New York media machers think we’ve finally come to our senses. (Or is that census?)
A BOOM IN BEANTOWN
With poolside cocktails and rooftop mixers, developers aim to lure a younger crowd to a new wave of glassy condos.
A digital “Twitter wall” flashes trending neighborhood topics inside the lobby of a new high-rise in the theater district. A freshly built luxury building across town lures affluent young professionals with sunset yoga and hip-hop parties on the pool deck. Downtown, one of San Francisco’s best known restaurateurs, Michael Mina, will craft a new entree every month for residents of a sleek condo tower. And homeowners at a glass skyscraper set to open in 2018 will be able to sip cocktails in private “sky cabanas” overlooking a rooftop pool. They may need to look out the cabanas’ glass walls to remember what city they’re in—Boston.
Aye, there’s the Hub rub:
Boston—a city with a Puritan back story and an ingrained suspicion of glitz, where a well-preserved Back Bay townhouse has long been the gold standard of top-tier real estate—is embracing the designer high rise. Shiny residential towers are sprouting up across Beantown’s once drab and neglected precincts, emblems of Boston’s boom and its growth as a bigger, more international city.
Call the roll of the shiny new objects, compliments of this helpful WSJ graphic.
Our personal favorite is Waterside Place, where “residents can grow vegetables in a garden on the third floor sun deck, which also has a bocce court and a summer kitchen. A pop-up grocery stand sells produce in the lobby every Wednesday.”
Pop-up Wednesday! Does life get any better than that?
You have to read the whole piece to appreciate how Boston real estate has, well, appreciated. (Fun fact to know and tell: “The starting sales price for high-rise condominiums in the top tier of Boston’s luxury real estate market is now $2.3 million—a 74% increase over 2012 prices.”)
Regardless, we’re totally reassessing our grocery-stand produce situation.