“Maisonette” is a French word meaning “little house”, and one of the newest luxury condo buildings planned for the South End will include these such homes. The next part of the new Ink Block property at the site of the old Boston Herald will be a called Siena and house 79 condos. National Development hopes to begin construction by the end of the year with an opening planned for some time in 2017.
Siena will feature first floor units in the maisonette style with lofted ceilings and access directly to the street. This is a concept rarely seen in Boston but has become more popular in NYC more recently where in some cases the 1st floor homes are getting equal value to penthouses in the same building. These particular units are expected to range in size from 600 to 1,200 sq ft and will have plenty of windows for natural light. The plan is for Traveler Street to be lined with these homes when the project is complete. In an interview with the Boston Globe, Ted Tye of National Development said of the unique unit styles, “It’s really taking what could be seen as the least attractive space in a building and making it the most attractive.” Ted also noted that the pricing of the building will range from $500,000 – $2M.
Ink Block had their official opening on May 7th with a party at their roof top pool as you can see in the video, it looked like a good time. As the community continues to grow so with the activity in this neighborhood and people will need to decide if they want to live in street level homes, just steps away from all the action.