As much as Ava Theater District, which is now in its initial opening phase on Stuart Street, is situated in the thick of things downtown, it’s also designed to have its own internal community life. A private one, which only residents or their guests might experience.
“It’s what we call activating social,” says Michael Roberts, senior vice president of development at developers AvalonBay Communities. “That means it is open plan with gathering spaces for people to get together outside their apartments.”
The four-story Ava Theater District has 398 apartments and, sitting right next to one of Boston oldest establishments, Jacob Wirth, its modernism stands in stark contrast. Still, with Boston’s downtown now a mostly pleasing mix of old and new, it doesn’t look out of place. Already, some tenants have moved in, and that’s before the rooftop Sky Pavilion is even finished.
“The Sky Pavilion will be the resident’s lounge,” Roberts says. “It will be an indoor-outdoor space with a patio with great views looking over the city and right over to the Blue Hills.”
Ava is national developer AvalonBay’s new, more youthful brand, which is specifically designed with a funky edge. “Ava is geared to millennials,” says Roberts. “Our core customer is the twenty to thirty-somethings who want to live in the city and be near everything.”
This location delivers. Ava Theater District is minutes from Boston’s major theaters and many entertainment venues. It’s also a short walk to the Public Gardens and the Common; it’s on the edge of Chinatown and Downtown Crossing; and it offers a pleasant walk to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the waterfront.
But for all that, Roberts says his favorite thing about the building is the entrance lobby. “I just love it,” he says. “We built an interior forecourt with a water feature, which gives a real special front door experience. We had a unique opportunity to create something special with the space and we did just that.”
Living in the heart of town doesn’t come cheap. Pricing at Ava Theater District is based on floor location and views: the higher up and better the view, the more expensive the rent, of course. Studios range from 474 to 666 square feet and have a monthly rent of $2574 to $3905; one-bedroom apartments range from 557 to 922 square feet and go from $2874 to $5250; and two-bedroom apartments are from 798 to 1,400 square feet and are priced from $3780 to $9000.