After three rounds of voluminous voting—the most ever in the Curbed Cup's five years, in fact—we're ready to pick the best neighborhood in Greater Boston for 2015. The final round pits Boston's Fenway against Somerville's Assembly Row. Polls open through midnight on New Year's Eve. This one's for all the marbles so let's get right to it, shall we?
There is so much going on in Fenway, it's absurd. When the Red Sox played the first home game of their latest season this past April at the identically named ballpark, there were at least six projects planned or underway in the surrounding neighborhood. Some, such as the Van Ness with its $3K-plus-a-month studios, opened later in the year, while even fresher developments, including the 30-story Pierce Boston, with its 109 condos and 240 apartments, quickly moved in to take their places on Fenway's roster. We're talking thousands of new apartments and condos, and many times more residents.
Somerville's Assembly Row neighborhood-in-the-making started the year as one area to definitely watch and it did not disappoint. There were details by May about the addition to Assembly Row of 447 luxury apartments and 117 luxury condos (luxury!) as well as a 115-room boutique hotel and tens of thousands of square feet of retail. And! In September, the new 100,000-square-foot complex at 450 Artisan Way was certified as Somerville's first-ever LEED Gold office building. Not bad for a mini-neighborhood that pretty much didn't exist five years ago.
· Assembly Row Spot Somerville's Greenest Office Building Ever [Curbed Boston]
· The 10 Hub Real Estate Developments to Watch in 2015 [Curbed Boston]
· More Apts., Condos and a Hotel for Somerville's Assembly Row [Curbed Boston]
· Mapping the Construction Around Fenway Park on Opening Day [Curbed Boston]
· Fenway's Van Ness and Its $3,500 Studios Officially Open [Curbed Boston]
· Fenway's Pierce Boston Picks Date for Official Groundbreaking [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Cup 2015 archive [Curbed Boston]