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Brookline apartment complex in Coolidge Corner half-leased after two weeks

The brisk pace for a building where units start at $2,500 a month highlights the wider region’s demand for housing

Rendering of an apartment with furniture and an open floorplan. Rendering via the Calvin

A new Brookline apartment complex where units start at $2,500 a month is nearly half-leased after only two weeks.

The apartments at the Calvin at 420 Harvard Street in the Coolidge Corner area range from studios to three-bedrooms. The 4.5-story elevator building includes amenities such as a shared landscaped courtyard, an app-based intercom system, a bike room, and a Tatte Bakery & Cafe in the building’s commercial space. Garage parking in a 23-spot below-grade facility is available at an additional cost.

Construction on the Calvin started last September, and is wrapping now. Aura Properties developed the nearly $15 million project, EMBARC designed it, and Coldwell Banker’s Ricardo Rodriguez & Associates is marketing it. That team provided the details about the leasing milestone.

Said 50 percent milestone shouldn’t be that surprising, even with units starting at $2,500. Rental demand remains high across the Boston region, especially for developments nearer to downtown Boston. And Brookline itself is not exactly known for a frenetic pace of new multifamily development.

The town of about 59,000 just to the west of Boston is infamously/famously inhospitable to such projects. A recent proposal for a project on the Brookline-Boston line pitched a 35-unit apartment building on the Boston side and two single-family homes the Brookline one. Blame the wider region’s zoning patchwork.

Brookline gave final approval to the Calvin at 420 Harvard in 2017.