Doorbell App Brings Residents Together This September

Doorbell Blog

Doorbell is a new app developed by Harvard students hoping to connect building residents with one another and coming to Boston this September.

This multifaceted property management app focuses on creating quality co-living experiences with building residents, according to Bostinno.

The platform has already been tested in New York City and given developers a good idea of what residents really want before they launch in Boston this fall.

Doorbell allows residents in a building the opportunity to communicate, share goods and services, coordinate building events and other interactions. The inspiration comes from co-living environments and attempts to replicate the opportunities that stem from communal areas in buildings that may not have the same amenities.

Local stores and restaurants will also have the opportunity to become involved, by offering nearby residents special discounts and perks.

As for property managers who make use of the app, they will have functionalities such as ways to handle maintenance requests and rent collection.

Doorbell is first planning to launch in Cambridge and Somerville this fall, in Holden Green, Peabody Terrace and 45 Concord Ave. While Holden Green is a large development with 483 units, 45 Concord only has about 50 units.

In the future the app plans to expand to Fenway, particularly some of the new construction projects, where it would benefit from starting fresh with a new development and new residents coming in at the same time.

Green Line Extension Proposal Moving Forward

Green Line Boston

Plans to extend the Green Line are slowly moving forward at a now estimated cost of $2.3 billion.

This Monday the state transportation board and the MBTA control board voted to bring the project to federal transit officials to review.

The approved plans are a scaled-down version of the extension that was originally estimated at $3 billion.

In order for the project to actually become a reality it still needs approval from The Federal Transit Administration.

The issues behind the project moving forward include, financing the project and completing the project without jeopardizing the improvements needed for the T’s core service.

The Green Line extension project consists of 4.7 miles of new track with six new stations that would run through East Cambridge, Somerville and Medford.

In order to cut the price from the original proposal the maintenance facilities and stations are simpler and include shorter community paths and fewer bridges.

The stations would still include shelter and walking and bike paths along the transit routes.

The board’s approval shows their determination in moving forward with this project, however funding, management of the project and the project timeline are still under scrutiny.

If approved, construction will begin in about 18 months and take around four years to be completed.

Kendall Square Rising Condo Prices

Kendall Square Condos

Rooftop view of Cambridge MA from parking garage

Curbed recently showed the fast-changing prices of Kendall Square condos and they are high. Housing is pouring into Kendall Square with a large number of new additions and developments rising in the area.

The prices average $617 a square foot and have seen Kendall Square become an in-demand area for residents.

Cambridge, surrounding Kendall Square, and Somerville are changing along with it, seeing more and more biotech companies moving in. For the full report on Kendall Square’s condo prices visit NeighborhoodX, real estate research site.

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Assembly Row in Somerville set to Expand

Located just 2 miles Northwest of Boston, Somerville presents a unique opportunity for anyone looking to live right outside the city.  The massive Assembly Row project has really put Somerville on the map in recent years.  It is home to apartments, office space, retail, restaurants and recreational areas.  When it is all said and done, the project has the total potential for nearly 2 million square feet of office space, a hotel, the first T station added to the MBTA system in over 20 years (Assembly Station on the orange line), up to 2,100 residential units, almost 10 football fields of shopping and a six-acre riverfront park.  Last week, Federal Realty Investment Trust announced as part of their Quarterly Report that they will be moving forward with Phase II of the project.  According to Curbed this next phase will include, 447 luxury apartments, 117 luxury condos, a 155-room boutique hotel, 167,000 square feet of retail space, and a 700,000-square-foot office building that Partners Healthcare is constructing.

The existing phase of Assembly Row already includes nearly 40 retailers from outlets to big box, over 10 restaurants & eateries, a movie theatre, numerous offices and the Avalon at Assembly Row Apartments.  There are almost 200 apartments there and range from Studios to 3 Bedrooms.  They currently only have availability in 1 or 2 Bedroom apartments and they range from $2,700 to $4,100 per month depending on the plan and location.  These 200 apartments are just a small piece of the over 2,000 proposed residential units.  Somerville is already the most densely populated city in New England and 15th most densely populated in the entire U.S. as of the 2010 census.  With the continued expansion and buildup of more residences, the small 4 square mile city will only become more dense.  But with the easy access to the T and 93, the convenience and value still rains supreme.

Below is a quick video with detail on Avalon at Assembly Row…