1. Harborview at the Navy Yard
Address: 250 First Ave., Charlestown 617-242-1598,
Nearby landmark: Located right in the historic Charlestown Navy Shipyard, and near to Todd English’s first culinary outpost, Olives.
What you pay: Studios start at $2,000, one-bedrooms at $2,400, two-bedrooms at $3,000.
What you get: Secluded location fronted by a lovely patio and garden; floor-to-ceiling windows in most apartments; state-of-the-art kitchens, many with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking range, and Bosch dishwasher; marble baths and large glass showers; option of furnished or unfurnished apartments is available.
Insider info: “This property is a little different. There are 86 different floor plans, some with galley kitchens, some one-bedrooms with studies, lots of different options,” says leasing manager Matt Brockman. “The views of the water are pretty spectacular from most of the apartments. Even if yours doesn’t have a view, everyone has access to the community terrace overlooking the harbor.”
2. Park Lane Seaport
Address: One Park Lane, Boston, 617-542-3200
Nearby landmark: The tented outdoor summer concert venue, the Bank of America Pavilion, brings international artists to the Park Lane Seaport’s doorstep.
What you pay: Studios start at $1,600, one-bedrooms at $2,100, two-bedrooms at $2,700.
What you get: 24-hour concierge; fitness center with personal trainers available on request; floor-to-ceiling windows in most apartments; ecofriendly carpeting; room service provided by Aura Restaurant at the Seaport Hotel; rooftop terrace.
Insider info: Owners, the Fallon Company, declined to comment on what residents experience living at Park Lane Seaport. Why the mystery? Maybe it’s the free listen to the Pavilion concerts that residents get. Shhh, we won’t tell!
Address: 401 Mount Vernon St., Boston, 617-436-0005
Nearby landmark: UMASS/Boston and the JKF Library. The Harborwalk trail (www.bostonharborwalk.com) is adjacent to the property, perfect for biking into the city.
What you pay: Studios $1,400, one-bedrooms start at $1,520, two-bedrooms at $1,950, three-bedrooms at $2,400.
What you get: 24-hour fitness center with Nautilus weights and Precor cardio equipment; heated garage or gated lot parking; media center with Wi-Fi, heated pool, dry-cleaning services.
Insider info: “The location is great, and the rent is less than you pay in the city,” says Elizabeth Shifflett, leasing manager. “Plus, there are a lot of beaches here and the Harborwalk is beautiful.”