Architectural robotics are being tested at new residential developments in the Seaport, hoping to maximize the always decreasing square footage.
At the Watermark Seaport a 481-square-foot studio is testing out this new technology that makes small spaces like these feel bigger and more practical, according to Boston.com.
The luxury unit features a kitchen space along one wall, a bed area, living room space, floor to ceiling windows and high-end finishes.
The unique aspect is actually hidden within what appears to be a wall separating he bedroom and living room space.
On the side of the wall is a control panel, allowing the wall to be moved to the left or right, making either the bedroom space or living room space bigger.
Built into the movable wall are cabinets, closets, a pull out desk and even a space for the bed to slide in. These additions allow you to quickly tuck the bed away and transform the space into an office, or larger living space.
Called architectural robotics, this technology quickly and easily makes the most use of your space depending on your individual needs at any time and is conveniently controlled from your phone or the button.
Not only does it divide the space, but it unlocks potential for smaller spaces, especially since these size spaces are becoming increasingly popular on the market.
These technologies are currently still being tested at the Watermark and other cities around the country, but the developers at Ori Systems are hoping to get into real homes in 2017.
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Four of these six projects are residential and will bring new housing units to many areas around Boston.
One of the largest scale projects to gain approval is the second phase of Waterside Place in Seaport.
This development on the South Boston Waterfront has been a work in progress since 2007 and although it has been altered many times it will finally be adding on to the current development that opened there in 2014.
The next phase will include 307 rental apartments across a 23 story building adjacent to the current development.
Apartments will range from studio to three bedrooms, with 62 ‘innovation units.’ These units will be smaller than the rest, but benefits from the building’s communal amenities.
Along with the residential development will be 3,500 square feet of retail space.
As a part of the Massport property, Waterside Place benefits from great connections to public transportation with MBTA’s World Trade Center Silver Line stop right next door. South Station is also very close by.
Construction is scheduled to begin at the beginning of 2017 and be complete by early 2019.
Luxury amenities in apartment and condo buildings are going far beyond the average gym or pool in order to compete with a large number of new developments and to attract interested residents.
Developers of new constructions in Boston are offering customized top-of-the-line amenities both within the units and throughout the buildings to both attract buyers and transform the building from just somewhere to live, to somewhere that compliments residents’ lifestyles.
The demand for creating an innovative space has surpassed the demand for over the top amenities of the past, such as bowling alleys and golf stimulators, according to Market Watch.
These are being replaced with more thoughtful additions and finishes, including private parking spots and other amenities that are focused on personal comfort and wellness of residents.
Modern amenities now resemble features that can be found in high end hotels, and resorts with luxuries hoping to enhance quality of life. Some of these include spas, high-end gyms, BBQ, community areas and high-end air and water filtration systems.
These additions are becoming the new normal with new developments throughout the world and the high-rise boom in Boston.
Pierce Boston is an iconic new construction that has begun to offer private sky cabanas for residents on the rooftop as well as a common roof deck open for all residents.
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Other new developments such as The Eddy in East Boston is offering residents a dog washing station and interiors that focus on sustainable living with smart thermostats and energy star-rated appliances.
Even buildings offering more basic amenities are making sure they are completed to the highest level of luxury.
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The Eddy is the latest new development coming to East Boston this September.
The 16-story tower is being built on four acres of waterfront property, with incredible views, access to the Harborwalk and LoPresti Park.
As well as a great location, the building provides residents with luxury amenities throughout. These include a new restaurant complete with outdoor seating, a rooftop pool, a roof deck, a communal chef’s kitchen, a fitness center, secure bike parking and even a dog washing station.
There is convenient access to the rest of Boston from the Maverick Square T stop just six blocks away.
There will be a mix of studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments with open layouts, floor-to-ceiling windows, recycled materials and energy star-rated appliances.
The Eddy has been constructed and designed with sustainable living and the environment in mind.
The building has a real-time energy monitoring system and a natural gas co-generation plant on site to produce power.
With well-designed spaces, learning thermostats, locally sourced and recycled materials, the building is created to perform 28% better than the average building.
The location has been rated with a great walking score and residents will have access to natural spaces as well as amenities throughout the nearby neighborhood.
The units will also be relatively more affordable than many of the other new luxury developments throughout Boston, with rents starting at $2,000 for studios and the low $3,000’s for two bedrooms.
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Despite Boston remaining one of the priciest rental markets in the country, there are signs that the market may finally be topping out, according to the Boston Globe.
The rents throughout Boston have grown at the slowest rate in two years and the vacancy rate for apartments has hit a six year high.
With these rental market statistics and a number of new apartment buildings being built or scheduled to open around September 1st, many landlords are feeling the pressure. To keep the rent prices and tenants happy, many have been offering free months and other added benefits.
The average rent for an apartment in Boston is $2,046, according to data from Reis Inc.
This average has only climbed 4% from last year, however, which is the slowest annual growth rate in two years.
More than 7,000 housing units have come on the Boston housing market in the last two and a half years, mostly high-end apartments with high rent prices. This is forcing the new luxury buildings to adjust themselves to attract the average renter in the city, which in turn affects the mid-market buildings.
Prices have also climbed fast in more affordable neighborhoods and nearby suburbs.
There have also been signs of slowing on projects throughout Boston, with permits for multifamily housing units less than last year and behind the pace of the last few years.
One Bromfield is a 59-story residential and commercial tower planned for the corner of Washington and Bromfield Streets in Downtown Crossing, developed by Midwood Investment and Development.
After many points have been brought up by the community, the developers are being asked to revise the project. Some of these points include: height, transportation, operational logistics and street scape.
This has stalled the plans for this new development moving forward until at least the end of July, but there is currently no definite project timeline.
Original plans for the tower date back to 2008, when it was first proposed as a 28-story residential tower. However, the developers filed a new report in April proposing a 59-story tower with 419 residential units and six-story ground floor podium.
Due to the size and nature of the project, developers must go through Boston Zoning Board of Appeals to get approval for the building and must now rethink the scale of the project, keeping in mind the concerns of the surrounding developments.
The general feedback from the community was that the neighborhood needs to be more selective and thoughtful about the developments within this historic area.
Until this project moves forward, Millennium Tower will remain the tallest building in Downtown Crossing.
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The high rise boom in Boston is bringing with it beautiful, new designer condos, complete with luxury amenities aimed at attracting young professionals to the city.
The development of these ‘designer high rises’ aim to promote Boston as a bigger and more international city, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Between 2010 and 2014, Boston’s population grew by 6%, which was twice the national rate, according to government statistics. They have also predicted that there will be as many as 90,000 new residents over the next 14 years.
The new buildings are a popular prospect for young professionals, especially those involved in Boston’s growing biotech and pharmaceutical industries.
With an expansion of international flight service to overseas destinations and a growing international community within the city, the market interested in these developments has grown.
The stylish new apartments all offer their own array of amenities, including 24-hour concierge, pet spas, bike garages and rooftop getaways.
Since 2013, there has been around 13 million feet of construction going on at one time, which shows just how much development has been taking place across the city, much of it residential.
The new residential towers are more than just your average high rise, offering their residents a whole lifestyle package, with places to play, work and grow a community.
One of the most iconic new developments, Pierce Boston, has started offering residents the chance to own their own private roof cabana, alongside a public rooftop area open to all residents.
Another iconic new development, Millennium Tower, has already sold 95% of the tower’s 442 condos.
With premium condo prices rising well above those of single-family homes, some long time residents feel the new developments are out of place amongst Boston’s historical features. However, the building boom shows no sign of slowing down for now.
Back Bay is one of Boston’s most sought after areas, with some of the best shopping along Newbury Street, beautiful brownstones, iconic buildings and a huge range of dining options.
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There are a huge range of listings throughout Back Bay to suit everyone, as well as a range of buildings offering high-end amenities in prime locations.
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