W Boston Goes from Big Hole to Shiny Facade

It was just over a year and a half ago that 100 Stuart Street was a large hole, the soon to be site of the Boston W Hotel & Condos (see Boston W Hotel & Condos Construction Photos).  Previously an open-air single-level parking lot that served Boston’s Theatre District, the site had been slated for the development of a hotel and luxury condos for years – the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) originally approved the proposed hotel in June of 2001, then known as the Loews Hotel Project.

Boston W Hotel Construction Site - January 2008

It was less than a year later on October 24, 2008 that the W Boston put the final piece of steel in place and the development “topped off”.  The development is now quickly approaching the October 2009 launch of the hotel, and Buyers are anticipating the opening of condos late this year and early 2010 in the multiple-phased rollout of luxury condos.  The Boston W is a $200 million mixed-use project, which includes a 235-room hotel, 123 residential condos, retail, restaurant and spa use, and 142 underground parking spaces.  Condos at the W are currently price from $430,000 – $4,550,000.

Boston W Hotel Construction Site - July 2009

W Hotel Boston to Create 200 Jobs

Earlier this week, in an effort to get ready for the currently planned late October opening of the W Hotel Boston, the Starwood brand hotel held a job fair, or as they call it, talent auditions.

The hotel portion of the 235 hotel room and 123 luxury condo development at the corner of Tremont and Stuart Streets is poised to open in several months, creating approximately 200 new jobs for the Theatre District of Boston.

Approximately 6,000 people have already applied for jobs at the hotel.  For more information on employment opportunities at the Boston W Hotel, visit the talent center at 660 Washington Street to apply for a position, or their career website.

Boston W Hotel & Condos Readying

The pedigree of Boston’s luxury condo-hotels began in the 1980s, with the launch of condos linked to the Ritz (now the Taj), Four Seasons, and Boston Harbor Hotel’s Residences at Rowes Wharf.

The Boston W Hotel & Condos was the last major condo construction project in Boston to be fully financed before the global economic downturn hit, and when it launches at the end of this year, it will be the final large-scale condo development that hits the market for the next 2-4 years,  With the mystique of the global W brand, it is one of the most highly anticipated projects the city has seen.

Some quick facts about the Boston W Hotel & Condo development being built at 100 Stuart Street in Boston’s Theatre District include:

  • The Hotel (on the lower floors of the building) is scheduled to open in the September / October 2009 timeframe.
  • Buyers will begin to move into the Boston W condos in approximately 5-6 months.
  • Condo openings will take place in two phases, with lower floors opening first, spread out over the December 2009 / January 2010 timeframe.
  • Percentage of units Under Agreement (including penthouses) is relatively strong, especially in light of the building being marketed for just six months.
  • Current preconstruction prices range approximately from $430,000 for a studio to $4,550,000 for one of the largest penthouses, with price per square foot ranging from $700 to $1,400 depending on floor level, unit type, and location within the building’s footprint.
  • Studio units and smaller one-bedrooms are not accompanied by a deeded parking space in the onsite underground garage.

Condos at the W will begin on the 16th floor, and top out at the 28th floor penthouse. The approximate 235 hotel rooms will be on lower floors, which garners condo residents preferential city views. Floors 16 through 27 will house 9 to 10 condos per floor, including an occasional 520 square foot studio unit, while the penthouse level will be home to 5 generously sized condos.

Interior condo buildout is presently underway, and customizations, including the combining of units, is being entertained – something that would be much more difficult (and costly) as the building is completed.

Boston W Hotel

Boston W Hotel & Condos Construction Site

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W Boston Residences Update

With construction of the Boston W Hotel & Condos moving quickly (see exclusive video below), the developer’s sales center has recently opened its doors, and is now ramping up its staff to accommodate interested Buyers – please contact us to setup an appointment.

On Tuesday, October 14, 2008, with the final piece of steel being put in place, the “topping off” ceremony marked the end of steel construction on the Boston Hotel and Residences – work with now continue on the facade and interior.

Unlike some of the other high-end developments in the city, the developer of the W Boston Residences has decided to immediately release all units in the building for sale under preconstruction pricing (most oftentimes, you will see a phased release of units into the market). Bear in mind that (preconstruction) prices will tend to fluctuate as residences are sold, and rather than releasing a price list to the public, unit prices are provided as interest in specific residences is shown through sales center appointments. For planning purposes, you can assume that overall price points will be similar to new full-service luxury buildings such as the Intercontinental ($900+ per square foot) and the Clarendon Back Bay ($1,100+ per square foot).

Construction is still on track for a Fall 2009 completion. Condos at the W will begin on the 16th floor, and top out at the 28th floor penthouse. The approximate 235 hotel rooms will be on lower floors, garnering condo residents preferential city views. Floors 16 through 27 will house 9 to 10 units per floor, including an occasional 500+ square foot studio unit, while the penthouse level will be home to 5 generously sized condos, 3 of which will offer commanding views.

Exclusive W Boston Residences Update

Inquiries and interest continue to grow for the Boston W Hotel and Condos, an under construction mixed-use condo development scheduled to open in late 2009. By clicking on the ‘Boston W Hotel Condos’ tag above, you will gain access to all blog posts on the W Boston Condos – we’ve assembled some of the most exclusive photos of the condo development thus far, from panoramic views of the early construction site, to bird’s eye shots that provide unique views not seen anywhere else.

The Boston W development team is currently in the process of finalizing condominium documents, construction of a sales center that will house a model kitchen and bathroom, and preconstruction pricing for the studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residences. Get more exclusive information and photos by clicking on the below hyperlink.

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Boston W Hotel and Condos

Summer 2008 is putting us in the midst of multiple large-scale condo construction projects, including the Clarendon Back Bay, Avenir (rental), and the Boston W Hotel and Condos. The Boston W has risen out of a large hole in the ground in Boston’s Theatre District (see Boston W Hotel & Condos Construction Photos), and has now climbed almost eight stories tall.

W Hotel Boston Construction

You can see by the exclusive photos here that the W Hotel Boston will offer some bold and sharp building lines. The luxury condo-hotel building, poised to bring the Theatre District upwards of 120+ condos, is currently scheduled for an August 2009 opening. Until now, One Charles has had the luxury condo market cornered in this neck of the woods. The Boston W Hotel (and condos) should be a great addition to the city.

W Hotel Boston Construction

W Hotel Boston Construction

Boston W Hotel & Condos Construction Photos

The Rock Opera plays on in the background as the to-be sleek Boston W Hotel & Condos continue to dig deeper into Stuart Street. One of the most popular items on this blog is information related to the Boston W Hotel, there’s absolutely an undertone of buzz and anticipation related to the project.

We were the first to bring you exclusive construction photos, including some unique rooftop shots of the entire construction site (see Boston W Hotel and Condos). Construction has progressed, but unlike the Bryant on Columbus which is now moving up (see Bryant on Columbus Turns the Heat On), the Boston W is still going subterranean – check out the exclusive photos below.

Boston W Hotel & Condos

The Boston W is currently scheduled for a late 2009 opening. Officials connected with the project are declining to comment on specifics at this time, so no floor plan and/or pricing information is available. We have begun to formulate a list of interested Buyers, and if you would like to be added so that you will receive updated information as it becomes available, feel free to contact us using the link at the top of this page.

Boston W Hotel & Condos

Boston W Hotel and Condos

For more recent articles on the Boston W Hotel & Condos, click on the Boston W Hotel Condos tag above.  Additionally, now that the sales center is open, contact us for more information about setting up an appointment.

Just when you thought (or rather, you are being fed the message by the popular press) that the housing market is in a downturn, Boston goes and breaks ground on a $200 million development that will change the skyline of the Theater District, and inject true upscale class and style in living accommodations for visitors and residents of Boston.

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