Boston is getting millions of dollars in funding to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, which is great news especially as the weather warms up.
Many residents rely on cycling or walking for their commute no matter what neighborhood they live in. Even though Boston has been rated one of the top cities in the country for walkability, a lot still needs to be done to ensure the safety of everyone at busier locations.
VisionZero is a program that has been implemented to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians and it just got a big boost in the 2017 budget.
Following a fatal collision last summer at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street, the program is looking to redesign the cities’ most dangerous intersections to make them safer.
The four areas that will be prioritized this year include: Massachusetts Avenue, the Talbot-Norfolk Triangle in Dorchester, the area around the Orange Line’s Stony Brooke Station in Jamaica Plain and Harvard Avenue.
These areas have been selected first after three years of crash and speeding data was analyzed.
The City Council has approved a $9.3 million budget over the next three years to improve these and other similar areas that have seen frequent collisions or speeding.
The improvements include creating more crosswalks, wider sidewalks, speed bumps, new bicycle lanes and redesigning traffic signal patterns. These changes will be made without interrupting parking areas and will be adjusted for all modes of travel.
How safe do you feel on your commute? Let us know what areas you’re looking forward to seeing improved!
Currently there are 8,000 new housing units under construction throughout Boston, which is the highest amount of construction employment over the past 20 years.
This is no surprise to the growing housing construction considering the population is growing faster today than any other time in Boston’s history.
In a statement Mayor Walsh said, “Our population is growing faster today than at any time in our city’s history, and I’m committed to making sure that Boston stays affordable by meeting the demand of our growing city. By working across multiple agencies, this Administration is working everyday to bring new units on line at a variety of income levels, and we are seeing results.”
Since the ‘Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030’ plans were launched in October 2014 there has been a total of 17,183 housing units permitted or completed throughout the city.
On Earth Day, events take place all over Boston to discuss how we can be more environmentally conscious.
What many don’t already know is that a majority of the apartment buildings throughout the city, new and old, are extremely environmentally conscious, eco-friendly apartments.
Just over 400 buildings and projects throughout Boston are LEED certified. This means they are constructed and designed using the ‘best-in-class building strategies and practices’ and are labeled through the green building certification program.
This list includes some major eco-friendly apartments, such as the Mosaic on the Riverway. Located in The Longwood Medical Area this luxury condo building is not only beautifully designed, but has obtained a LEED Silver certification for its energy efficient construction.
The Lancaster, is a LEED Gold certified condominium complex created by Cambridge-based Urban Spaces. This was the first condominium complex in the city to receive the gold level certification for their environmentally conscious construction.
Eco-friendly apartments are a growing trend and LEED certified buildings remain just as luxurious while also protecting our Earth.
Boston residents are willing to pay a hefty price for prime parking, but just how much do these prices vary throughout the city?
A report by the real estate research site NeighborhoodX breaks down the purchase price of various Boston parking spaces throughout some of the most popular residential areas. The prices range from $50,000 in South End to the most expensive on the list, $390,000 in Beacon Hill.
With Beacon Hill being one of the city’s most sought after residential neighborhoods, it’s no surprise you’ll have to pay top dollar to park there too. The Brimmer Street Garage parking spaces generally range from $250,000 to $390,000.
Back Bay parking follows close behind, with the most expensive spaces on Marlborough St. priced at $305,000, approximately $1,743/sq.ft. There are a few cheaper options in this area as well, with a spot purchased on Newbury Street for $108,500.
Downtown is right in the middle, with a parking space purchase price of $105,000. The cheapest parking spot sales happened in the South End, ranging from $50,000 to $87,500.
Three major real estate developments are set to transform three of the biggest Boston train stations: North Station, Back Bay Station and South Station.
The Boston Globe reported that these complex projects will bring with them residential towers, retail complexes, parking garages, improved train stations and even potentially one of the tallest buildings in the city. To keep up to date on the latest information regarding all of these new developments as they happen click here.
Developer Boston Properties has created a vision for the transformation of Back Bay Station, including three towers of 26, 28 and 34 stories rising above the station. Not far from the One Dalton luxury residences, this trio would include approximately 600 residences, retail and office space. The whole area would total around 1.26 million square feet and would reconnect Back Bay and the South End.
While the ambitious Back Bay project may be a few years away, Boston Properties along with Delaware North have already begun the project planned for North Station. The Hub at Causeway includes a 38-story residential tower, a large retail complex, restaurants, offices, hotels and an improved station.
South Station is also facing exciting change and could finally see one of the city’s biggest towers from the Houston developer Hines. The two tower project could reach 677-feet and is being developed to include more housing while also including office space and hotels.
The third Monday of April is nearing which means the world’s oldest annual marathon is just around the corner. The Boston Marathon, one of the world’s best-known road racing events, takes place on Patriots Day. The event has been in existence since 1897, and this year marks the 120th race. For those new to the Boston area, the 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18th and will begin a little before 9:00am. The historic course starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and runs through numerous other towns ultimately ending on bustling Boylston Street near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square (and right by the Advisors Living headquarters!)
Along the marathon course, rowdy fans and elite runners have the chance to take in the new and under construction development projects that are coming to fruition. Ashland Woods, located at 277 West Union Street in Ashland, MA is the first development site near the marathon. Access to the race cannot get simpler if you live in the new 60-unit apartment complex developed by Trask. Ashland Woods is in the Highway Commerce Zone and includes two 32,000-square-foot buildings both holding 30 units.
From Ashland the runner will travel next into Framingham where Brendon Homes is quickly selling through the new construction development with detached, single-family style condos as well as attached homes. They also offer a single level living plan (ideal to go home to after a long run); so there is truly something for everyone. They have sold over 80 homes in the last year with Phase 1 completely sold out and Phase II nearing 80%. Phase III won’t be far behind.
On to Natick from there, home to one of the more unique properties on the route, Nouvelle at Natick. These luxury condos are attached to the Natick Mall and provide both luxury and convenience to its homeowners. This community sold out back in 2012 but re-sales do pop up now and then so keep an eye out!
The next of many miles lead runners through the beautiful homes of Wellesley, Newton and Brookline. These are some of the most affluent suburbs that Massachusetts has to offer. Spectators young and old line the streets in front of spectacular, single family homes and wonderful brownstones depending on what part of the course they are on. Brookline is also home to the Longwood Medical Area where Mosaic on the Riverway is being constructed. This 10-story building will have 42 luxury condos when complete later this summer. They are nearing 75% sold but there are great 1 and 2 bedroom options still remaining.
The home stretch will of course lead runners into the heart of the city. Veteran runners who ran last year will probably notice even more high-rise buildings like Millennium Tower and One Dalton or even 22 Liberty in the Seaport. All of these buildings have been rapidly growing into the Boston skyline.
If you’re looking for real estate along the Boston Marathon route, there are plenty of options and quite the variety. Prices will range in any of these towns but if you are looking to save a few dollars, you should run outside of the city, not in it!
North Quincy is not the only T stop to experience surrounding construction. JFK/UMass and Quincy Adams also have construction rising around them, starting a small, but growing, trend of constructing mixed-use spaces around transit stations.
The board that oversees the transit authority approved the project. However, still facing a separate set of approvals in Quincy, the mixed-use development is but a proposal. The lot where the mixed-use space would go is owned by the MBTA. If the project is approved, it would bring with it a 99-year lease and $230 million in revenue for the MBTA.
Do you think new residential and retail space would be good for North Quincy? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
The Boston International Film Festival (Boston IFF) has been one of Boston’s most prominent annual attractions for more than a decade. This April will mark the 14th year of the event and the people of Boston could not be more excited. This rich, cultural experience is unique to the downtown area and provides entertainment for movie critics and fans alike.
The Boston International Film Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the people behind the scenes. The festival is dedicated to rewarding artists for their individual talents and for their creative expressions. The Boston IFF unites local, national and international filmmakers and supports the work of worldwide independent filmmakers. The 5-day festival will begin on Thursday, April 14th and end on Monday, April 18th. The screenings provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for audience members to engage in dialogue with the filmmakers, and for the filmmakers to receive honest feedback from their audiences.
There are over 100 screenings and live events scheduled throughout the festival, and will be held across three major locations in Downtown Boston, including the AMC Loews Theatre located at 175 Tremont Street, The Paramount Theatre located at 559 Washington Street, and the BPE Studio located at 9A Hamilton Place. Opening night will feature a Red Carpet event starting at 6:00pm followed by a movie screening from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Residents and future residents of the downtown area should strongly consider attending this vibrant event.
The cost of attendance depends on the experience you are looking to have. With that said, none of the experiences will break the bank. For those only looking for a night of fun you can purchase a screening pass for $45.00 and enjoy the screenings of that specific day. The second option is an All Screening pass, which is $75 and lasts throughout the festival, providing admittance to all screenings. Last, but not least, is the All access VIP Pass that cost $250.00 and they allow you to meet the stars and filmmakers, go to each of the parties, and see any of the films. Regardless of the option you choose, you are in for a great atmosphere filled with talented people and thought-provoking films. Attractions like this are just another great perk of living in and around the city of Boston.
345 Harrison Avenue is one of many new developments appearing along the South End’s streets adding to the huge amount of transformation occurring in the area.
Developed by Nordblom, Inc. the apartments are just a few blocks away from new developments at 600 Harrison Avenue and 775 Harrison Avenue. 345 Harrison will be a two-building complex housing 602 apartments. The luxury buildings will be 13 and 14 stories tall and provide 535,900 square feet of living space.
The complex is located along Traveler Street and Harrison Avenue, amongst many other luxury home options. A pedestrian walkway and ground-floor retail space connect the complex and give a community feel to the luxury homes, allowing residents to shop, meet and relax.
The landscape is specifically designed to tie together the buildings, trees and streetlights, creating an inviting outdoor space. The nearby Rotch Playground and Rolling Bridge Park provide residents easy access to the city’s charming recreational spaces. Situated in the midst of Boston’s South End surrounded by industrial, brick buildings, 345 Harrison will be a chic and urban escape in Boston’s South End neighborhood.
Crossing Massachusetts Avenue to the tree-lined streets of Harrison Avenue, the Boston Medical Center rises to your right, busy with residents and physicians milling in and out.
Walking down Harrison Avenue, you’re met with an array of businesses, hospitals, brunch spots, and architecturally brilliant churches and brownstones. At 775 Harrison Avenue sits the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the proposed site for a redeveloped 62-unit condominium. This is the second church-to-condo development project within the South End. The first being The Lucas located just Northeast of this property.
As you look to your left and duck into the neighboring offshoots of streets you stumble across some of Boston’s best kept brunch secrets. The South End Buttery is tucked off on one of these small side streets, filled with the clattering of brunch and laughter from local residents. Tremont street dazzles with boutiques and a posh nightlife, housing local favorites like that of the speakeasy Beehive and pizza restaurant Picco. As you make your way back to Harrison Avenue and continue East, to your right sits 600 Harrison Avenue. 600 Harrison Avenue is one of the many new luxury apartment developments planned for Boston’s South End with 160 apartments, an expansive roof deck, retail space and parking.
At the intersection of Harrison Avenue and East Dedham Street begins the proposed Harrison-Albany Corridor, a 14,000 square feet of retail space and 40,000 square feet of office space with an underground garage. Not yet built, but looking to integrate within the vibrant fabric of the South End neighborhood, the mixed-use space will cover the expanse of several city blocks bringing residential, retail and cultural space to the area. A 19-story South End building could house luxury apartments becoming the tallest new construction in the neighborhood, bringing 710 units to the area.