The cost of owning or renting in Downtown Boston, (the area including the Financial District, Downtown Crossing, Theater District, and Chinatown), gets higher and higher every year. Such is the cost of urban renewal and revitalization to the average person: not everyone can now afford to live in the new Downtown Boston.
But, then, homeowners and renters of all financial stripe demand more and more lavish digs with hotel-like amenities on tap. Prices are raised along with expectations of what a home should offer. Fitness centers, spas, club rooms, and every communal amenity hikes up the rent or selling price. Some amenities are add-on charges, too.
Despite being located in the heart of the city with shopping, fitness, and social spots a nice walk away, many are willing to pay more for a luxury experience, hence the rise in luxury-classified buildings. We take a look at what’s on offer to amenity-hungry downtown residents.
Location: Theater District—45 Stuart Street
What’s in the building? In-apartment washer/dryer; Fitness center. Rooftop Sky Pavilion with self-dubbed chill lounge, and an outdoor patio with fire pit and barbecues. The Sky Pavilion is also used for planned communal social events and activities.
Cost: Apartments rom around $2,400. www.avaloncommunities.com
Location: Downtown Crossing—580 Washington Street
What’s in the building? Owner's lounge with fireplace and couches; dining and wine tasting room with catering, which can be reserved for private dinners or parties for an additional fee. Lounge bar for residents and their guests. Screening room with a large screen HDTV. Children's play room. Bi-level patio garden. (Building to be completed in 2016.) Also, La Vie is Millennium’s in-house specially curated activities and events program for residents, which includes social evenings with guest speakers.
Cost Condos from around $750,000. www.mplaceboston.com
Location: Financial District—One Devonshire Street
What’s in the building? Laundry facilities on each floor. 24-hour doorman. Concierge service. Housekeeping and dry cleaning. The Devonshire’s Sky Club on the top two floors has a fitness center with yoga room, and a heated indoor pool. Personal trainers are available by appointment. The Sky Club Spa has a year-round sun deck, sauna, and offers massage and spa treatments, also by appointment. The Sky Club also houses the residents’ private clubroom, with pool table and large screen HDTV.
Cost Apartments from around $2,800.
Location: Chinatown—660 Washington Street
What’s in the building? 24-hour fitness center with heated indoor swimming pool, and massage room. Internet café. Private clubroom with games and large screen HDTV. 24-hour concierge and doorman. Valet dry cleaning service.
Cost Apartments from around $2,700. www.equityapartments.com