In the Summer of 2007, a hotbed of activity was happening surrounding the (Red Line) Broadway T-Stop in South Boston. The Macallen Building had recently opened with fanfare as Boston’s first green building adjacent to the existing Court Square Press loft development, work was underway on the Allele, and a boutique development on the corner of A Street and W 4th Street called the Lofts at 36 A promised to offer something unique to its residents. In late 2008, 36 A is approaching sold out status, and residents and potential Buyers are enjoying the building.
36 A goes beyond the no frills exterior and posh interior finishes, and someone who knows this well is Beth Dailey, who has served as the Sales Director for the Lofts at 36 A since preconstruction. Dailey is a prominent listing agent in South Boston, and speaks very knowledgeably about the 36 A property and the surrounding area.
One of the things about the Lofts at 36 A that residents are most excited about is the the low condo fees, which give you “everything you’d want in a building in the city without the expense of a concierge or gym passed on to unit owners,” says Dailey. “People are choosing to buy a second parking space [in the building] because the condo fees are so low – they are purchasing a second vehicle with the extra money they save in condo fees.”
Proximity to the Mass Pike and 93, as well as being just 280 steps to the T are amenities that don’t go unnoticed by residents. 36 A truly shines when you turn to the inside of the building and begin to look at some of the finishes with which the developer outfitted the boutique development. The developer was actually planning to move into the building with his wife, young daughter and pets, however, when his wife became pregnant with their second child, he needed a little more space. The fact that the developer was going to call the building home is a blessing in disguise to residents, as the building was constructed with personal care.
The building has been built with some of the latest advances in systems, and some of the sleekest finishes in Boston, for instance, the stained and scored concrete floors are by far the most unique and hip floors you will currently find in the city. The quality of the (high velocity) systems have helped condo Buyers save on heating and cooling bills says Dailey, as “many residents have not even turned on their heat yet this season, sound deadening insulation, and staggered stud 2 x 6 construction between units, and concrete between floors,” all assist in making the most efficient use out of the available square footage
The contemporary loft-style units at 36 A are all south facing, and offer curtain walls of glass. All condo fees in the building are below $280 per month, and Buyers seem to appreciate the straightforward pricing that is inclusive of at least one parking space in the two-level garage parking (street level and a below grade level accessed via a car lift). The building is built to be family and pet friendly, and has a bicycle and baby carriage area, and extra storage.
Given the economic downturn that Boston is faced with, 36 A positions itself from a unique value perspective as “a small boutique building with very low condo fees and taxes relative to the other buildings in the neighborhood. It’s brand new construction which limits the exposure to assessments and having to replace common area elements,” says Dailey. The ground floor commercial space is uniquely controlled, and deemed a low impact commercial space (i.e. no restaurant or food use), and is currently occupied by a residential real estate brokerage. The common space that does exist in the building is decorated in a contemporary and subtle way, especially the elevator lobby, which is adorned with a commissioned piece of artwork by a resident in the building.
There are currently 6 units for sale at 36 A, ranging in price from $519,000 to $659,000, which includes at least one heated garage parking space, as well as access to a common roofdeck with expansive city views.