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Could New 45 Marion Be a Game-Changer for Brookline?

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While Boston booms with all manner of construction, Brookline, its immediate neighbor to the west, continues to toddle about with gorgeous single-family homes and superannuated apartment and condo buildings. New-construction, in other words, is not a descriptor that rolls off the tongue when discussing Brookline. Yet, here comes 45 Marion Street, a fresh apartment project in Coolidge Corner near Boston.

The six-floor complex includes 64 apartments that developer the Danesh Group is marketing as luxury, with high-end finishes and amenities that include a gym and bike parking. Pre-leasing just commenced at 45 Marion and rents start at $2,100 a month for a studio. The developer is touting it as the first luxury development in the area in a decade, according to Megan Turchi at Boston.com (the last being nearby 77 Marion). Plans for building on the site go back to at least 2003, so the fact that there's something about to open there now is gobsmacking enough. Might it presage more luxury rental development in the Boston-Brookline borderlands? Stay tuned.
· Coolidge Corner Gets First New Luxury Apartments in More Than a Decade [Boston.com]
· Boston's Dorm-Construction Boom, Mapped [Curbed Boston]