Say you want a ton of amenities with your newer Boston condo or apartment; and yet you only have about $2,800 a month or $895,000 total to spend (poor you). What do you do? You rent or buy one of the smaller units in these recent Hub developments. The relatively cheaper price tags may mean living quarters of well under 500 square feet, but they also mean basketball courts, pet-grooming, electric car charging, rooftop pools, fire pits and (of course) yoga. Let's start in the South End.
Troy Boston is part of the constructionpalooza transforming the northeastern corner of the South End. Its 378 apartments include 3-BRs, but they also include studios of barely 300 feet. The one coolly rendered above runs to 323 square feet. Renting that puppy entitles the tenant to the building's full slate of amenities, including the pool, the cabana, the rooftop fire (and barbecue) pits, the yoga room, the fitness center. And so forth.
Another South End exclamation point, the Ink Block mega-project will be almost like a city within a city, complete with its own Whole Foods and Millennial-targeted hotel, not to mention in-building amenities such as a rooftop pool, pet grooming and something called "personalized digital training." A sizable handful of its 315 units are under 600 square feet.
At the 286-unit Victor, which opened in the West End in January 2014, studios run to as small as 542 square feet. That entitles a renter to amenities that include a half-basketball court, a concierge and a club lounge with billiards.
The 398-unit AVA Theater District, set to officially open this spring and already leasing, includes units as tiny as 469 square feet. The Millennial-friendly building itself boasts amenities such as an electric car-charging station and a bike-repair room.
The 685-foot Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing will include condos as small as 759 square feet amid its grand—and grandly expensive—spreads. These relatively cheaper numbers (they start at $895K) will entitle owners to a portfolio of amenities, including a 24-hour concierge, a library, a game room, the largest residential fitness center in Boston, an outdoor terrace, an indoor junior Olympic lap pool, a private ballroom, a bar, and exclusive restaurant services overseen by star chef Michael Mina.
The 359-unit 100 Pier 4, opening next month as part of a much larger project in the Seaport District, includes 50 innovation units spread over two floors. Some are small as 460 square feet and get their tenants access to amenities such as a splash pool-plus-outdoor deck, a 24-hour fitness center and a private screening room.
The 187-unit Avalon Exeter opened about a year ago, and still has studios as small as 435 square feet available. Said units, which rent for nearly $3K a month, get tenants access to amenities such as the fitness center and the on-site ZipCar station. There's also indoor access from the tower to Copley Place and the Shops at Prudential. Can't put a price tag on shopping like that.
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· What, Exactly, Makes a Home a Micro-Home in Greater Boston? [Curbed Boston]
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