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The Five Boston Neighborhoods Everyone Should Be Watching

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Everyone knows that Boston is in the midst of both a hotel-building boom and an apartment-building boom (and there are some condos going up, too, though not nearly enough). All this new development, coupled with streetscape changes and new transit options, means change, change, change for the city. Here are five neighborhoods in particular that are seeing more than their fair helping of it.

A half-dozen recently completed and still planned projects are bringing around 2,200 apartments and condos to the area around Fenway Park, including the 342-unit Viridian. (Not to mention, there's a garden on part of the roof of said ballpark.) At the same time, too, prices are creeping northward and it feels like they will never go back down.


Just this week Gov. Charlie Baker joined other public- and private-sector notables to officially break ground on the new commuter-rail station that's part of the massive Boston Landing development, which includes a new world HQ for sneaker kingpin New Balance, an NHL-regulation-sized rink and a new hotel (and possibly housing). There's also the Lancaster condo at 1501 Commonwealth Avenue, which recently started sales (units begin at $499K).

East Boston
Recently under way or announced projects such as the 259-unit, twin-towered 6 New Street (rendered above) will translate into hundreds of new apartments and even condos for Eastie. Meanwhile, like Fenway, it's seeing some steep rises in prices, if not outright records.

Downtown Crossing
This one's a no-brainer. New developments such as the boutique Godfrey Hotel (which opens this fall and is rendered herewith), Millennium Place and Millennium Tower (millennium!) are set to finally perhaps maybe change the largely 9-to-5 neighborhood into a more 24-7 operation. Our at least that's the latest generation's hope.

West End/North End Borderlands
This area of downtown Boston is slated to get big-time projects such as the under-construction Lovejoy Wharf (which includes the worldwide HQ for Converse and 175 luxury condos) and the could-be-under-way-soon 1.87 million-square-foot development on the site of the old Boston Garden, which is slated to have 497 residential units and 306 hotel rooms (it's rendered up top).

We say it often, but we really mean it: Stay tuned.
· Mapping the Construction Around Fenway Park on Opening Day [Curbed Boston]
· Symphony Court Condos Among Fenway's Priciest Sales [Curbed Boston]
· Brighton's Massive Boston Landing Wants to Add Housing [Curbed Boston]
· Four Developments Rocking Boston's World Right Now [Curbed Boston]
· Mapping the New Development in Busy, Busy East Boston [Curbed Boston]
· Loft at 64 Marion Street Sets East Boston Sales Record [Curbed Boston]
· The Tower That Hopes to Remake Downtown Crossing [Curbed Boston]
· Godfrey Hotel Will Soon Join a Changing Downtown Crossing [Curbed Boston]
· First Look at How Lovejoy Wharf Will Meet the Waterfront [Curbed Boston]
· Ginormous Project Next to TD Garden Could Start This Year [Curbed Boston]
· Mapping the Many, Many New Hotels Checking Inn to Boston [Curbed Boston]
· The Biggest Greater Boston Apartment Openings in 2015 [Curbed Boston]
· Boston, There Are No Condos to Buy. Get Used to It. [Curbed Boston]

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