Massive real estate developments are like college students in Boston: They’re popping up on every corner. Here are three residential and commercial properties that are making headlines in 2017.
Just steps from the TD Garden, Lovejoy Wharf is a 15-story residential building tucked next to the Charlestown Bridge. Sales begin this April, and the condominium building will welcome tenants in June. Luxe amenities include everything from a landscaped roof terrace overlooking the ocean to a spacious wharfside health club, fitness studio and resident lounge with an adjoining billiards room, business center and children’s area. While Lovejoy Wharf generated plenty of news in recent months with the announcement that there will be no parking, residents aren’t entirely out in the cold. Lovejoy Wharf feeds into the whole transit-oriented, futuristic city that minimizes car traffic and has North Station just a few steps away. The 157 units, which range from studios to three bedrooms, start at $750,000.
In recent years, the Fenway neighborhood has become a sea of residential towers. The Trilogy Apartments, Van Ness and Fenway Triangle are just a few of the luxury residences, and Pierce Boston is set to be one of the most prominent. Located right where Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street meet, the 30-level residential tower is hard to miss, thanks to its shimmering glass exterior. With 240 rental units and 109 condominiums, the building consists of junior one- to two-bedrooms that start at around $1 million. Oh, and their website describes itself as “daringly Boston,” whatever that means. Luxe amenities designed by CBT Architects include everything from a dog spa and a yoga studio to a rooftop pool with sky cabanas. Occupancy is slated for 2018.
Charter Realty’s Cross Street and Hanover Street development
It’s a battle between the old and the new in the North End, where it seems like most of the longtime Italian residents have been replaced by party-hungry college students. The Charter Realty development is commercial, not residential, but it’s safe to say the 5,500-square-foot development, which starts construction this spring, will have plenty of influence on the neighborhood. Not only will it take over the entire block between Salem and Hanover streets that overlooks the Greenway, but it serves as the entrance point to what traditionally was the old world aesthetic of the North End. While it has ruffled the feathers of some locals, the developers say they’re working to ensure the spaces blend into the neighborhood with brick, wood and metal typically seen on North End buildings. So far there’s no word on what will go in the three commercial spaces, but it’s safe to say locals are pushing to keep chain stores out. Remember what happened when Pinkberry infiltrated the neighborhood?