Doing some spring cleaning? Ready to make the move to your dream apartment high in the sky? Go no further than Boston’s Back Bay…Read all about it in my research into three Boston newbies on the block and decide which one suits your fancy!
Panoramic views, state-of-the-art gyms, five-star concierge services— what’s not to love? Three luxury residence buildings offer Bostonians a spanking-new brand of lush living that comes with loaned-out scooters, dog spas, Meile-applianced kitchens, and on and on… and on.
You may rent for life after experiencing 30 Dalton’s commitment to day-to-day poshness, starting with its location: “The nexus of the South End, Back Bay, and Fenway,” says General Manager Alissa Kekeisen.
The Stats: Two hundred and eighteen luxury rental units (including two duplex penthouse suites aptly named The Charles and The Fenway), 26 floors, three elevators.
The Design: Interiors decorated by Cambridge Seven Associates, with KitchenAid appliances in standard units and Miele in the two penthouses. Exterior designed by Pei Cobb Freed, the same architect behind the Four Seasons next door, which is slated to open in 18 months.
The Perks: A dog spa, monthly “yappy hour” dog parties, “loanables” (picnic baskets, scooters, phone chargers, etc.), a community library, business center, 24-hour gym, and building-appointed personal trainer.
The Icing: The Skyline Suite, a 26th-floor amenity space with sweeping views of Boston, triple-high ceilings, a billiards table, bar, and an outdoor terrace—with heaters and blankets with which to enjoy those chilly winter nights. 30 Dalton St., 877-431-1073
The crown jewel of Downtown Crossing, Millennium Tower stands 60 stories high in the historic former Filenes department store space. “The building is run like a five-star hotel” says Nicole Yonke of Millennium Partners.
The Stats: Four hundred and forty-two condominiums, two lobbies, six elevators, 60 stories.
The Design: Interiors and exteriors by Blake Middleton of Handel Architects. Kitchens are outfitted with Poggenpohl appliances, penthouse kitchens with Christopher Peacock.
The Perks: Twenty-three thousand square feet of amenity space, including a salon, spa, and cutting-edge gym featuring a 75-foot lap pool, FLX fitness programs, and group classes.
The Icing: Immersive social calendar with the La Vie Program; Boston experiences centered around food, travel, and art, including family friendly activities; and “Mina at the Tower,” a rooftop lounge space offering private dining from downstairs restaurant Pabu. custom-curated1 Franklin St., 617-542-1555
Start the queue! The Pierce is accepting applications for its 2018 unveiling. Connecting the Longwood medical area, Fenway, and Back Bay, the development will cater to “the luxury resident looking for something edgier,” says Leslie Cohen, principal and COO of broker Samuels & Associates.
The Stats: One hundred and nine condos and 240 luxury rentals, four elevators, 30 stories.
The Design: Interiors by CBT Architects, with Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances in the condos and GE Profile in the apartments. Exterior by Arquitectonica.
The Perks: Street-level retail, a rooftop pool with cabanas (for condo owners), and a gym and yoga studio.
The Icing: Enjoy wine tastings, chef demos, and other amenities courtesy of the Pierce Platinum Concierge Service, who plan and program unique lifestyle events fo residents. 188 Brookline Ave., 617-670-1880
This article appeared originally in print in the winter 2016 issue of Boston Common Magazine. Click here to see the original.