November 8, 2011 Andrea McDonough

Top Residential Developments in South Boston

Boston is ramping up for millions of square feet of new development; a mixture of office, residential, commercial, retail and hotel space. As a Buyer in the Boston market, you need to know what’s going to be built in your neighborhood and the appreciation potential on your home. Luxury residential space can add significant marginal value, so it’s in your best interest to buy in before the development sells and reap the benefits later.  There are hundreds of projects that have reached Boston Redevelopment Board Approval and even more projects waiting for approval. Each week I will be zoning in on one neighborhood in Boston and giving you all the details you’ll need to know in order to make an educated decision on where to buy and when.

Here we go:

333 West Broadway Rendering

333-339 West Broadway
This 5-story project will consist of 15 condominiums with two affordable units, approximately 21,500 square feet of combined living space, 23 below-grade parking spaces and 1 commercial space on the first floor. The building will consist of one bedroom and two bedroom units, all with exterior decks.

The property is located across the street from Shenannigan’s. The location is just two blocks from the Broadway T Station and a 20-30 minute walk into South End, just over the West Fourth Bridge, which makes this project perfect for downtown commuters.

The project is being developed by  Paul Adamson and Mark Cummins along side the design group TJA Architect LLC. The most recent project from Adamson and Cummins was 257 West 3rd Street, which sold very quickly in May 2008, ranging from $599,000-$635,000.

This project is centrally located in a plethora of other projects- from approval to completion.  There a little over a dozen projects underway from the south, 2.5 million square feet of new construction coming from the Seaport District, just north East of the project and several other projects on the western side of Southie along Old colony and D street.

First + First
This project consists of 22 single family town homes. This project is extremely unique in it’s concept of “vertical living” – a unique way of laying out a home in a vertical fashion that maximizes space. Each home will consist of a ground floor with a full sized two-car garage and sufficient storage space, laundry room and entry hall. The first floor will have an open layout for versatile living and a European style kitchen with an island and breakfast bar. The second floor will have two bedrooms with ample closet space and the third floor with be the master bedroom with an ensuite bath, large closets and a spacious outdoor terrace.

The developer Trocadero is a boutique- style company that has done several projects in South Boston.  They are working along side Utile, Inc an architectural group to maximize design asceticism. The developers are working to meet environmentally responsible standards and seeking to achieve LEED certification.  The properties will feature energy efficient Bosch and GE appliances, Energy-efficient windows and recyclable building materials, as well as other requirements set forth by LEED standards.

Currently six of the twenty-two homes have sold as pre-construction sales. The prices range from $559,000-$599,000


The Distillery
This project is by far one of the most interesting projects I’ve seen yet. The development will contain 65 residential units, including a mix of artist live/work, loft-style and conventional units, 147 parking spaces, an art gallery, greenhouse, and small scale retail space.  Existing Distillery building will be preserved and the project will happen adjacent to the current Distillery site at the 1966 bottling plant. Designed with Icon Architects, it will ultimately include artist live/work studios, loft style residences, underground music practice rooms, an open courtyard venue for performances, a restaurant, a market, a greenhouse, galleries, retail space, an artist residency program, rooftop gardens, open green space, and public artworks.

The new Distillery building will be Passive House certified, and will use approximately 10% of the energy of an ordinary new building, a figure that far surpasses the benchmarks set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system which has become the standard in this country. In addition to these energy reduction figures, the building will incorporate numerous other green technologies such as cogeneration of electricity, recycled gray water, drain heat recovery, strategic daylight shading, community gardening and food production, and composting.

While Passive House is quickly becoming common in Europe, the Distillery development will be the largest Passive House building in the United States. The project aims to set a precedent for sustainable building while fostering a growing creative community.

In conjunction with this new development, the developers and affiliates are working on improving the efficiency and environmental impact of transportation to and from The Distillery and the neighboring buildings. A collaboration with the MBTA is in the works to reroute a downtown bus line to stop at our site, in as well as additional Zip Cars, new electric car charging stations, and networked community carpooling.

Pricing is not available at this time. If you’d like to be on a list for updates, please visit my website.

Other Projects to look out for:
There are dozens of other small-scale projects underway in this community. I’ve created a list below. If you have any questions, or would like more information on any of these projects, please visit my website and place an inquiry. I would be more than happy to send you more information.

1. 11 West Broadway- 50 Residential rental Units and 8,000sf of ground floor retail

2. 360 West Second- 4-story structure for the provision of 25 rental units and 25 parking spaces.

3. Channel Wharf- 45 units of housing and 68 parking spaces.

4. 371 D Street- 585 residential condominium units in 4 buildings with approximately 724 parking

5. 339 D Street- 24 units and 30 parking spaces within a 4-story building.

6. 902 East Second- 44 residential units and 49 parking spaces

7. 881 East Second- 16 units and 34 parking spaces in a new 4-story structure.

8. Patriot Homes- 24 new units of affordable housing for veterans and includes the adaptive reuse of the former D Street police station building and the construction of a new building.

9. 395 West Broadway- 24 rental units and 20 parking spaces with ground floor commercial space in the former South Boston Tribune building at 395 West Broadway.

10. Saint Augustine’s at 205 E Street- Conversion of Saint Augustine’s School building into 39 residential units and 47 parking spaces.

, , ,

Andrea McDonough

Andrea McDonough is a motivated and knowledgeable sales and leasing agent with a prior background in economics and commercial property investments. Andrea graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Economics. Prior to joining the Bushari Group, she worked for C.B. Richard Ellis on the Capital Markets Team, where she focused her efforts on research, marketing and analysis. Andrea is training to run the Boston Marathon in 2009 and has run more than 40 races since 2001. She continues to increase her road biking mileage and plans to bike Central New York’s “Ride for Missing Children” in 2009. Andrea is also a “Big Sister” for the Big Sister’s of Massachusetts Bay and coach’s figure skating in her spare time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *