skyline

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For all the buyers who have been desperate for Boston luxury condo inventory, you are about to be sent manna from heaven. Not one, but four new uber luxury residential towers will grace the Boston skyline in the next few years. Developers are taking advantage of the current Boston real estate market  and finally building luxury condos. The projects below are slated to be some of the most exclusive projects Boston has ever seen.

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Millennium Tower BostonThe long awaited Millennium Tower located in the bustling Downtown Crossing area of Midtown Boston will rise more than 55 stories and 625 ft into the Boston skyline. With completion scheduled for 2016, Millennium Tower residents will temporarily enjoy being part of the tallest residential tower in Boston. The renowned developer, Millennium Partners, is known for transforming neighborhoods and truly elevating urban living to an art form. Whereas many of Boston’s new mega towers will include a hotel or luxury apartment rentals within their walls, Millennium Partners will only offer the incredible lifestyle of Millennium Tower for purchase through 420 condominiums. Incredible amenities will include 24-hour concierge, garage parking, owner’s lounge, children’s playroom, fitness center and a swimming pool. With an acute understanding that residents enjoy a strong community and camaraderie with their neighbors, Millennium Towers will offer the premier La Vie® lifestyle experience. La Vie® brings residents a wealth of private events and insider excursions. The eclectic La Vie® monthly calendar reflects a shared passion for fine dining, wine, art, music and culture. Through behind-the-scenes tours, fireside chats with local and international thought leaders, wine tasting and purely social gatherings, La Vie® takes urban living to new heights.

Copley Place Tower

Copley Place Tower BostonCopley Place Tower will be built above the current Neiman Marcus store in the Copley Mall and will soar 569 feet into the Back Bay skyline. Although Simon Properties has yet to break ground, the project is well on its way through the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Plans call for 52 stories consisting of 433 luxury apartment rentals and 109 exclusive condominiums. Boarding the South End and attached to the premier Copley Mall, Copley Place Tower plans call for luxury amenities such as concierge service, garage parking, a lap pool, a contemporary Sky Lobby and sun deck.

 

 

Back Bay Tower

Back Bay Tower BostonWhen completed, Back Bay Tower will be the tallest residential building in Boston, rising 691 feet above the Christian Science Plaza. Plans call for two buildings. The smaller building will consist of 255 luxury apartments on 25 floors, and the 58 story high-rise will include 180 luxury condominiums on the upper 40 floors, and 211 hotels rooms on the lower floors. Recently the Boston Globe announced that the property will be managed by the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, adding a whole new level of prestige to the project. Developer Carpenter & Co. plans to break ground early next year on the corner of Belvidere and Dalton Streets. Residents and hotel guests will enjoy five-star amenities and an incredible location across from the Prudential Center and Copley Mall.

 

40 Trinity Place

40 Trinity PlaceThe proposal for 40 Trinity Place in the Back Bay calls for a 33 story glass tower on the current location of the Boston Common Hotel and partially above the adjacent University Club. 40 Trinity Place will include 220 hotel rooms, 142 luxury condominiums, a conference center and two restaurants. Plans also call for a spa-like fitness center, a sky lobby on the top floor of the hotel and a 3 season roof terrace lounge. The 400 foot tall glass tower will add another ultra-luxury address to Boston’s Back Bay.

 

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Bushari Group Welcomes Amy Carlisle

Amy Carlisle Bushari Group Real EstateBushari Group Real Estate is proud to welcome Amy Carlisle to the Boston Luxury Real Estate team.

Amy is a dedicated and passionate sales and leasing specialist who consistently offers each client her undivided attention. Having lived in each borough of Boston over the past ten years, Amy has an unparalleled understanding of what each neighborhood has to offer. This knowledge has enabled Amy to accurately guide and educate her clients through every detail of the buying and selling process. Amy prides herself in being a committed leader to her clients and is known for her enthusiasm, attention to detail, communication skills and high level of service and professionalism.

Originally from Waterford, CT, Amy moved to the Boston area to attend the University of Massachusetts Boston. Nearly six years ago, Amy found her start in real estate and has continued to rise to the top of her field. Amy currently resides in South Boston. In her free time, Amy enjoys yoga, horror movies, and watching reality television.

Click HERE to Read Reviews from Amy’s past clients on Zillow.

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“The Year of Millennium Tower” – Are you ready Boston?

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Millennium Tower Boston2014 will be “The Year of Millennium Tower,” according to its developer Millennium Partners, who most recently built the uber successful Millennium Place on 580 Washington Street in Midtown Boston. I would have to agree. Boston seems desperate for a new luxury condo building as the inventory of Boston luxury condos drags at historic lows.

Millennium Tower Boston will set a new standard in Boston luxury living. Millennium Tower will be Boston’s tallest residential building to date, rising more than 600 feet out of the old Filene’s location in Downtown Crossing. Featuring almost 500 luxury condos, approximately 200,000 sq. ft. of prime retail space and nearly 550 garage parking spaces, Millennium Tower will usher in a new era of contemporary elegance for Midtown Boston.

Designed by Handel Architects, LLP, the $616 million Millennium Tower project will delicately preserve the Burnham Building, offering a spectacular blend of old and new Boston architecture.

Completion of Millennium Tower Boston is set for 2016, but reservations could start as early as May 1st! To stay updated on news about Millennium Tower Boston from Bushari Group Real Estate, please register at our new Millennium Tower website.

Find more information about Millennium Tower Boston:

Millennium Tower Boston – Newest Renderings Released

Millennium Tower Boston – Ground Officially Broken