Ink Block Brightens Harrison Avenue in South End

Harrison Avenue in Boston is getting a new look.  The SoWa area of the South End is buzzing in anticipation of the Ink Block luxury condominiums located at 32 Travelers Street.  Where’s the “ink” in Ink Block come from?  The Ink Block will replace the well-known Boston Herald building hence the name.

The Ink Block is built upon approximately 6 acres and will be a mixed use space consisting of Ink 1, Ink 2, Ink 3 and Sepia condominiums.  Ink 1, 2, and 3 will be rental units and Sepia will be an 83 unit condominium complex.

The Ink Block will be sure to impress, currently available are studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom luxury condominiums.  Many of the units include balconies or terraces. The units will range from $459,000 to over $2 million.  Ink Block Sepia residences will have access to a common rooftop deck as well as the rooftop pool located on Ink 2.

South End Ink Block Condos

Boston SoWa Ink Block Condo Amenities

The City of Boston is improving the area around the 8-story building including wider sidewalks, bike lanes, improved lighting, retail shopping and restaurants.   The Ink Block will include a flagship Whole Foods market overlooking Harrison Avenue in which residents of Ink Block Sepia will have their own entrance into the market.  Living at the Ink Block will put you a short walking distance away from downtown, and moments from some of Boston’s finest restaurants, along with easy access to Interstate 93.

Close proximity to chic restaurants, grocery stores, and access to downtown Boston are important, but building amenities are a draw too.  Ink Block will not disappoint buyers offering floor to ceiling windows and floor lay-outs that maximize living space.  Units will be outfitted with Jenn-air and Bosch appliances with the option to upgrade to DeWolfe.     Amenities include 24/7-concierge service, enclosed underground parking, fitness center, electric car charging stations and a dog washing station to name a few.

This exciting luxury condominium development has currently sold 30% of its units and it is expected to be complete and ready for occupancy in fall 2015.   Now, is a good time to pick your unit in the building it is likely the 3 bedroom units will be sold out soon, inventory on this floor plan is limited.

Boston Ink Block Condos - Sepia

Penmark Boston Condos

2008 has been a good year for the Penmark Boston, with roughly 15 of the 60-unit South End development going Under Agreement or being sold. After what some would say a slow start to sales, occupancy levels have been climbing steadily. The development recently moved their model unit to another unit in the building because their previous model was one of those 15 that sold.

Currently, the Boston MLS lists 10 available units at the Penmark, ranging in size from 929 square feet up to 1,497, and in price from $557,500 to $852,500. The average price per square foot for available units is currently $612, which is quite consistent with the overall South End, and reasonable given the finishes and amenities of this new development – for comparison, see South End Average Price Per Square Foot. The SoWa (South of Washington Street) location puts you in proximity to a solid mix of amenities, but quite far south in the South End.

Open Houses are being held at the development each Sunday from noon until 3pm. After stopping in, contact us with questions, analysis of comparable properties on the market, and the benefits of leveraging a Buyer’s Agent.

Penmark South End Condo Update

We received a request to provide an update on the Penmark South End condo development in Boston’s South End. Located on Father Gilday Street, parallel and south of Washington Street, the Penmark is a 60-unit well appointed development that has been laboring to close out the final developer units from the 2005 redevelopment of the building. We blogged about what were the 11 units for sale back in mid November (see Penmark South End Condo Prices), and now there are 7 remaining units on the Boston MLS.

Various floor plans are still available in the $566 to $740 per square foot (+/-) range. Available units are listed from $565,000 to $1,055,000, and do include garage parking.

For more details on available units: Penmark South End Condo Listings (2.7 MB PDF)

The 1850 Lofts Host Open House

On March 1st and 2nd from 11AM to 3PM, the 1850 is holding its first sneak preview opening to the public. 2 model units have been furnished with bedroom and living spaces and are handsomely decorated by Terrat Elms, one of the South End’s award winning design firms. Take a stroll over, or park in the lot behind The 1850. A hostess will meet you in the lobby and take you up to the new sales office for a tour.

Typically our Featured Open House listing runs on Sunday mornings, but with the 1850 doing a two day gala, we’re running our listing early this week. Let the hostess know that you heard about the open house on the Boston Real Estate Observer when stopping in. The 1850 Lofts – for more information, including a map to get you there.

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The 1850 New South End Condo Development

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It’s a piano factory, it’s a general warehouse, it’s a bolt and screw company’s headquarters…wait, no, it’s The 1850, the South End’s newest SoWa condo development! The five-story building bordering Wareham , Albany, and Malden Streets on the southern tip of Boston’s South End will soon be home to 60 unique condos, many with a loft-style feel, including exposed brick and beams, as well as concrete floors.


It was approximately two weeks ago that VIP tours began at the 1850 building, and of the 60 units available, upwards of 13 units are already under reservation, beating out the fast start that the 285 Columbus Lofts enjoyed several months ago (see 285 Columbus Lofts Buck Downtown Boston Trend).

There are 53 market-rate condominiums available at the 1850, along with 7 affordable units. Market rate condos start at $326K for 722 square feet, and move upwards to $575K for 1,148 square feet. The new loft-style development offers a host of different floor plans and options in the $300’s, along with some very unique spaces. The majority of the units are loft-style single rooms, but many units are accompanied by floorplans, and are configured correctly for, the buildout of bedroom walls.


Where do they get the name ‘The 1850’? 1850 is the year that the South Bay tidal flats began being filled in, thus creating the land where the condo development sits. The development formerly had the name ‘SoHa Lofts’, but the new name, The 1850, holds a nice hint of seductive meaning.

Parking spaces in an adjacent lot number in the high 30’s, and are available for purchase separately (they run around $35K each +/-). HOA fees will be approximately 47 cents per square foot, and parking will be $30 per month should you have a spot. Kitchens are electric, include granite counters, and stainless appliances (including a Fisher Paykel refrigerator). The building is served by one elevator, and two staircases, and is wired for Comcast cable and Internet. Fifth floor (penthouse) residents will have roof rights, but would have to pursue access and buildout of a deck (and all necessary permitting) on their own (i.e. there is no current roof access for residents, but owners will have roof rights).

For a limited time, before the first official open house (which is approaching quickly) at the 1850, there will be a $3K Wells Fargo financing incentive available to Buyers should they finance through Wells Fargo. Occupancy is tentatively scheduled for early summer.

This is a unique 1887 building, with a lot of character, and a really cool story behind it. It’s in the southern most part of the South End, but a very quick walk away from Harrison, Washington, and Tremont. Closet space is somewhat limited in various units, but this is easily remedied, especially if you plan on building out bedroom walls. They did an excellent job of sound proofing the exterior of the building, and some of the views are very nice. For more information, feel free to contact us.






Penmark South End Condo Prices

If you are looking for upscale living deep in the South End, you do have options. One of those options is the newly opened Penmark Condos at 21 Father Gilday Street, just south of Washington Street (SoWa). The Penmark is a 60-unit development with a boutique feel, high-end finishes, and underground garage parking.

Of the 60 units, the Boston MLS shows 11 for sale, offering various floor plans in the $600 per square foot (+/-) range. Available units are listed at $575,000 to $1,055,000, and offer 908 to 1,726 square feet with one to two deeded garage parking spaces included based on unit.

For more details on available units: Penmark South End Condo Prices (PDF)

Penmark South End Condos

Penmark South End Condos

SoWa Boston Condos

So you’ve been considering a condo in the one of the areas of town known for its gentrification, SoWa, which stands for South of Washington Street in Boston’s South End.

Currently, there are a large handful of choices available in the SoWa district:

  1. Worcester Square
  2. Penmark Condos
  3. ArtBlock Harrison
  4. 700 Harrison
  5. SoHa Loft (renamed to the 1850)
  6. Laconia Lofts
  7. Gateway Terrace

And we thought we needed to include two additional condo developments that are on Washington Avenue, but technically, lie on the north side of the street.

  1. Wilkes Passage
  2. Penny Savings Bank

Except for 700 Harrison and SoHa Lofts, units are available in the remaining condo developments are ready for occupancy. For more information on these SoWa Condo Developments, please contact us.

Boston Penmark Condos

Recently, the South of Washington (SOWA) area of the South End has seen two new condo developments hit the market, ArtBlock Harrison, and the Boston Penmark Condos. Both are pushing the edge in an area of town that needs revitalization.

The Penmark Condos offer one and two bedroom floor plans, with high-end finishes, as well as a garage parking space with each unit. Most of the windows in the building are towering, and provide good views of the city.

Visit Boston Condo Guy to see more pictures of the Boston Penmark Condos, as well as many other new developments across the city – you can search using unique Google Maps technology too!  For an up to date listing of available condos for sale at the Penmark, and/or to setup a private showing, please contact us using the link at the top of this page.