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Coming Soon: 5 Boston Developments to Look Forward to in 2016

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2016 is looking to be the start of a new era for Boston’s skyline. From high-rise towers to retail complexes, this year will certainly be filled with many exciting new developments. Let’s take a look at the developments we’re most looking forward to this year.

Millennium Tower

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At a remarkable height of 685 ft, Boston’s Millennium Tower has extended far into the city’s skyline. With a mix of 442 residential condos, including stunning penthouse residences, and more than 200,000 sq. ft of retail space at its base, the tower will be 60 stories of unprecedented luxury. Since its approval in 2012, it has become one of Boston’s most anticipated residential buildings. Located in Downtown Crossing, Millennium Tower is expected to remake one of America’s oldest neighborhoods while still preserving its character.

The residences offered at Millennium Tower Boston will include a wide range of lavish features and expansive floor plans. The spacious condos are highlighted by sweeping views of the city and a sizable collection of amenities – a 24-hour concierge, library, outdoor terrace, indoor pool, fitness center, ballroom, and – for all of you foodies – restaurant services overseen by esteemed chef Michael Mina.

The building is set to open by the summer of 2016. Visit the Millennium Tower site for more information or sales inquiries.

 


One Seaport Square

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This colossal Seaport development may not be officially opened until 2017, but it’s worth witnessing its transformation throughout 2016. This luxury high-rise residential and retail project will consist of 832 units, with 250,000 square feet of retail space and three levels of underground parking.

One Seaport Square’s residential towers, named VIA and The Benjamin, will each have separate personalities, providing distinct living options for its diverse audiences. The Benjamin will house 354 apartment homes, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms; while VIA‘s 458 modern apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms and cost-effective “innovation units”.

A joint development between Boston Global Investors, WS Development and The Berkshire Group, the $600 million venture is the largest mixed-use project in Boston in thirty years.

 


 

The Aberdeen

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Construction is currently underway on Brighton’s newest residential development – a five-story, 40-unit residential building on 1650 Commonwealth Avenue. The Aberdeen will house twelve 1-BRs starting at $550,000; twenty-five 2-BRs starting at $675,000; and three 3-BRs starting at $995,000.

Along with retail space, amenities include a roof terrace, fitness center, and covered parking. The Aberdeen is set to open in late 2016.

 


 

319 A Street

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Developers at Boston Residential Group are nearing completion on their rehabilitation of an office building at 319 A Street. The project will include approximately 48 residential units and 5,000 square feet of gross floor area for ground floor commercial space.

319 A Street will help create an Innovation District in the Seaport District by introducing amenities that compliment the dynamic changes underway in South Boston’s vibrant neighborhood.

The building is slated to be completed by the summer of 2016. Studios, 1-BRs, and 2-BRs will start at $499,000.

 


 

The Lucas

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Boston’s desirable South End neighborhood will soon be gaining another residential space at the old Holy Trinity Germain Church on 136 Shawmut Avenue.

In an interesting utilization of architectural design, the 33-unit modern residence will blend old and new by maintaining the facade of the former church, along with its stained glass and vaulted ceilings. Its conversion had initially driven arguments regarding the church’s preservation. Developers New Boston Ventures are planning on opening its doors by 2016.

 

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Your Boston Real Estate Holiday Wish List

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Is someone on your shopping list looking for real estate this holiday season? If so, we’ve compiled your 2015 Boston Real Estate Holiday Wish List, featuring the 10 highest-priced listings available on the market right now. These luxurious homes are looking for the perfect owners–could it be you?

 

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

315 Dartmouth Street | Back Bay
14,871 sq. ft.
Rooms: 26
Beds: 9
Baths: 6 full, 4 half
Garage: 2
List Price: $20m

 

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

6 Newbury Street #3 | Back Bay
6,100 sq. ft.
Rooms: 12
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 full, 2 half
Garage: 3
List Price: $12.95m

 

Photo Courtesy of Luxury Residential Group, LLC

Photo Courtesy of Luxury Residential Group, LLC

The Clarendon | 400 Stuart Street PH3 | Back Bay
3,545 sq. ft.
Rooms: 7
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 2
List Price: $10.95m

 

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Millennium Tower
| 1 Franklin Street PH4B | Midtown
4,110 sq. ft.
Rooms: 5
Beds: 3
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $10.9m

 

Photo Courtesy of Robert Paul Properties, Inc

Photo Courtesy of Robert Paul Properties, Inc

77 Chestnut Street | Beacon Hill
6,550 sq. ft.
Rooms: 8
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 3 half
Garage: 6

List Price: $10.5m

 

Photo Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty.

Photo Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Four Seasons Residences | 220 Boylston Street #1205/1209 | Back Bay
3,300 sq. ft.
Rooms: 8
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full
Garage: 2

List Price: $10.25m

 

Photo Courtesy of Pioneer Realty Group.

Photo Courtesy of Pioneer Realty Group.

The Residences at Hooper Mansion | 448 Beacon Street #4 | Back Bay
4,132 sq. ft.
Rooms: 11
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $9.85m

 

Photo Courtesy of First Boston Realty International, LLC.

Photo Courtesy of First Boston Realty International, LLC.

Trinity Place | 1 Huntington Avenue PH1702 | Back Bay
3,618 sq. ft.
Rooms: 9
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 3

List Price: $9.25m

 

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

25 Beacon Street #4 | Back Bay
3,583 sq. ft.
Rooms: 7
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $9m

 

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

25 Beacon Street #3 | Back Bay
3,583 sq. ft.
Rooms: 7
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $8.9m

 

 

 

 

 

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Take a Deeper Dive into Boston’s Pools with Our Free ebook

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The dog days of August are upon us and, even though Labor Day is just a few weeks away, the summer isn’t quite over. In fact, Boston is experiencing another hot weekend and people all over the city are looking for ways to beat the heat. A little bit of research revealed that there was no comprehensive list of Boston’s residential pools available to the public. So, to make your search a little easier we have compiled The 2015 Bushari Guide – The Residential Pools of Boston, a free ebook now available for download.

Boasting the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of Boston properties where you can live and swim, the book provides full-color photos and descriptions of each pool, as well as the amenities and services available at each. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in the city, our ebook will give you the scoop on the hottest properties to cool off.

 

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

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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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Copley Place Tower Given the Go-Ahead

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.