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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Investing in real estate is a big decision and Entrepreneur explains why right now is a great time to start.
According to real estate investor Brandon Turner, investing in real estate is one of the best ways to make the most from your money, especially right now.
His five reasons explain why you should invest in real estate now:
1- Interest rates are low
Real estate is one of the markets that can actually benefit from the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. This has kept the interest rates very low, which leads to low monthly payments. This is beneficial for investors hoping to maximize their profit.
Interest rates have been at historically low levels for the past 10 years and have begun slowly getting higher over the last year. With continuing shaky markets, these rates have once again dropped.
2- Banks are lending again
After recovering from the collapse of the real estate market in 2007, banks have begun to relax with their lending standards again. Obtaining a fixed-rate loan isn’t impossible if you are able to take the right steps.
3- Prices are reasonable
Although real estate prices have climbed, it is still possible to find deals, especially for investors buying bank foreclosures. In May of 2016 there were over 100,000 foreclosure filings according to RealtyTrac.
4- Technology makes investing easier
With the use of technology, investing and finding real estate is significantly quicker and simpler than it used to be. Advertising online is a quick and easy way to list a property. Screening, bill payments, email alerts, virtual tours and crowdfunding websites can all be done with online tools.
A real estate investor barely needs to even leave the house to manage a portfolio of properties.
5- Free online knowledge
What used to be taught at a hefty price can now be found online completely for free. Through the internet anyone can find a ton of information about real estate investing.
Thinking of investing in real estate? Contact us today for more guidance and information from our experts.
Commonwealth Avenue is getting a major reconstruction to make it safer for cyclists in the city.
A $20.4 million reconstruction of one of the most popular streets in Boston has been approved to create a safer route for cyclists.
Between Boston University Bridge and Packard’s Corner, about a half of a mile, the street will be reconfigured to place the bike path between parked cars and the sidewalk, instead of directly next to traffic.
Credit: City of Boston
The reconfiguration will take away one driving lane from each side of the street, but essentially remove the risk of bikers being hit by a door opening in their path.
Pedestrians’ walk across the street will also be shorter and cyclists will not be directly next to moving traffic.
80% of the project is being funded by the federal government and Newport Construction won the bid to manage the plans.
The need for this change is mainly due to the number of bike crashes that have happened along this stretch, which is significantly more than in other areas, even with cyclists using the designated bike lane.
The project will not only help cyclists, but improve sidewalk accessibility for pedestrians and improved traffic signals.
A proposed skinny high rise for Downtown Crossing is facing opposition from residents of the neighborhood and the Boston Opera House next door to the site.
The plans for the 533 Washington St. site include a 300-foot pencil-thin apartment tower where Felt nightclub once was.
The apartment tower would be 30 stories and 94 residential units, ground floor restaurant space and two floors of office space.
The area is known for its low-rises and focus on beautiful architecture, so a main concern is what the introduction of this tower, which is well over the current zoning restrictions, will mean for the future of the area.
One of the main groups opposing the development is the businessmen who own Boston Opera House. The pair sent a letter to the BRA stating the concerns for how this new development would seriously effect their venue, including creating traffic and threatening the structure of the historic building.
There is also concerns that damage from the construction could result in huge losses for the theater and the companies involved.
Another main concern is the growth of these towers in this area and placing such an ambitious project on such a thin site.
This skinny tower is one of many proposed for the area and they would all need to exceed the current zoning limit of 155 feet that is in place.
Developers and some supporters believe that this development will bring much needed housing for young professions in the area.
Stay tuned to find out how the project develops and let us know your thoughts!
The Northern Avenue Bridge is set to get a major facelift and plans for the redesign were left up to submissions from the public.
Over 100 designs were submitted and are far from your average bridge, with ideas ranging from outrageous parks, farms, galleries and many more.
The final four designs have now been chosen and announced by the Mayor and the Boston Society of Architects and from these there will be the final designs for the future of the bridge.
The Northern Avenue Bridge was originally constructed in 1908. It connected people, cyclists, cars and trains from one side of the Fort Point Channel to another and was closed in 2014. The closure was due to corrosion and fears for its safety and the possibility of it even collapsing into the water, but now the city is hoping to breathe new life into the structure.
One of the finalist designs was created by Rob Barella, a landscape engineer for Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture, who turned the new bridge into a park.
The design is for a rail-car bridge that includes terraces, floating island and green space that goes all the way down to water level.
Two of the other winners also make use of green space in their designs. The design titled the ‘Northern Avenue Botanical Bridge’ by Mazen Sakr and Aaron Bruckerhoff, includes an enclosed pedestrian walkway and a greenhouse botanical garden.
All of the designs are modern and inventive and create drastically different new uses for the iconic bridge.
The excitement surrounding this project is building and the final winner will be creating a truly unique new space in the Fort Point area.
Starbucks is a staple in most Boston neighborhoods, but two new possible openings are being very differently received.
The first is in Seaport, where the brand is looking to open their sixth location in the area.
Soon coffee lovers in the area will be able to visit the premium Starbucks location at 101 Seaport, as a part of the 17-story office building that is home to the headquarters of PwC.
Opening this summer, this location will feature the brand’s reserve coffee blends that come from Starbucks’ flagship roasting home in Seattle.
This Seaport location comes along with a huge amount of retail openings in that area and hasn’t received any negative feedback about the opening.
In Southie, residents aren’t so excited about the idea of a Starbucks coming to their neighborhood.
The plans for the chain coffee-shop to open at 749 East Broadway have already been denied once at the beginning of this month, due to residents disapproval and the fear that it would disrupt locally owned coffee shops in the area.
Those behind the disapproval are also worried about the possibility of increased traffic at the already busy corner.
Despite these concerns Starbucks is not giving up that easy and have already appealed the rejection, however it is not clear when the proposal will be reconsidered. A spokeswoman for Starbucks has voiced how this proposal can bring something to the community, yet most residents still don’t seem to be on board.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Starbucks will hurt local coffee shops or is it something every neighborhood needs? Let us know!
During a Twitter chat with the mayor last week many Boston residents suggested the idea of closing some of the cities’ most popular streets to cars for select days and opening them to pedestrians.
City officials have now confirmed that this idea has already begun taking shape for months and Newbury Street will be closed to cars for one day this summer.
By mid-June city officials will announce what day this will occur in the popular Back Bay shopping area. This will be the first test day in what will potentially be a reoccurring event throughout the city.
“The ability to let the public and pedestrians go in a place normally owned by vehicles and not be hindered by traffic and worry about crossing the street is a good thing,” said Jerome Smith, Mayor Walsh’s chief of civic engagement.
If this initial event attracts enough attention and works well then the city will look at ways to expand the initiative to other streets or to occur more frequently.
Depending on how businesses feel about the day and how well it works with the surrounding area it could even become a monthly event.
While the public has shown an excitement for the idea, certain safety precautions need to be made and specific event details need to be laid out before the concept becomes a reality.
What do you think of the idea? Let us know and stay tuned for the official date!
An East Boston waterfront apartment complex will break ground today along with guests of honor, Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh, according to Curbed.
Named Boston East, the idea for the residential development was originally created a decade ago as a condo project.
The project has been a long time in the making due the recession and subsequent financing challenges. The original condo concept has been reinvented as apartments and is finally being turned into a reality.
Developer Trinity Financial has now been approved for the 200 unit apartment building, with 174 of the units as market rate and 26 as affordable.
The Boston East development will be more than just apartments though, including a 400-foot public boardwalk, a kayak launch, a community art gallery and an acre of open ground.
$3 million has also been donated by the state to help expand the Boston Harborwalk.
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!