Moderately Priced South End Condo

The northern part of the South End offers quiet tree-lined streets in close proximity to the Back Bay, restaurants deeper in the South End, and the remainder of the city by either foot or T.  406 Columbus Avenue Unit 2 is a condo that recently hit the market that offers a very well laid out floor plan, making it feel like you have much more than the listed 540 square feet.

A spacious living area with exposed painted brick, as well as a deck overlooking the very private Carlton park are several of the highlights of this unit currently listed at $399,000 with a $102 monthly HOA fee that includes water, sewer, and master insurance. This unit is conveniently located 3 blocks from the Orange Line Back Bay T Stop.

A first open house is scheduled for Sunday, September 14, 2008 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM.  For more information on this condo, or others similarly priced in the South End, please contact us using the link at the top of this page (406 Columbus Avenue Boston, MA 02116).

406 Columbus Avenue Condos

406 Columbus Avenue Deck

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Facade Visible at Bryant on Columbus

Columbus Avenue, slicing the Back Bay and the South End, is home to multiple condo developments, both new and old.  285 Columbus Lofts recently completed construction and is approximately 90% sold.  While just a stone’s throw from that site at the corner of Clarendon and Columbus is the Bryant.

We’ve been tracking the Bryant since before it broke ground, and provide the only exclusive time-series photo set of the development through construction (see Bryant on Columbus).  Recently, the Bryant began revealing its face to the outside world.  Moving away the construction tarps, Bostonians are getting their first look at the facade of the Bryant on Columbus, and it appears as though it will do a good job of blending a clean, and perhaps stately, polished looking finish with the older neighboring buildings.

Bryant on Columbus Facade

While nearby residents to the Bryant have not enjoyed the constant construction noise, they will be happy to know that their property values will go up as a result of having a boutique luxury building nearby, beautifying the area along Columbus, and injecting more demand into local businesses.

The Bryant on Columbus currently lists 11 units, only part of their existing inventory, available in the MLS, providing a good feel for what is available in the building – mainly three-bedroom units, as well as an unprecedented four-bedroom unit, all ranging in size and price from approximately 1,900 to 2,800 square feet and $1,550,000 to $2,950,000 (penthouse).  The Bryant will be a unique addition to the area, for more information and/or to setup a tour of the sales center, please contact us.

Bryant on Columbus

285 Columbus Lofts Roofdeck

So how’s the view from the common roofdeck at 285 Columbus Lofts? Stunning. But perhaps more exciting is what’s been happening inside at what is one of downtown Boston’s hottest new high-end properties. Pat Cutter and Elaine Dolley (the real estate salespersons representing the seller) have blazed a trail, selling 49 of 63 units in the loft-style development, positioning themselves to take a real run at selling out the entire building in less than one year (a rather unheard of feat for a building of its size and price point in the Boston market). The majority of the units that have sold at 285 Columbus Lofts sold in preconstruction, before doors ever opened to residents in May 2008.

View from 285 Columbus Lofts Roofdeck

Back to the roofdeck…the deck is situated in what seems to be an ideal spot, with the Hancock building towering behind you, the Financial District skyline to your left, and the South End front and center. Click on either of the two exclusive pictures to enlarge them. In terms of remaining units at the loft-style development, one-bedroom units are priced in the mid $500K to mid $600K range, while the least expensive two-bedrooms that remain are priced starting at $975K (on the Columbus Avenue side). For more information, feel free to contact us using the link at the top of this page.

View from 285 Columbus Lofts Roofdeck

285 Columbus Lofts Open for Business

We had the opportunity stop into the 285 Columbus Lofts development this week. Closings began last week at the development after receiving its certificate of occupancy (ahead of the originally proposed June 2008 opening, which puts them well ahead of the Mandarin, FP3, and the Bryant), and some residents have already moved in and have begun customizing their units. We have to say, 285 Columbus Lofts is slick, the finishes are excellent, and it just feels “plush” and has an aura of calm luxury.

Upon entering the development from the Columbus Avenue main entrance, you’re greeted by the 285 Columbus Lofts Concierge who is on duty Monday – Friday 8 am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5pm. With only 19 units remaining, nearly 70% of the building is sold – phenomenal pace and numbers that are setting the new baseline for success in the luxury market.

An exclusive video below of the 285 Columbus Lofts lobby and concierge:

If there are any drawbacks to this development, the list is short, namely, lack of views in some units on the north side of the building and no direct access parking. Unit floor plans 01, 02, and 03, which overlook the Back Bay Orange Line T Stop, do not offer great views – you really need to get on floor 7 and 8 (penthouse) before you get above the adjacent parking garage (see exclusive photos below). Parking is, unfortunately, not direct access – garage parking is a 25 year deeded lease at $320 per month (which is on top of monthly HOA fees at approximately 60 cents per square foot).

Interested Buyers can contact us to learn more about available units – the development is move in ready.

The below exclusive photos provide views from floors 2, 4, and 8 respectively of the north facing views overlooking the Back Bay transit station. 285 Columbus has done a superior job of insulating both interior noise, as well as exterior noise.

285 Columbus Lofts - 2nd Floor

285 Columbus Lofts - 4th Floor

285 Columbus Lofts - 8th Floor

Condo Sales Strong at 285 Columbus Lofts

Sales continue to be strong as closings begin at the Back Bay’s (on the border of the South End) newest luxury condo development, 285 Columbus Lofts. Many higher floor units still remain for sale, as well as some of the lower priced one-bedrooms (starting at $525K), but the building is now over 60% sold – a very strong showing in comparison to other developments around the city when comparing sales cycles.

285 Columbus Lofts is being developed by the same team that brought you 360 Newbury, another boutique luxury development in an iconic building. You’ll notice similarities in entrances to the buildings of all things with the exclusive photos below. For more information on 285 Columbus Lofts, or any other luxury Boston condo development, please contact us using the link at the top of this page.

285 Columbus Lofts Entrance


Bryant on Columbus From Near and Far

If you’ve been along the border of the Back Bay and the South End over the past several months, you have more than likely seen the significant progress that has been made on the buildout of the Bryant on Columbus, a 50-unit luxury boutique condo development, that by the looks of it, will finish late this year if it continues at the same pace it’s on now. For a time series photo set, visit our Bryant on Columbus page.

The latest up close construction shot of the development is below. As well, we have an exclusive photo of the Bryant’s construction progress taken from the rooftop of the D4 condos several blocks away (you can see the crane rising above the completed floors at the Bryant, just in front of the 131 Dartmouth building – D4 opened to residents last year, and they are down to only 3 available units in the 25-unit boutique Philippe Starck condo redevelopment of the 1932 D4 Police Station.



Rare Boston Albert A. Pope Building Condos Available

One of the most sought after buildings in the northern part of the South End is the Albert A. Pope Building, a 25-unit boutique luxury development with the high-end Mistral Bistro on its ground floor – some refer to this development as the Mistral Condos.

Albert A. Pope Building

As of this week, there are now two units available in the building, including one corner unit with multiple exposures. Unit 603 is a 1,508 square foot two-bedroom two-bathroom listed at $1,049,000 ($695 per square foot), while the multiple exposure unit 404, is a 1,873 square foot two-bedroom two-bathroom listed at $1,350,000 ($720 per square foot). Both units include one deeded garage parking space.

Albert A. Pope Building Unit 404

Albert A. Pope Building Unit 404

Readers recently inquired whether the Clarendon Back Bay would eventually block the view of the Hancock Tower from the Pope building, and by the looks of the below picture of the Clarendon job site taking from the Pope Building, the answer to that question is, yes – eye level views will be blocked, but you will obviously still see the Hancock Tower in the background above the 33 story Clarendon.

View from Pope Building towards Hancock Tower

Bryant on Columbus Now a High Flyer

If you have walked by the Bryant on Columbus lately, the progress is rather staggering. It seems like each week a new floor is added to the development, and this past week was no different with the development finally climbing over top of its adjacent neighbors along Columbus Avenue in between Dartmouth and Clarendon Streets.

The Bryant will offer unique four-bedroom ultra luxury living accommodations along the border of the Back Bay and the South End. Self park garage (thank you, it’s nice to see this in the luxury market to help keep HOA fees lower) and direct elevator access will make this a convenient and elegant place to call home in the heart of the city.

Exclusive to us here at the Boston Condo Blog is a time series set of Bryant construction photos on our Bryant on Columbus Featured Development page.

Bryant on Columbus Hovers Over Neighbors

285 Columbus Lofts Builds Second Model

Where the Back Bay meets the South End, 285 Columbus Lofts is steaming towards a June 2008 completion. Over 35% of the development is sold, and the popularity and attention this development garners is well deserved, the redevelopment has been done right. From the triple pane windows and over the top interior insulation blocking out nearly all noise exterior to your unit (for instance, between floors, there is 2 feet of open air, 3 feet of cement, as well as padding), to the gorgeous finishes, 285 Columbus Lofts offers a high-end boutique development with a great location.

In addition to the signature multiple exposure corner unit (unit floor plan 5) that was built out early in the development process as a model unit, 285 Columbus Lofts has recently added a second model unit, a two-bedroom two-bathroom unit (unit floor plan 8). Both model units are located on the second floor, and provide a great feel for how your unit will look upon move in. Tall ceilings (9’6″) and large windows make these units flow well.  HOA fees are estimated to be approximately 60 cents per square foot, and are based off of numbers seen by the developer at another one of their developments, 360 Newbury.

For more information on these Boston lofts, please contact us.

285 Columbus Lofts

New Bryant on Columbus Condo Pictures

The Bryant on Columbus, locate don the north side of Columbus Avenue between Dartmouth and Clarendon, continues to scream through construction of floors. They’re now on floor 6, and appear to be adding a new level each week. We’ve updated the exclusive time series photos of development at our Bryant on Columbus featured development page.

Despite the expeditious pace at which floors are being added, it’s unclear at this point whether the currently anticipated August 2008 opening will be met. Regardless, the Bryant on Columbus will be an excellent addition to the neighborhood, with some of the only three-bedroom floor-through elevator served units in the area. Below are some additional shots from the construction site.