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What Development or New Building Caught Your Eye in 2014?

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We asked some local real estate notables to groove us the buildings, newish and older, that caught their eyes in the year rapidly disappearing.



John A. Keith, a Boston broker: Waterside Place isn't as bad as I once thought. The building, colloquially known by me as the "bottle-opener building" due to its roof design, stands out amongst the bland office buildings to its right and left. Well, it will stand out until the BCEC builds its 1,350-car garage right in front of it. But, still ...
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Jonathan Berk, real estate attorney, founder of the BuildingBOS blog and member of Boston's Onein3 Council: Assembly Row. Never judge a book by its cover? I think everyone has an opinion on this project. My first impressions on my first walk-through… did the guys dressed in the Mickey Mouse costumes have the day off…? However, each time I go back it feels like it's continuing to grow and develop its neighborhood identity. It will be interesting to seen whether or not this is a model that can be partially applied to areas like Suffolk Downs and Beacon Yards in the years to come.

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Nick Warren, president and CEO of Warren Residential: Again, Millennium Tower. From its exterior design to its incredible amenities, they really went all out. I think it will be one of those buildings that we compare all other new construction in Boston with for a long time.
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Charles Cherney, a broker in Cambridge and Somerville: Well done, Cafasso Design Group! See their 2014 renovation of 13 Greenough Avenue in Mid-Cambridge.
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David Bates, a Boston broker and our Bates By the Numbers columnist: 282 Marginal, East Boston: Contemporary condo lofts, set a new pricing standard for East Boston in a Jeffries Point location that was a touch on the fringe. Ink Block: That once scary-looking, undefined area off 93, is looking a lot friendlier. Millennium Tower: They don't have much to show in terms of brick and mortar, but this development (and developer) is setting the standard for future Boston real estate in so many ways.
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Paul McMorrow, Boston Globe op-ed columnist and CommonWealth magazine associate editor: Somerville's Union Square redevelopment partnership with Magellan Development.
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Lara Gordon, a broker in Cambridge and Somerville: I've been particularly interested in development a bit further out of Boston proper: Everett, Chelsea, Medford and Malden are all vying to be the next best thing and it will be fun to watch their evolution in the coming years.
· Our The Year in Curbed Boston archive [Curbed Boston]

Millennium Tower

1 Franklin Street, , MA 02110 Visit Website

Waterside Place

Congress Street, Boston, MA