Every corner of Boston has seen a swanky development pop up in recent years, but the one that just may top the list in amenities, style and price tag is the Clarendon Back Bay.
At 400 Stuart St., the high-rise building designed by Robert A. M. Stern is steps away from the city’s most desirable spots: restaurants in the South End, shops on Newbury Street and the theater district.
The 103 condos, which begin on the 15th floor of the skyscraper, have picturesque views and range in price from under $1 million to $6 million.
“It’s situated well within the Back Bay because it has a flair that matches the Hancock [tower]. It feels like a traditional Back Bay building, and a new building at the same time,” says Kim Sherman Stamler, vice president at Related Cos., which along with the Beal Cos., developed the Clarendon.
Amenities abound at the Clarendon: It’s home to the posh restaurant, Post 390, residents have access to an Equinox, a 24-hour concierge service, valet parking, a lobby with an impressive art collection and a children’s room equipped with computer games. But what really sets it apart from most luxury buildings is its culture lounge — a library created by French publisher Assouline.
“One of the advantages that the Clarendon has over other Boston luxury condo developments is based on the old real estate axiom: location, location, location,” says John Ford, a broker and owner of Ford Realty in Beacon Hill. “In this competitive condo market it also needs to include aesthetic factors, such as curb appeal and a sense of safety. All of the developments may have one or two of these qualities, but the Clarendon embodies all three prerequisites more so than any other development.”